The English used in this article or section may not be easy for everybody to understand. (September 2011)
"Free, Functional & Secure"
|Developer||The OpenBSD Project|
|Source model||Open source|
|Latest release||6.7 / May 19, 2020|
|Default user interface||pdksh, FVWM for X11|
Like the other open source BSDs and unlike with most Linux operating systems, the whole operating system is developed by the same group of people with OpenBSD. Programmes from other sources are available separately.
OpenBSD is often the first to add new security tools to make it harder to break, developers have also carefully read through the programming code to check for mistakes more than once. The project is led by Theo de Raadt from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and is released under conditions which put few restrictions on people that use the source code, the BSD licence.
OpenBSD releases new versions every six months, each version is supported for one year after release. OpenBSD 4.4 was released November 1, 2008.
Because it is so secure, OpenBSD is often used as a firewall and for other security-related jobs. It is also usable for on a desktop computer, it can act and look like one of several other operating systems like Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and others.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to OpenBSD.|
- The OpenBSD homepage
- OpenBSD journal
- O'Reilly Network: An Interview with OpenBSD's Marc Espie
- One floppy OpenBSD MP3 Player and router/NAT/Firewall
- mdoc.su — short manual page URLs, a URL shortener written in nginx
- OpenBSD ports — full-text search to find applications ported to OpenBSD and available to install as packages
- BXR.SU — OpenBSD source code search (can be useful to see if your new computer parts are supported)