Story 2014-05-01 3JN OpenBSD 5.5 Released

OpenBSD 5.5 Released

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From the OpenBSD Journal and the release page :
As you can now easily tell from the OpenBSD main web site, OpenBSD 5.5 has been released.
Looking at the release announcement and other sources such as the release page , it's easy to see that there are numerous goodies in store for you:
  • A whole new traffic shaping system to replace ALTQ
  • Cryptographically signed base sets and packages
  • Automatic installation features
  • Improved hardware support, and more
Also, from OpenBSD 5.5 onwards, OpenBSD is year 2038 ready and will run well beyond Tue Jan 19 03:14:07 2038 UTC. The entire source tree (kernel, libraries, and userland programs) has been carefully and comprehensively audited to support 64-bit time_t.
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OpenBSD + Truecrypt + Rip Anywhere Mp3 player (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-01 17:23 (#1A8)

Give me an MP3 player which has the following features:

1. OpenBSD
2. TrueCrypt - choice of encrypting all of device with 1st run and in settings
3. Rip from any device - an extension to the device (like the front part of ST:TNG ship's dish which separates for example) which allows CDs to be inserted and ripped on the fly without a computer connection, and the ability to plug into any electronic device which has the ability to contain audio files, scan for, and rip any audio files - all with the option to convert them to a format of your choosing
4. Complete support of as many audio/image/video codecs as possible.
5. Nothing about the device should be proprietary, neither hardware or software.

Before you say, "Why would you want to use a device with the MP3 format?" As #4 points out, and you should really know unless you're trolling, if you look at all of the MP3 players currently for sale, most support many audio, image (JPG and more) and sometimes several video formats.

Re: OpenBSD + Truecrypt + Rip Anywhere Mp3 player (Score: 1)

by on 2014-05-02 12:29 (#1AP)

just so you know, truecrypt won't run on openbsd

Re: OpenBSD + Truecrypt + Rip Anywhere Mp3 player (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-02 16:32 (#1B5)

OK - interesting, but what's the point of an encrypted MP3 player: so no one knows you like and listen to Miley Cyrus or something? Or are you interested in the video formats: ok, so no one knows you are carrying a pocket device full of pr0n or something? Hardly seems useful to me.

On the other hand, some buddies and I rooted through a colleague's ipod one day when he walked away from his desk, and we've ridiculed him mercilessly ever since about his taste in music. Maybe if it had been encrypted we'd still respect him ...

64-bit time (Score: 4, Informative)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-01 18:16 (#1AD)

It should be noted that x86-64 always has 64 bit time on any OS. In this case it means 32-bit OS and userspace now has 64-bit time, something even Linux cannot do

LIVE CD? (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-01 19:43 (#1AG)


64 bit time (Score: 1)

by on 2014-05-02 16:30 (#1B4)

I haven't been following this issue other than keeping in the back of my mind that it *is* an issue. But it sure seems these guys are taking an aggressive stance in pushing fixes well in advance of their need, so there's sufficient time (no joke intended) to test, patch, and ensure. That's responsible engineering and I'm pretty impressed by it.

I'm also impressed this article didn't immediately become a bitchfest about Theo, the way most openBSD posts on Slashdot used to. Focus on the technology, not the personalities. OpenBSD is damned impressive, even if it doesn't like my hardware :( And to all you guys using it as a desktop out there: you have my respect.

Re: 64 bit time (Score: 1)

by on 2014-05-02 17:10 (#1B6)

The guys behind OpenBSD certainly deserve a lot of credit and if someone doesn't like their OS, they'll still use OpenSSH for sure. In the future we may even use LibreSSL as well ;) On the desktop it has become a nice alternative to Archlinux since they completely abandoned their BSD userland and where you have the systemd mess attached to everything now.

May I ask what your unsupported hardware is?

Re: 64 bit time (Score: 1)

by on 2014-05-02 18:06 (#1B8)

It's a bitchy HP Laptop. (I said 'bitchy,' not 'bitching.') I knew it before I even started the project of installing. BSDs and even some Linuxes, actually, are notoriously finicky on laptop hardware; openBSD has less hardware compatibility than other BSDs, etc. But openBSD wanted nothing to do with this laptop, which I suspected before even trying. That's OK because I probably wouldn't want to run it on a laptop anyway; I'd want it on a router or a tower/desktop etc. So no hard feelings.