I’m a big fan of OpenBSD.  I decided one day a few years ago to have a crack at this operating system that had such a reputation for security, since security is of much interest to me.  I printed out the installation guide from the website, dusted off an old P-90 with 32mb of RAM and 3 or 4 goes later had it up and running.

OpenBSD quickly replaced the IPCop system I had running at the time.  I made plenty of bungles in the early days and rebuilt it many times.  Eventually I upgraded to a Celeron 300mhz machine with 64mb RAM and it became even better.  Its still running on that same hardware over 2 years later and has only gone down when my house lost power, or more recently just last weekend when I recabled the power for that shelf.

The only thing that disappoints me about OpenBSD is that I currently don’t get to use it professionally.  I would love to deploy and manage it for customers but I just don’t see the opportunities out there at the moment.  Hopefully that will change soon.
If you don’t know much about OpenBSD there is a good article here that is worth reading.  Then head on over to OpenBSD.org and get started.

About the Author

Paul Cunningham

Paul is a former Microsoft MVP for Office Apps and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul no longer writes for Practical365.com.