“On October 18th, OpenBSD celebrated its 11th birthday and ten years of punctual biannual releases. Now it’s time for OpenBSD version 4.0, which includes tons of new drivers for wireless, network, and storage chips. Discover what’s new and what battles developers must face daily to access documentation and support new hardware.”
OpenBSD 4.0: Pufferix’s Adventures
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2006-10-27 11:36 pmblixel
Same here, I buy it mainly to support OpenBSD. Though I do think I will end up installing 4.0 on my mail server at some point.
I would also like to mention to people that with the 4.0 release of OpenBSD, the quality of the product packaging has greatly improved. Instead of a CD jewel case, 4.0 is shipped in a DVD case. When the releases came in the CD jewel case, the jewel cases never seemed to hold the CD’s properly. But the new DVD case holds all 3 discs much more securely. Also, the print quality has greatly improved. Particularly regarding the instruction booklet. The old instructions use to be printed on large page that was folded many times and put into the CD jewel case. The new instruction guide is like a mini book. Besides being easier to use, the quality of the printing is a lot better than it use to be. And of course, you still get OpenBSD stickers! I love the stickers.
OpenBSD is a great project. I highly encourage people to buy the distribution from openbsd.org
Sure, you can find it cheaper somewhere else; but the point of buying it is to support the project.
2006-10-27 11:52 pmhappycamper
I would also like to mention to people that with the 4.0 release of OpenBSD, the quality of the product packaging has greatly improved. Instead of a CD jewel case, 4.0 is shipped in a DVD case.
and this is how OpenBSD’s new DVD package looks like
Edited 2006-10-27 23:55
2006-10-28 4:25 amJohann Chua
Using ISBNs for software on physical media seems pretty unique. Does anyone else do that?
2006-10-28 3:54 pmClinton
I haven’t received mine yet, but I’m looking forward to it; as always. OpenBSD makes a great mail/web server and firewall (at least that’s what I always use it for). I love its simplicity and straight forward approach.
I’m happy to hear of the packaging change. With the jewel cases, I think 2.8 was the only release I ever received where all the CD holding tabs were intact. With 3.8, none of them were and all the CDs were just rattling around inside.
As far as the stickers, I’m torn there. I think it is great to have stickers to plaster all over the place, but I don’t like the Asterix style of them. I’d like something more sleek, stylish, and “cool”.
i wonder if the ipw3915 driver will be ported to linux.
2006-10-27 10:41 pm
2006-10-28 12:04 amJanizary
That’s not the free version used by OpenBSD, that’s the one Intel did, the one everyone doesn’t like.
2006-10-28 7:27 amagentj
Why should I have the reason not to like it ?
2006-10-28 12:47 pmomoerbeek
It has an evil binary-only daemon.
2006-10-28 11:15 amRedeeman
why would i want to use a crappy nonfree driver?
2006-10-28 3:56 pmClinton
Especially one from Intel. My experience is the only good drivers for Intel hardware are the ones not created by Intel.
I’m really glad to see OpenBSD keep cranking out new releases. They are by far the best BSD out there and they deserve to stay around. They are also, in my opinion, the most innovative of the BSD’s. So, what I’m really trying to say is…FreeBSD, NetBSD, say thank you to your cousin for giving you so many cool things.
Nice interview but very very technical: it’s level is very high for my “user-mode” understanding
It’s amazing to see the technical skills which this people has and how they use them for creating that amazing OSes.
Edited 2006-10-27 21:00
My copy arrived yesterday. I may or may not install it on anything, but I like to buy OpenBSD releases to help support further development.