Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 00:35 UTC
OpenBSD Theo de Raadt has announced the release of OpenBSD 5.2. The OpenBSD 5.2 release page has a detailed list of all changes and improvements. As always, I would love for someone to write proper items about OpenBSD releases - it's outside my interests and cursory glances don't do it justice.
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Comment by marcp
by marcp on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 16:08 UTC
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2007-11-23

Now, that's an OS! granted, it doesn't have many bells and whistles that other OS's have, but it's still one of the cleanest, simplest, coherent and logically organized OS I have ever seen, and I've seen many OS's.

This release brings one thing we all awaited: true [multi]threading thrown into kernel space. It makes possible to use multi-core and multi-cpu HW without any problems. Performance boost + very good security - now, beat that, "OtherOS" ;)

I'm using OpenBSD myself for quite some time now [several years] and it never let me down.

@evert - it doesn't mean it's not possible. Full disk encryption is usually made using external tools anyway. OpenBSD has vnconfig -k capabilities with built-in Blowfish support [I don't trust AES and other stuff]. It is usually more than enough to encrypt your /home [vnconfig -k /dev/vnd0c /path/home.raw] or other mount points [it would need a little hacking, though. You'd have to add few lines of code into the /etc/rc to execute your vnconfig -k /usr, /var, etc early in the boot process]. It's all about knowing HOW to do it, not about "It cannot be done".

And one more thing - OpenBSD configures WiFi from within the installer flawlessly, which cannot be said in other OS's case, really. It also has many tools integrated in order to simplify their usage. No "wpasupplicant" crap. It's all in ifconfig ...

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RE: Comment by marcp
by zima on Sun 4th Nov 2012 00:02 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

OpenBSD has vnconfig -k capabilities with built-in Blowfish support [I don't trust AES and other stuff].

??... You don't trust one of most thoroughly cryptoanalysed cipher, don't trust in its many cryptoanalyses done by best cryptologists?

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by kwan_e on Sun 4th Nov 2012 00:46 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

"OpenBSD has vnconfig -k capabilities with built-in Blowfish support [I don't trust AES and other stuff].

??... You don't trust one of most thoroughly cryptoanalysed cipher, don't trust in its many cryptoanalyses done by best cryptologists?
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There are some people who are automatically suspicious of anything approved by some authority. In the case of encryption, it's the fear that there's a back door in the design that would allow the authorities to break it easily.

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