Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is supplemental documentation to the man pages, available both in the installed system and online. The FAQ covers the active release of OpenBSD, currently v5.7. There are likely features and changes to features in the development version (-current) of OpenBSD that are not covered in the FAQ.

Quick Links:

Upgrade Guide: 5.6 to 5.7 Following -current
Porter's Handbook Port Testing Guide
Manual pages Bug Reporting
Mailing lists PF User's Guide

The FAQ is available in text form as well:  OpenBSD FAQ  PF User's Guide

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1 - Introduction to OpenBSD

How much for the little OS?
Your OS! I want to buy your OS! All platforms! Sell them to me! Sell me your OS!
It's free!

2 - Getting to know OpenBSD

You on the motorcycle... You two administrators... Tell your friends!

3 - Getting started with OpenBSD

This is OpenBSD. Strong stuff.

4 - OpenBSD 5.7 Installation Guide

I'm tired of being exploited all my life.

5 - Building the System from Source

Our Lady of Blessed Compilation, don't fail me now!

6 - Networking

We've got a lot of data to move, a gigabit link, a full duplex circuit, it's dark, and we are wearing sunglasses. Hit it

7 - Keyboard and Display Controls

Excuse me, uh, I don't think there's anything wrong with the action on this keyboard.

8 - General Questions

May I help you boys?

9 - Migrating to OpenBSD

Illinois GPLers.
I hate Illinois GPLers

10 - System Management

Use of unnecessary effort in the administration of OpenBSD is NOT approved

11 - The X Window System


12 - Hardware and Platform-Specific Questions

You traded the laptop for an Ultrasparc 60? Ok, I can see that.

13 - Multimedia

What kind of music do you usually have here?
Oh, we got both kinds. We got country *and* western.

14 - Disk Setup

You lied to me.
It wasn't a lie, it was just bullshit

15 - The OpenBSD packages and ports system

This OS has got everything!

PF User's Guide

We got a packet filter powerful enough to turn goat piss into water.

The FAQ maintainers, following principles of honesty and idealism and where you can stuff them both, are Nick Holland and Stuart Henderson.
Past contributors include Steven Mestdagh, Joel Knight, Eric Jackson, Wim Vandeputte and Chris Cappuccio.

Questions and comments regarding this FAQ may be directed to faq@openbsd.org. General questions about OpenBSD should be directed to the appropriate mail list.

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