Saturday, November 18, 2000

Why OpenBSD?

OpenBSDIn response to "Why OpenBSD?", Nick Holland wrote a response that I thought deserved repeating:

From: Nick Holland
Sent: Friday, November 17, 2000 11:43 AM
To: misc@
Subject: Re: Why OpenBSD?

Friday, November 17, 2000

What is OpenBSD?

OpenBSDOpenBSD is a free Unix-like operating system that is built with security in mind. The code is carefully audited and patches for bugs are quickly released.

Here are some of my own reasons for using it:

  1. Security: Because of a thorough audit, OpenBSD is known for being one of the most secure operating systems around.

  2. OpenSSH: Provides secure shell access to Unix, *nix and Windows.

  3. pf: OpenBSD's own packet filter. It's easy to use, very flexible and keeps the bad guys out.

  4. Flexible software: By only using the packages and ports that come with OpenBSD, I've been able to install just about everything I needed to get my server up and running.

  5. Ease of setup: Once you understand the disk partition tool, setup is a breeze.

What is SSH?

Secure Shell is a very powerful tool. If you're completely unfamiliar with it, think of it in terms of "telnet". Secure Shell can provide you with a shell interface to your remote host that feels very much like a telnet connection, except... it's encrypted.

Thursday, November 16, 2000

What is Cygwin?

Cygwin"The Cygwin tools are ports of the popular GNU development tools and utilities for Windows 95, 98,and NT. They function using the Cygwin library which provides a UNIX-like API on top of the Win32 API."

That pretty much says it all, doesn't it? Cygwin brings useful tools like SSH, head, tail, bash and many others to the Windows world. Another attractive component to Cygwin is a powerful development environment: GCC, a C/C++ compiler for *nix and, in this case, Cygwin.