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Ian Darwin: UNIX and OpenBSD Support

This is my UNIX site, but it's mostly about OpenBSD, which I consider to be among the most highly evolved species of UNIX (itself the best of all commercially-available Operating Systems), particularly with regard to security and reliability. Find out why - check out this Wikipedia Featured Article on OpenBSD. Or Frederic Cambus's Why OpenBSD? (2016). There's also my own (1998!) review in WebServer OnLine! (associated with SunExpert / Workstation Expert, original site defunct, thankfully archived at the Internet Archive). The article is years old, but what it says about the project still applies.

Also check out the many testimonials from happy OpenBSD users.


Here is my tentaive list of OpenBSD VPS (Virtual Private Server) providers.

Here is a perennially not-quite-up-to-date OpenBSD Administrator's Cross-Reference that you may find useful.

Here, too, is a simple MS-Windows to Unix summary.

Here is a list of general UNIX resources: short; long.

And my own subset of the now-defunct OpenBSD laptops page.

Regular Expressions are an important tech for Unix users. Here is my summary of regex metacharacters

What I do for OpenBSD

I am an "OpenBSD generalist", meaning I work on any part of the system where I can make a useful contribution. Lately that is mostly web site stuff and ports...

OpenBSD provides a useful mechanism called Ports and Packages, for installing third-party software. Obviously analogous to Linux RPMs, DEBs, etc. A Port is a directory containing all the files to reliably and repeatedly build a Package; a Package is a compiled (if necessary), ready-to-install form of software. A package is similar in spirit to Linux RPM's or apt-get, or MS-Windows installers. I maintain some OpenBSD ports. Refer to the ports page above to get more information about OpenBSD Ports and on updating your ports tree to obtain ports added after the OpenBSD installation.

OpenBSD Information

The OpenBSD FAQ is a tremendously useful resource.

The OpenBSD project have discontinued the "i386 laptop" page; here I maintain information on a few laptops I have or have regular access to.

Linux Users

Scope out this BSD for Linux rant by Matt Fuller. A few parts are specific to FreeBSD rather than OpenBSD, but it's mostly a general comparision between Linux and BSD.

What I offer you from OpenBSD: Support and Training

I offer installation and configuration support for OpenBSD.

My best support offering is an on-site OpenBSD Configuration and Tuning session.

I will install OpenBSD for you if necessary (you can watch), and help you tune it and customize it in whatever ways you need. Special emphasis on AMD64/Intel and SPARC platforms. Please Contact me for availability .

Supporting OpenBSD

The team used to sell OpenBSD on CD-ROM by way of supporting this worthwhile project. However, as CD-ROMs fade from use, this has been discontinued; each release, a single CD is hand-made and auctioned on eBay as a fund raiser. I suggest you can make a donation to the project or convince your larger organization to make a donation to the OpenBSD foundation.

Thecus Downgrade for OpenBSD support.

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