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OpenBSD 4.3 Released 69

An anonymous reader writes "OpenBSD 4.3 is now available! Released today, May 1, 2008, 4.3 introduces many new improvements and upgrades. The complete changelog is here. Torrents can be found here." As usual, this release is accompanied by a song.
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OpenBSD 4.3 Released

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  • huh? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Why isn't this in the bsd.slashdot.org section?
  • Just so that's out of the way.
  • hmm? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Timothy Brownawell ( 627747 ) <tbrownaw@prjek.net> on Thursday May 01, 2008 @11:06AM (#23264360) Homepage Journal
    /me is curious why this article is displayed as abbreviated while the gNewSense article is displayed as full text.
    • Re: (Score:1, Flamebait)

      by aliquis ( 678370 )
      Yeah, seriously, who cares about yet another distribution of debian? Aren't there like 500 already?
    • /me is curious why this article is displayed as abbreviated while the gNewSense article is displayed as full text.
      Curious like how a perp dies in police custody?

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      For exactly the opposite reason from what you'd probably expect. Flame Wars = Ad views, and Slashdot has been working for years to create an atmosphere where RMS's concept of "free software" is flame war material. gNewSense article = "free software" flame war. OpenBSD is just a solid OS, and therefore triggers no flame war (except when Theo starts one - those always get full articles).

    • Yeah, I'm tired of hearing about every alpha/beta/rc that nubuntu comes out with. The BSD developers do far more work than the people working on the linux distros.
  • Here's the tracker - http://openbsd.somedomain.net/ [somedomain.net]
    Most popular architectures appear to be i386, amd64, and sparc64.
  • Everyone should click on the picture of their 'new rack' in the lower right of the page.
    Looks like some truly ancient hardware... are those SS-20s?

    • I'm certain that the image has been up for at least a year, so I don't know when it was 'new'.
  • The song accompanying the distribution is against GNU licensing. The previous song were not against free software, there were funny, and against BLOB, lack of support from hardware vendors, etc. I don't see the interest in hitting other free (as in speech) project. OK, there was the problem of relicensing of a driver for the Linux kernel, but they should begin to work together instead of beginning a war.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      but they should begin to work together instead of beginning a war.
      Get your facts straight. Hell, get some facts - at least.

      We didn't start shit.

      We're just ending the war with style [openbsd.org], baby. ;)
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      You're not going to get anywhere by complaining about flame wars between the OpenBSD guys, the GNU guys and the Linux guys. They disagree, and all three groups have people with forcible personalities and no reason not to start a flame war. RMS was asking for it this time. Linus was asking for it last time. Theo was asking for it the time before that.

      All of these groups create very solid software - and creating a modern free OS distribution currently requires software from at least two of the groups (gcc an

    • I assume you are referring to this event, which would be the obvious start to any war (and not by the BSD folks):

      http://bsd.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/13/156258 [slashdot.org]
    • There is a very good reason why the release focus is the way it is this time. It all started with this email with RMS trolling on the misc@ list (ended up being around an 800 email thread with RMS proving what a nutter he is):

      http://marc.info/?l=openbsd-misc&m=119730630513821&w=2 [marc.info]

      You should also read the comment on the lyrics page. It's just under the picture in the left column:

      http://openbsd.org/lyrics.html#43 [openbsd.org]

      OK, there was the problem of relicensing of a driver for the Linux kernel

      Which peop
      • "Seriously, read the thread. It tells of a *very* unstable person."

        Um, I don't see how you can call a person unstable, when he has espoused an unchanged set of beliefs for three decades. That makes him about as unstable as the Rock of Gibraltar. Some other adjective might perhaps serve better in expressing your frustration with him.

        Not that it would help, as neither RMS not Theo de Raadt is likely to be moved. By anything. So these altercations are pure entertainment events that will be viewed by coming gen
        • First off, you seem to not know what that thread was about. I suggest that you read it before making any other comments that suggest that you haven't a clue as to what was discussed.

          Secondly, his beliefs have changed significantly over time. It's just that the changes are viewed by his followers as still "in the spirit" of his previous views. If you would have been involved in that thread, or even had read it, you would have seen his position change significantly even in that short period of time.

          You see
          • Hm. A list of ad hominems (the plane anecdote) and false attributions ("You cannot sell your code...") is not going to convince me that you are the sensible ones in that exchange. I like free software of all flavors, but getting dragged into byzantine wars of interpretation of the word "free" is not my idea of well-spent time. If your people had simply ignored RMS, you would have had an easier time. The Ubuntu people obviously do, since I don't see flame wars like this over gNewsense. They just made their G
  • Now, Ivan Russian Programmer will make most valuable contributions to project. Hoorah!
  • Many people think that OpenBSD is an operating system development project. In reality, OpenBSD is a trolling project that just happens to produce an OS as a happy side effect.
  • I just checked the changelog. it looks like they caved and fixed the DNS/PRNG issue.
  • Kudos to my favorite OS people for the reliability of their SMP code for sparc64. I can finally make use of all these servers! cpu0 at mainbus0: SUNW,UltraSPARC-III+ (rev 2.2) @ 1056 MHz cpu0: physical 32K instruction (32 b/l), 64K data (32 b/l), 8192K external (512 b/l) cpu1 at mainbus0: SUNW,UltraSPARC-III+ (rev 2.2) @ 1056 MHz cpu1: physical 32K instruction (32 b/l), 64K data (32 b/l), 8192K external (512 b/l) -a

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