Newbie Q: freeBSD vs openBSD

Wojciech Puchar wojtek at
Sun Nov 27 15:26:34 GMT 2005

> it seems the OpenBSD group doesn't actually like questions. You can get 
> flamed for the best worded question. Under FreeBSD, the community is more 
> open to ideas and people trying things.
> In addition...some parts of the core of OpenBSD cannot easily be upgraded w/o 
> issues. (Like openSSL for example)...and if you try and fail and ask for 
> help....well read above again !

but they have nice 2.6MB photo available at the main webpage about how 
many machines do they have ;)


"Only one remote hole in the default install, in more than 8 years! "



"No security hole in default install from beginning to the end!"

mostly because no network is supported in DOS.

similarly - OpenBSD just don't run any services in default install, like 
NetBSD, so it's strange it has even one security hole.

i'm not sure with NetBSD (which i'm using some time) but AFAIK it's zero 
security holes in default install because only syslogd is started by 
default. With FreeBSD there is no "default install" as there are couple of 
questions about network, NFS, inetd etc..

assuming one will answer no to all, how many security holes will there be.

last thing - lots of things (most) are from ports. and no matter what BSD 
is it, or linux, there are same programs having same bugs.

for all that think about security please don't use popular books, learn by 
yourself, and don't configure and use things like everyone else do!

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