Contributed by merdely on from the make-depends dept.
My parents use the Internet for email and very light browsing, including Internet banking. Until recently, they had a Windows 98 box and a dial-up Internet connection. After much cajoling from me, they got a broadband connection and the associated host of problems that a broadband and Windows combo brings.
Thanks to an annoying and not very competent script-kiddie, their PC was hijacked and made unusable. Being retired and not very confident with computers, they simply shut the thing down and called for help.
Rob goes on to describe how he set his parents up with a security computing environment using OpenBSD...
I have used OpenBSD for my home network and laptop development PC (4.0, Gnome desktop, etc) for years. So I seized the opportunity to install OpenBSD on their PC too.
I installed OpenBSD 4.1, Gnome, Firefox, Thunderbird and OpenOffice for them this past weekend with very few issues to resolve (Wireless networking and even CUPS worked a treat). Then came, what I expected to be, the tricky task of training.
Training went with ease, as their three applications are on the desktop. It was easy for them to start browsing and emailing like professionals.
I'd like to thank the OpenBSD team and community for the ease with which the beautiful OS can be installed and configured, and the "out of the box" security it affords. The simplicity of the package system (and the ports system too) can not be beaten.
At 65 and 63, I wonder if my parents are the oldest OpenBSD users around.
So who knows of older OpenBSD users?
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