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 v5.5. There are likely features and changes to features in the development version (-current) of OpenBSD that are not covered in the FAQ.

Quick Links:

Commonly Encountered Issues     Recent updates
Upgrade Guide: 5.4 to 5.5 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

OpenBSD is ready for the future!

1 - Introduction to OpenBSD

It was the Enchantment Under the C code

2 - Getting to know OpenBSD

The way I see it, if you are going to build a quality operating system, why not do it with some style?

3 - Getting started with OpenBSD

I'm sure in 2014 source code is available at every anoncvs server, but in 1901, it's a little hard to come by!

4 - OpenBSD 5.5 Installation Guide

1.21 gigabytes! 1.21 gigabytes! Great Scott!
(Actually, can be done with a lot less than that)

5 - Building the System from Source

Why don't you make like a source tree and compile?

6 - Networking

If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88MBps, you're going to see some serious shit!

7 - Keyboard and Display Controls

Since you're new here, I'm gonna cut you a break, today.

8 - General Questions

Yeah, I'll keep that in mind

9 - Migrating to OpenBSD

Oh my God. They found me, I dont know how but they found me. Run for it Puffy!
Who? Who!?
Who do you think? The penguins!

10 - System Management

So you are my data. Better get used to that chroot, kid.

11 - The X Window System

Things have certainly changed around here. I remember when this was all text as far as the eye can see! MIT had this crazy idea of a GUI

12 - Hardware and Platform-Specific Questions

Still waiting for a port to DeLorean

13 - Multimedia

You can hook up to the amplifier. Works great

14 - Disk Setup

In 1901, no one knew what a gigabyte was!

15 - The OpenBSD packages and ports system

What about all that talk about screwing up security?
Well, I figured, what the hell.

PF User's Guide

Wait a minute, are you trying to tell me you built a firewall out of a computer for free?

Commonly Encountered Issues

Damn! Damn!

Recent Updates

Sorry, no Mr. Fusion yet

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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I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it.