OpenBSD Journal

TV coverage: OpenBSD hackathon, CTV/CFCN, May 27, 2005

Contributed by mk/reverse on from the media-whore dept.

Wim writes:

Fresh off, a TV spot done by a Canadian national TV station about the Calgary hackathon this year, with 60 developers.

North America mirror: Intro, spot 1, spot 2

European mirror: Intro, spot 1, spot 2

Our press.html has links to articles and media references that one should check out every so often...


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  1. By Noryungi ( on

    One word: Schweeeeeeeet... :-)

    1. By Alex ( on

      Is the Forbes article out already?

      I only see the "Cult of Linux" at their website ;-)

    2. By msm ( on

      yeah! I need to set up a lab like theo's one :)__

      1. By norbert ( on

        and pay $600/month :D

        1. By Bert ( on

          Yeah, but that's $600 Canadian.

          That's, what, fifty cents US? :p

          1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

            Wow - that's almost 33 cents EUR :-)

            1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

              Don't foolish up yourself - nowadays $600CD = ~$500USD :(

            2. By James R. Herbert ( on

              Or 25 UK pennies. ;)

          2. By J ( on

            yah we wish, but not with the state of the US dollar and the Euro today. You should check out a currency exchange page once in a while, I mean one that doesn't give just the US dollar

        2. By miguel ( on

          and that's just the electricity .. Now add all the machines.
          I know most of them are given, but I'm not as popular as Theo.

          Anyway I'm going to try it: if you have old hardware which is not used, give it to me to set up my own cool lab. Just post a comment here and I will contact you. New hardware is also welcome

          1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

            Will you pay for shipping? ...

            Getting old hardware for dirt cheap/free is easy. But paying for shipping is the expensive part most of the time.

            (Hint: old UNIX-machines are very solid built, thick steel cages. Very heavy...)

        3. By Allan Jude ( on

          My bandwidth bill is over $1400 CAD, but that is spread accross 5 ISPs in 3 cities totalling over 20mbit.

    3. By J ( on

      Did anyone else notice the explicit exclusion of the phrase 'hackathon' in the interview?

      I also figured that the old DARPA funding and governmental user might have come up in the interview?

  2. By Matt ( on

    Very very cool!
    The footage comes across very positive and makes OpenBSD sound
    very secure and reliable even to those that do not have a clue why.
    After all, if their university and hospitals are using it... :)

  3. By fenster ( on


    And from next week on we'll have thousands of users on misc@ asking "I dled the bootable CD but when I start it it hangs on a text screen saying

    rootdev=0x1100 rrootdev=0x2f00 rawdev=0x2f02
    erase ^?, werase ^W, kill ^U, intr ^C, status ^T
    (I)nstall, (U)pgrade or (S)hell?

    What do I have to do to get the mouse working?


    1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      ductape the mouse of course!

  4. By Michael van der Westhuizen ( on

    I am so impressed with the amount of positive coverage OpenBSD has been getting recently.

  5. By tony ( on

    Anyone have any torrents available? if not, once i finish downloading these I'll put up something.

    1. By tony ( on

  6. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    What is everyone using to view the avi clips? I have tried a WindowsXP laptop with Windows Media Player 10 and see an error message "error downloading CODEC" when I try to open one of the clips. I can hear the audio just fine.

    I'd use my OBSD with Firefox, but I don't have any plugins loaded.

    Sounds like a great piece.

    1. By David ( on

      you shouldn't deserve an answer...

      What about "mplayer obsd*.avi"? Sounds good, eh?

      1. By thomasw.xhrl ( on

        works fine with vlc or mplayer for me. great to see openbsd getting portrayed in such a positive manner. however, the interview with theo on the tux site did not seem to have been well researched, even asking questions which could be found in the most cursory glance through the faq. i'd even have found it more interesting if the interviewer had asked theo more in depth questions about his next hiking trip or about his favourite type of ale...:) good cheer, thomasw.

        1. By ssc ( on

          > about his favourite type of ale
          this should _really_ be added to the faq
          maybe section "10 - System Management" - "How do I make system management even more enjoyable?"

    2. By Stephen Paskaluk ( on

      What is everyone using to view the avi clips? I have tried a WindowsXP laptop with Windows Media Player 10 and see an error message "error downloading CODEC" when I try to open one of the clips. I can hear the audio just fine

      Besides echoing another comment suggesting mplayer, I can tell you it worked fine for me with Windows XP and Media Player 10.

    3. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      I haven't seen it yet so I don't know what Codec it uses, but maybe try installing the XVid Codec on your XP box: Hope this helps.

      1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

        Mplayer works fine on OpenBSD-i386 (with win32codecs installed, but it seems it doesn't need them in this case)

        Playing obsd-intro.avi.
        Cache fill: 8.89% (745902 bytes) AVI file format detected.
        VIDEO: [DIVX] 320x240 24bpp 29.970 fps 372.7 kbps (45.5 kbyte/s)
        Clip info:
        Software: MEncoder 1.0pre5-3.3.2
        Opening audio decoder: [mp3lib] MPEG layer-2, layer-3
        MP3lib: init layer2&3 finished, tables done
        AUDIO: 48000 Hz, 2 ch, 16 bit (0x10), ratio: 16000->192000 (128.0 kbit)
        Selected audio codec: [mp3] afm:mp3lib (mp3lib MPEG layer-2, layer-3)
        vo: X11 running at 1280x960 with depth 24 and 32 bpp (":0.0" => local display)
        Opening video decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg's libavcodec codec family
        Selected video codec: [ffodivx] vfm:ffmpeg (FFmpeg MPEG-4)
        Checking audio filter chain for 48000Hz/2ch/16bit -> 48000Hz/2ch/16bit...
        AF_pre: af format: 2 bps, 2 ch, 48000 hz, little endian signed int
        AF_pre: 48000Hz 2ch Signed 16-bit (Little-Endian)
        AO: [sun] 48000Hz 2ch Signed 16-bit (Little-Endian) (2 bps)
        Building audio filter chain for 48000Hz/2ch/16bit -> 48000Hz/2ch/16bit...
        Starting playback...
        VDec: vo config request - 320 x 240 (preferred csp: Planar YV12)
        VDec: using Planar YV12 as output csp (no 0)
        Movie-Aspect is 1.33:1 - prescaling to correct movie aspect.
        VO: [xv] 320x240 => 320x240 Planar YV12

    4. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      It also worked fine for me with Windows XP and the DivX Player (v 2.1)

    5. By miguel ( on

      It also worked fine for me with Windows XP and the DivX Player (v 2.1)

      1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

        I installed RealPlayer on XP Pro, it wouldn't play the video until RealPlayer downloaded and installed DivX stuff.

  7. By Anthony Roberts ( on

    Is OpenBSD making a better name/reputation for itself? It seems things have really picked up in the last few years, 2004 and on or so.

    It's hard for me to tell because I was first introduced in 2002. Naturally I know it better, and my friends (the ones that care about computers) know it better because they hear me talking about it. I refer to people that I meet for the first time, and people on various boards like slashdot.

  8. By Joshua ( on

    great clip, though no real mention of licensing, etc. I showed it to a colleague, and he said "private investor" sounded as if its profit motivated project.

  9. By Chris ( on

    Amazing, and somewhat surreal.

  10. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    "We have a track record now, of only having one security hole in the last 8 years" - Theo De Raadt [ ]


    "Only one remote hole in the default install, in more than 8 years!" ( ) i missing something?

    ( )


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