OpenBSD Journal

BSD - OS Alternatives

Contributed by Dengue on from the alt.os.choices dept.

Alex de Haas writes : "PC Magazine has a rather in depth article on the various BSDs out there and why they aren't making the headlines as often as Linux does."

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  1. By mike () on

    I think that it was a great article up until I hit the GPL-flame part. I mean, yeah, I like the BSD license more than most of the alternatives, but an article that ostensibly is trying to educate the ignoratti about the wonders of the BSD land really isn't the place to be starting flame wars. (Oh, and the part about OpenBSD being the most secure operating system in the world is complete rubbish. If it said "most secure operating system in the world that a civilian is likely to get his hands on" it'd be closer to the truth (-: )

    1. By AnonymousCanuk () on

      even then there is the Pitbull extensions to Solaris. Perhaps: most extensively tested and bug free os availible to the public. Not to say that OpenBSD is bug free. OpenBSD is _mostly_ bug free.

    2. By Anonymous Coward () on

      Yeah, all those mythical non-civilian unpublically accessible OS's I'm sure are 100% secure. (sneer)

      Moreover, of course, you civilians who don't have access to such things should of course base your criteria of secure systems on the premise of unknown offerings that you'll never be able to use. After all, basing your criteria off of publically available offerings such as OpenBSD would mean that you must be ignorant and full of rubbish.

    3. By Free Bird () on

      BS. Do you really think that a proprietary, closed source OS which is never subjected to full-scale testing would be more secure than OpenBSD? Roflasc! You are so shortsighted.

  2. By Duh () on

    When it comes to security, go ahead and break into a Mac box. Yet nobody in Macland ever brags about it. Because the system has other merits that
    speak for it. Thios security issue became yet another form of social activism lately, let's stress other achievements.

    1. By Justin Dearing () on

      Well How about configuring MacOS classic to provide remote file, email and console access. You could say DOS is secure becasue it has now TCP/IP stack built in.OpenBSD provides all the standard services one comes to expect from a multi user server operating system and proactively checks the security of these. Its ports collection does not edit configuration files for you causing the admin to have to educate him or herself about the package to enable it. Mac OS classic it designed as a workstation OS for home users. It provides no services to the outside world so the outside world has nothing to compromise.

  3. By Anonymous Coward () on

    I found the article deficient in comparing the installation between the three. I have installed OpenBSD many times, but the one time I tried to install FreeBSD, it seemed it wanted to know what was in the box before I started. How was I going to know that? We pick up unused PCs from around the department and boot the OpenBSD floppy, and find out what is inside. That is what I call easy installation. Works for me.


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