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ZDNet: Why I use OpenBSD

Dec 04, 2000, 22:43 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephan Somogyi)

"OpenBSD, whose new version 2.8 was announced last Friday, is the one entry in the panoply of open source operating systems that currently doesn't seem to be on too many radar screens. However, I suspect that will change sooner rather than later, since OpenBSD has been focusing on one particular set of features that other OSes -- open source and otherwise -- are frantically working to add."

"OpenBSD's claim to fame is its focus on integrated security and cryptography. To this end, the OpenBSD developers spend a substantial amount of their time auditing the core OS source in an effort to find and fix bugs with security ramifications before they're actually exploited."

"The purpose of this column isn't, however, to simply extoll OpenBSD's virtues. Those with an interest in a security-focused, Unix-like OS can make their way over to the OpenBSD site to read as much (or as little) of the plentiful documentation as they need and make up their own minds."

"That said, I suspect that my set of needs aren't unique and that others might find OpenBSD useful, yet aren't aware of it. Hopefully this column will change that."

"My goal is to build a Unix server that runs the services that I need, without exposing my data or network to unnecessary vulnerability."

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