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OpenBSD 4.6 Released
By Thom Holwerda, submitted by ebasconp on 2009-10-19 12:06:04
As mentioned in the release announcement: "Many people have received their 4.6 CDs in the mail by now, and we really don't want them to be without the full package repository. We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 4.6. This is our 26th release on CD-ROM (and 27th via FTP). We remain proud of OpenBSD's record of more than ten years with only two remote holes in the default install." I really want news like this on the front page, but sadly, the long list of improvements makes no sense to me - I don't know what's important and what isn't. If someone can provide a nice readable summary of the most important improvements, I'll include it to the item and place it on the front page. There we are.

Thanks to OSNews reader joku, we now have a summary of the most important changes:

  • Simplified installation process.
  • Improved documentation and man pages.
  • New versions of packages in ports (package management system). Over 5800 packages in total.
  • Hardware driver updates: sensors, chipsets, video devices etc. New drivers, functionality and reliability updates.
  • Network stack updates: stricter default settings. Wired interfaces are now preferred over wireless ones.
  • Firewall changes: enabled by default, stricter checking of package formats.
  • Routing daemon updates: mainly BGP daemon updates, fixes few bugs.
  • New more secure smtpd (mail server).
  • New OpenSSH released (5.3).

Go and download the new release from the download page, or order a CD set.

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