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20 years since "and we're just starting": turns 20 (2024-04-09)

Contributed by Peter N. M. Hansteen on from the 20 years a Puffyist dept.

It's been 20 years since the first post appeared.

At that point in our history, we had been enjoying frequent updates to the OpenBSD Journal at the site for more than four years, and most of us thought it was an April's Fool prank when the the editors announced that they were ceasing publication, effective immediately on April 1st, 2004.

Fortunately, Daniel Hartmeier quickly realized the announcement was not a joke, and went to work on a functionally equivalent CGI binary written in C and negotiated to take over the archive of existing articles. The rescued (resurrected?) site went live at on April 9th, 2004.

At the time, the eagerly anticipated upcoming release was OpenBSD 3.5 (which we covered on April 30th of that year). As the release song strongly hints, the introduction of the CARP redundancy protocol was a major item in that release. The release also introduced the OpenBSD/amd64 platform, and included a number of improvements in hardware support and security, with privilege separation introduced in several daemons and important utilities. All the details can be had at the OpenBSD 3.5 release page.

It's been 20 years, what have we got to show for it?

We hope you have been enjoying the site's updates, and we hope that has been a positive factor in promoting all things OpenBSD. The site and its editors have every intention of going on running the site.

If you want to help out, please submit items about OpenBSD that you find noteworthy.

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All the best from the editors.

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  1. By Slava Voronzoff ( on

    Congratulations! Hope to see another post like that in next 20 years!

  2. By Denis (Denis) on

    Congratulations !

    1. By Axe Xae (axeXae) on http://localhost

      20 years and no xz exploit in OpenBSD :D Claps

  3. By ClaudioM ( on

    Congratulations on 20 years, and here's to 20 more!

  4. By Noryungi (noryungi) on

    For 20 years, you have been one of the sites I check daily!

    Great job, great OS, many many thanks to all the people hard at work on both.

  5. By George Nielsen (hitest) on

    Many thanks for your service! Congratulations on this milestone!

  6. By Heinz ( on

    Congratulations to undeadly & OpenBSD. I like this journal and the discussions here very much. I've always found information about configuration and interesting things here. Thank you for your work and spending time. Best regards, Heinz

    1. By Heinz ( on

      Oh, I forgot, I enjoy the option of writing anonymously. Maybe the last place on the web where this works :D

  7. By OpenBSDaddICT ( on

    Keep up your amazing work! Thank you from a 2 years OpenBSD user.

  8. By David ( on


    OpenBSD Journal is always my first tab...everywhere.

    Many, many thanks for all your hard work. It is much appreciated.



  9. By Anonymous Coward (2a01:4f8:c012:fec9::1) on

    Congrats! I check this site at least 5 times a week.


  10. By Daniel Gracia ( on

    Congrats! And thank you so much for the effort of keeping the site lively.

  11. By Jason Dixon (jdixon) on

    Been a while, but I had to pop in and say hello when I saw this announcement on LinkedIn. Hope you're all doing well and happy to see the site (and OpenBSD) continuing to thrive.

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