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Commonly Encountered Issues          Recent updates

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 v5.4. There are likely features and changes to features in the development version (-current) of OpenBSD that are not covered in the FAQ.

The FAQ is available in text form as well.

Welcome to some of our Favorite Hacks!


1 - Introduction to OpenBSD

The first rule of this OS is security

2 - Getting to know OpenBSD

The OpenBSD developers don't play. They hack!

3 - Getting started with OpenBSD

The least they could have done is to let us say hello.

4 - OpenBSD 5.4 Installation Guide

I told you today I don't need install instructions. Well, maybe I do.

5 - Building the System from Source

And do you or do you not have trouble following these simple instructions?

6 - Networking

Is it to be at every router that you intend on leading us all through this rare and wonderful new world of security?

7 - Keyboard and Display Controls

High-res flat monitors that don't make my eyes funny
Optical mice that don't gather dust bunnies
Keyboards that go clickity-click and use springs,
These are a few of my favorite things!

8 - General Questions

I wonder what grass tastes like

9 - Migrating to OpenBSD

Joining us is quite thinkable!

10 - System Management

There's nothing wrong with the operating system. Only the administrator.

11 - The X Window System

Some people would call that GUI!

12 - Hardware and Platform-Specific Questions

When the administrator removes windows, he sometimes closes a hole!

13 - Multimedia

You brought music back into the computer. I had forgotten.

14 - Disk Setup

The disks are alive with the sound of seeking.

15 - The OpenBSD packages and ports system

We more than pretend to work with these apps

PF User's Guide

These firewalls were meant to keep out problems.

Commonly Encountered Issues

How do you solve a problem like ...

Recent Updates


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 [email protected]. General questions about OpenBSD should be directed to the appropriate mail list.

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