OpenBSD 101

Right now I’m using SUSE Linux Professional 9.3, and I’m very very happy with it. And I’m seriously looking forward to SUSE Linux 10.0, which is scheduled for release next month.
Lately, I’ve become really interested in learning about other UNIX-like operating systems, like BSD. When I’m done with my education as a computer technician/administrator I wanna be able to do Windows (If Micro$oft hasn’t lost everything on the Windows Vista/Longhorn flop they’re trying to pull off), Linux and also BSD.
BSD’s past seem very very mysterious to me, and let me tell you, it is hard to understand. But today there are three major BSD operating systems out there: FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD.

The ones I find most interesting is FreeBSD and OpenBSD, both have different goals and focusses on different things.

“FreeBSD aims for high performance and ease of use by end users, and is a favourite of web content providers. It runs on a number of platforms, including i386 based systems (“PCs”), systems based on the AMD 64-bit processors, UltraSPARC® based systems, systems based on Compaq’s Alpha processors and systems based around the NEC PC-98 specification. The FreeBSD project has significantly more users than the other projects.

NetBSD aims for maximum portability: “of course it runs NetBSD”. It runs on machines from palmtops to large servers, and has even been used on NASA space missions. It is a particularly good choice for running on old non-Intel hardware.

OpenBSD aims for security and code purity: it uses a combination of the open source concept and rigorous code reviews to create a system which is demonstrably correct, making it the choice of security-conscious organizations such as banks, stock exchanges and US Government departments. Like NetBSD, it runs on a number of platforms.” – Greg Lehey

I’ve been looking for some good books and good tutorials online for getting started with FreeBSD and OpenBSD (I think I eventually will get to NetBSD aswell, but for starters I wanna focus on the two I find most interesting), and I ran into this little collection of short guides and tips ‘n tricks for OpenBSD.

So far I’ve found it very very handy, and a good read before trying to install OpenBSD, if you want to get into OpenBSD aswell, you should definiteley check this out.

Link: OpenBSD 101

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