It is an interesting progress I have had over the last decade, ever since I started using linux
. I progressed from a typical "linux zealot", being influenced by RMS
and his loud speeches, and was confused about the meaning of freedom. This is a dangerous situation to be in, since it clouds clear and critical thinking.
It was a roller coaster ride, but soon I discovered FreeBSD
. Ah! this was one operating system that was clean, lean and mean. And did everything that Linux does, but better. I was hooked. My thoughts about freedom were cleared when I understood the FreeBSD license
. From here, given my inclination towards security, the next stop (and possibly the last) was OpenBSD
OpenBSD taught me what clean, lean, mean, and secure code is
. Installed in just about 10 minutes from scratch, this is truly a wonder, and re-enforces the idea about simple and clean design. It also teaches you a valuable lesson -- use the correct tool for the job
. It does not try to be everything for everyone, but does a less number of things in a functional, and correct way. Unlike other Oses, the OpenBSD man pages
are accurate too. The BSD license
is the best way to define what freedom really means.