OpenBSD Journal

OpenBSD's 10th Birthday

Contributed by jolan on from the feliz-cumpleańos dept.

Thanks to many for writing in to let us know what we knew already ;) Today marks 10 years of OpenBSD. After a bit of confusion, it's been agreed upon that today is the official birthday of OpenBSD according to the CVS repository.

And now for some words from grunk@:

This day, ten years ago, Theo imported the NetBSD sources to found his own project OpenBSD, after an ongoing dispute with the NetBSD core team did not work out for about 7 months.

During those months, Theo held back about 10000 lines of diffs he was not able to commit because his access to NetBSD CVS was revoked. They made up the first start of OpenBSD.

So, it is 10 years of OpenBSD today. Happy birthday!!!

For more information on the dispute, see The Wikipedia entry on OpenBSD and Theo's collection of the mail dispute.

Have a cake today, and be sure to celebrate this lovely day! :)

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  1. By Maco Peereboom ( on


    And if you want another 10 years worth of an incredible OS experience send some of your hard earned cash to the OpenBSD pay-pall.


    1. By Phuture ( on

      A very Happy Birthday To the Open BSD team, keep up the great work and security. Phuture

  2. By Noryungi ( n o r y u n g i @ y a h o o . c o m on

    Happy Birthday, OpenBSD! Joyeux Anniversaire, OpenBSD!

  3. By toxa ( on

    с днем рождения =)

    btw, it's time to update "Only one remote hole in the default install, in more than 8 years!" motto, isn't it? ;)

    1. By toxa ( on

      i meant "с днем рождения =)"

    2. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      As 10 is greater than 8.

      1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

        010 == 8 you silly!

    3. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      As long as Theo continues to redefine what consititutes a hole, the OpenBSD folks can make whatever statement they want.

  4. By tmclaugh ( on

    Would a more talented humorist than me update the Uncyclopedia article?
    OpenBSD article

    1. By mactep ( on

      Just listen to some humppa and you will become a fun guy, too.

      1. By Jyry ( on

        Hyvää syntymäpäivää!

        1. By robert ( on

          Boldog születésnapot!

    2. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      tabs are holier than spaces

      [BTW: why isn't this in theo.c?]

  5. By zibi ( on

    STO LAT !!! Wishes of a hundred Years for OpenBSD from Poland. "Keep going that way" to all the Team and Theo. Many thanks for the superb product.

  6. By Maita Siankin ( on

    Congrats from Latvia & Siankin brothers! Keep up the good work :)

  7. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    God, I graduated from high school 20 years ago. I wonder what OS I was running that was so top secret then ;) Just think I might have baby sat for some of you. Well back to the drawing board to work on my .plan ( eat pizza and drink beer ) . Hey doesn't that sound like your plan too. Now if I was near to Canada I would bring the cake but Happy Birthday anyway !

    1. By thomasw.xhrl ( on

      happy birthday OpenBSD from fort langley bc!!!

      1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

        Happy birthday from Nanaimo, B.C.

  8. By corentin ( on

    10 more years!

  9. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    parabéns em .pt de portugal :P

    os suspeitos do costume

    1. By w00t ( on


      .pt owns

  10. By Marcos ( on

    Happy Birthday!!! from Argentina

  11. By Richard "Ringo" Langly ( on

    Happy Birthday Openbsd! Feliz Cumpleańos OpenBSD! from La Coruńa Galicia Northwest of Spain :) . Is a happy birthday humppa song available ? ;)

    1. By Paladdin ( on

      Greetings from Santander! 10:34CEST now, time for a coffee -and cake- break and a little celebration with a good friend and OBSD user :-)

  12. By Raf ( on

    Personne en français ? Alors : bon anniversaire OpenBSD !

  13. By Bas ( on

    Gefeliciteerd ! (Dutch :)

  14. By Mailer ( on

    Happy Birthday, OpenBSD!!
    Victor. From Russia.

  15. By fb ( on

    Happy bithday OpenBSD!!
    Alexey. From Russia.

  16. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Happy Birthday OpenBSD!!! from Romania.

  17. By jona/BSD ( on none

    Muchas felicidades!
    From Spain

  18. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Lá breithe mhaith agat!

    Happy birthday from Ireland.

  19. By Jim ( on

    Happy Birthday from just accross the border (Michigan)!


  20. By _c_ ( on

    Happy Birthday! *OpenBSD* from Bulgaria :)
    10x for this OS!!!

  21. By ac ( on

    Vinšuju! Congratulations from Belarusian user!

    1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      me too

  22. By daniel ( on

    Grattis pĺ födelsedagen!
    Palju őnne sunnipäevaks! (i think)

    (happy birthday from a swede living in estonia)

    1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      It's sünnipäevaks;

      Palju õnne, grattis, Happy Birthday from an Estonian living in Sweden.

  23. By Fábio Olivé Leite ( on

    Feliz aniversário! Parabéns!
    That's in pt_BR and in sunny Porto Alegre it is 10h41am (BRST).

  24. By kej ( on

    Happy birthday from Denmark

  25. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Happy Birthday!

    The anonymous coward from Flanders, Belgium wishes the OpenBSD developpers all the best, and many many more years to code!

  26. By nipuL ( on

    Congrats from the land down under, where women glow and men chunder!!

    OpenBSD OpenBSD OpenBSD!!! Oi Oi Oi!!!
    (^^ regional humour)

    1. By Brian P. ( on

      Happy Birthday from Atlanta!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. By Shane ( on

      Congrats from the land down under, where women glow and men chunder!!

      When I was younger, I thought those lyrics were, "where women blow and then chunder".

      Carn' OpenBSD! Go hard you little beauty!

  27. By jona/ again... ( none on none

    Moltes Felicitats!
    From Catalunya

    1. By Al ( on

      happy birthday from Valencia (Spain)

  28. By yazpik ( on

    El mejor OS, <b>OpenBSD<b><br>
    Felicidades !!
    From: Xalapa,Veracruz,México

  29. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Happy anniversary and best whishes from Norway!

  30. By Araz ( on

    happy birthday
    il donumun qutlu olsun -> azeri (turkish)
    tavallodet mobarak -> persian (farsi)

  31. By Emil Henry ( on

    Communist Norway salutes you, OpenBSD! Vi elsker deg :-)

  32. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Happy Birthday, from the Moon!

  33. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch! from Germany.
    Keep up the good work!

  34. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Feliz Cumple!!! (Happy Birthday)
    Buenos Aires - Argentina

  35. By Chris ( on

    Happy Birthday to my favorite software project!

    Chris from Winnipeg, Canada

  36. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Urte on askotarako!

    (Lit: I wish you a lot of good years!) Greetings from Basque Country (Euskal Herria) . My best wishes for a great team and a great OS.

  37. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Otanzyoubi Omedetou!! (Happy Birthday!!) in Japan.

  38. By nabulio ( on

    Happy Birthday! nabulio, Slovakia

  39. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Χρόνια πολλά!!! Happy birthday from Greece!!!

  40. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Happy Birthday OpenBSD! :)
    Stmok from Australia

  41. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Happy birthday securest OS!!!
    Z dnem narodzhennya OpenBSD! (happy birthday in Ukrainian)
    Cherkasy, Ukraine

    1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      Happy B'Day OpenBSD,Selamat Ulang Tahun ! from Indonesia & Singapore

  42. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Theo - remember Rainbow Software in Calgary? I worked with you then. Happy Birthday.

  43. By daviddenny ( on

    And another ten to follow!
    Thanks all you developers and contributors for the best OS in the world


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