I’m currently self-employed, with a focus on open source development and consulting for companies interacting with open source projects.
Besides OpenBSD, I have been contributing to Apache Subversion since 2007. One of my main jobs is to provide support, workshops, and consulting for Subversion, plus fixing bugs and working on new features. I am somewhat involved in the Apache Software Foundation as a whole, but at this point in time my contributions there are more symbolic in nature, mostly because of lack of time and focus.
I always loved „playing” with different operating systems so it was just a matter of time that I run into OpenBSD…
I first came to it because of its security reputation. „Security” is a very challenging aspect of modern IT and I was glad to find an operating system that made it its priority. I trust these guys much more than I trust myself in that regard
It is my great pleasure to announce the release of version 0.8.7 of the Lumina Desktop Environment! This version includes a massive number of changes from the previous version. Here are some of the highlights.
The PC-BSD developers working on their Lumina Desktop Environment have released Lumina 0.8.7 on Monday.
I really enjoyed the experience when I first tried OpenBSD. Someone suggested it to me because I said I was concerned about security. The installation was painless and what was being advertised in the documentation is what was there. I really have grown to appreciate accurate documentation. It’s a very good indicator of a projects overall health. If their guides are wrong, you can imaging how terrible the rest is. My first install was around 1999 when I was in college. At the time I was studying engineering, but my roommate was a computer science major so I had a ton of exposure to other stuff.
I like the GhostBSD project and its goal. I think, in the past, there has generally not been enough work done to make FreeBSD a good operating system for desktop use. FreeBSD works well in the role of a server operating system, it's stable, fast and the project evolves in such a way that it is fairly easy to upgrade a FreeBSD system over time. However, FreeBSD (while it can be used as a desktop operating system) lacks many of the characteristics one might want on the desktop, such as a graphical installer, multimedia support, a graphical package manager and an attractive, pre-configured desktop environment. While these features can be added or enabled on FreeBSD, most users will want those tools to be in place and to just work right from the start.
A friend introduced me to OpenBSD about 15 years ago. At first I was just fooling around with it, and dual booting as necessary, but once I started using it as a server, I didn’t want the embarrassment of downtime whenever I had to reboot. Then I figured out I could write papers using WordPerfect (via Linux emulation) and stuck with OpenBSD full time.
I studied CS at Epitech Paris until 2006, then worked mostly as an R&D engineer for several industries.
I currently work as a system engineer kind-of-a-devop on a project that involves distributed servers and mailing.
OpenBSD (U)EFI bootloader howto[Ed: a month old]
Amongst the flurry of commits from the l2k15 hackathon, Ken Westerback (krw@) has been hacking away on GPT support, and it's now enabled in the GENERIC kernel.
Arch BSD / PacBSD is a project based on Arch Linux and using its Pacman package manager but replaces the Linux kernel with the FreeBSD kernel. PacBSD is similar in concept to Debian GNU/kFreeBSD that uses Debian's user-land but with the FreeBSD kernel. Arch BSD was renamed to PacBSD earlier this year to avoid any potential trademark issues.
While PacBSD was active as of a few months ago and there's still Git work happening, there's been nothing major to report now in some time. In fact, the PacBSD ISOs haven't been re-spun in more than one year now. Trying to access the PacBSD mailing lists also appear down. There also doesn't appear to be any package updates since July.
In 2005 I tried OpenBSD for the first time. I still recall how I was impressed by the fact that I only needed ifconfig (as opposed to ifconfig, iwconfig and wpa_supplicant on Linux) to configure my wireless network card.
Funny story actually. It was about 20 years ago, and I didn’t have any Internet access at home. I wanted to play with some Unix on my home Amiga, as I didn’t have root access on the suns at University. Getting anything on my Amiga was complicated, as I had to transfer everything through floppies. Turned out OpenBSD was the only OS with sane and clear instructions. NetBSD gave you so many different choices, I couldn’t figure out which one to follow, and Linux was a jungle of patches.
After recent discussions of revisiting W^X support in Mozilla Firefox, David Coppa (dcoppa@) has flipped the switch to enable it for OpenBSD users running -current.