OpenBSD Journal

Install Notes for Newbies

Contributed by jose on from the new-user dept.

Just a couple of links which may be helpful for new OpenBSD users. The first is A Step-by-Step Guide to Building an OpenBSD PPPoE Gateway, with Firewall . It's a bit old (2.9), so you should definitely skip the IPF parts, but the useful part of the document is getting PPPoE working. This trips up a bunch of newbies with some broadband providers and OpenBSD.

The second note I found and am passing along is about remote upgrades of OpenBSD from distribution . While much of the material is covered in the FAQ (and the upgrade Mini FAQ), in many ways this guide cuts some corners that are common to cut. These notes on the subject are worth reading if you want to save some time and perform a potentially risky upgrade (remotely, unpacking the sets on a live system).

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  1. By Anonymous Coward () on

    hmm, not to bad. But here's one for you (although not competely OBSD ):
    My DSL ISP link (NextGenTel in NOrway) is PPPoA, and they supply a Netopia 4542 'device' which 'routes/firewalls/NATs' etc to RFC1518 address on your home LAN. I spoke to the netopia techies about using the 4542 as a 'bridge' (& using PPPoX on my OBSD LAN host), which it apparantly can, but then you get ethernet encapsulated PPPoA frames (whatever they are) on the LAN side. So I'd like to know if anyone has managed this ?
    I can't even determine the exact framing by sniffing, since the PPP connection is client initiated.

  2. By Anonymous Coward () on

    this is an exellent write up on getting into OBSD, I wish some one had written this when I stumbled upon 2.4. I was new to unix altogether then and the idea of patching for security updates seemed awkward, having a writeup that explained why and how back then would have saved me alot of head scratching. Good to see OBSD's user documentataion base growing. The article mentions the OBSD FAQ and MAN pages off and on, it could apply more emphisis on the fact that 99% of all questions are answered in OBSD's MAN pages, FAQ, or OpenBSD-Misc mail archives. They are an incredible base of information.

  3. By Anonymous Coward () on

    Real has put a lot of work into that page over the years. My first install (2.7) would not have happened without it. Broadband was easier to setup than what he shows for dsl, and was easy to transpose.

    How many of us have his pf.conf and nat.conf examples as the "ancestor" to what we are running today???

    1. By Anonymous Coward () on

      That is no shit. Great job Real. I send new users to the site as a reference.

  4. By Anonymous Coward () on

    A great site that has loads of resources and is geared in particular to OpenBSD newcomers is

    I found out about it a while ago right here on deadly. It's helped me out tremendously with setting up pf.


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