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OpenBSD 4.4 is available for Preorder!

Contributed by weerd on from the use-the-source-luke dept.

OpenBSD 4.4 cover

Pre-orders are now being accepted (also in Switzerland) for OpenBSD 4.4, which is scheduled for release on November 1st, 2008.

Again, the developers bring us an amazing amount of cool new stuff (WPA, DSR, OpenSSH 5.1, a new malloc and lots more). There's also lots of third party software available pre-packaged for easy installation.

This year's theme touches on the special version number, 4.4, reminiscent of the historic release of 4.4BSD-Lite in June 1994. The release song (ogg, mp3) pays homage to the heroes of the CSRG at UCB (Keith Bostic, Mike Karels and Kirk McKusick).

Of course, a t-shirt and a poster are available too. Order your set NOW!

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  1. By Anonymous Coward (72.65.236.246) on

    Don't forget to mention that OpenBSD 4.4 will have Java binary packages available!
     http://openports.se/devel/jdk/1.7
    

    1. By Anonymous Coward (70.173.52.51) on

      > Don't forget to mention that OpenBSD 4.4 will have Java binary packages available!
      >
      > http://openports.se/devel/jdk/1.7
      >
      >

      no browser plugin yet though

      1. By Dean (209.180.254.105) on

        > > Don't forget to mention that OpenBSD 4.4 will have Java binary packages available!
        > >
        > > http://openports.se/devel/jdk/1.7
        > >
        > >
        >
        > no browser plugin yet though

        So what is the preferred way of browsing? I'm using -current from a few weeks ago and it is great! WPA on my T61, Firefox 3, the jdk 1.7 package (yea, no build forever!) and gnash. But I get thousands of gnash messages in the xterm I started firefox from when I am on Gmail.

        Tried Opera, and it works great but Google calendar doesn't support it.

        I love the way 4.4 is shaping up and would like to use it for all my browsing as well as in the server room.

        1. By Anonymous Coward (64.253.108.203) on

          > But I get thousands of gnash messages in the xterm I started firefox from when I am on Gmail.

          Copy /etc/gnash/gnashrc to ~/.gnashpluginrc and tweak the settings. What you want is 'set verbosity 0'.

          1. By Anonymous Coward (82.95.251.82) on

            Yesterday I installed the JRE package on my -current system, but for example Open-Office did not notice the installation when I tried to enable java support.

            Is the javaPathhelper package needed to use the JRE package?

            Further great to see that OpenBSD is more and more improving to a fully functional operating system, also for the normal user with Java/ Flash and other supports without having to enable the Linux support in BSD.

            1. By Anonymous Coward (205.205.80.8) on

              hmm...
              
              Fully functioning OpenBSD allways was.
              Lack of openness proprietary vendors have.
              Proprietary becoming the norm is the path to the dark side.
              Many have been blinded, but some work to bring balance to the source.
              Eternal gratituide for this they shall have.
              
              

  2. By Lawrence Teo (lteo) lteo.openbsd1 ! calyptix.com on http://blog.calyptix.com/

    Ordered!!

    Remember that the only way to get it early is to order it early :)

    Big thanks to the OpenBSD team. :)

  3. By James (jturner) james@bsdgroup.org on http://bsdgroup.org

    Congrats to all the hard working OpenBSD developers for what will be another great OpenBSD release. Can't wait to get my CD set. Also, love the new 4.4 artwork and song!

  4. By Anonymous Coward (66.42.177.247) on

    Ordered as well. Tshirt as well.
    Java binary, great! Perhaps now I will use some java stuff, otherwise I wouldn't get around to it. Opens up some functionality I have been putting off.
    Would be great if also a DVD of all pkgs and perhaps ports some year. Maybe another order option to raise money, saves time. I would spend some dollars for, worth it, interesting to see how many else would as well.
    OpenBSD 4.4. Perhaps a legendary version, OpenBSD has come a long way in ~ last 3 years. Quite amazing to keep progressing!
    Thanks to Theo and team for another release.

    1. By Steve Shockley (68.83.96.160) on

      > Ordered as well. Tshirt as well.

      Wah, no 3X or 4X shirts for big guys like me. Of course, people snicker when I wear my "Stop Blob" shirt though...

    2. By Rich (195.212.199.56) on

      I would definitely buy a DVD set that included all the packages for a release.

      It would be very convenient to have and as is often pointed out, the package version must match the OS version and as such, if you only have "OS" discs then you only have half a system.

      One of my machines runs an oldish version of OBSD - 3.6 (I think). Packages for this version are not so easily available now (I'm guessing they probably are still available via CVS or something) so if I want to install a new package on this box I usually end up grabbing the source from somewhere and installing from that, which sort-of defeats the object somewhat.

      1. By Paul 'WEiRD' de Weerd (weerd) on http://www.weirdnet.nl/openbsd/

        > I would definitely buy a DVD set that included all the packages for a release.
        >
        > It would be very convenient to have and as is often pointed out, the package version must match the OS version and as such, if you only have "OS" discs then you only have half a system.
        >
        > One of my machines runs an oldish version of OBSD - 3.6 (I think). Packages for this version are not so easily available now (I'm guessing they probably are still available via CVS or something) so if I want to install a new package on this box I usually end up grabbing the source from somewhere and installing from that, which sort-of defeats the object somewhat.
        >

        It wouldn't fit on a DVD. A single (4.5GB) DVD is too small since 3.1 (6.6GB). Dual layer discs (9GB) is too small since 3.4 (10.9 GB). Your 3.6 "DVD" would be 17.6GB in size. That may fit on stuff like BluRay or HD-DVD or something similar, but for 4.4 even those will be too small. See this image for reference.

        What you should do, is upgrade your 4 year old install with a more modern OS. Not only the OS has improved over those 4 years, but also the software found in ports / packages. You really are very long overdue.

      2. By Anonymous Coward (88.96.151.57) on

        > One of my machines runs an oldish version of OBSD - 3.6 (I think). Packages for this version are not so easily available now (I'm guessing they probably are still available via CVS or something)

        Not in cvs. The mirror ftp.eu.openbsd.org has packages for 3.6 though most of them will be out-of-date by now.

  5. By Anonymous Coward (96.21.15.58) on

    Love the artwork too, can't wait to get my new stickers with my CD.

    OpenBSD - Nothing compares!

  6. By J.C. Roberts (75.208.130.215) on

    Thanks Paul for heads-up here on undeadly.

    For those who don' know, pre-ordering is really the best way to go. The sooner you pre-order, the sooner your disks will ship.

  7. By Anonymous Coward (81.83.46.237) on

    The OpenBSD 4.4 CD, tshirt, and poster are not yet pre-orderable from the European site, but are pre-orderable from the International site if you wish to pre-order now.

    Ooooh? :-(

    1. By ScOut3R (213.16.104.1) on

      > The OpenBSD 4.4 CD, tshirt, and poster are not yet pre-orderable from the European site, but are pre-orderable from the International site if you wish to pre-order now.
      >
      > Ooooh? :-(

      I live in Europe but ordered it from the international site anyway.
      This is my very first order and choose 2 t-shirts too, so i just couldn't wait. :)

      1. By Anonymous Coward (81.83.46.237) on

        > > The OpenBSD 4.4 CD, tshirt, and poster are not yet pre-orderable from the European site, but are pre-orderable from the International site if you wish to pre-order now.
        > >
        > > Ooooh? :-(
        >
        > I live in Europe but ordered it from the international site anyway.
        > This is my very first order and choose 2 t-shirts too, so i just couldn't wait. :)

        Yes, I ordered it from the International site too, also a CD set and 2 t-shirts (my wire frame puffy shirt is wore out and needs renewal :-). Anyway, any reason why Wim doesn't do pre-ordering this time (I'm pre-ordering from the European site since 3.9)?

        Oh and the release theme, shirt and song really are GREAT. I love it! (by the way, the software is too but I'm following -current so I already knew that for a while ;-)

      2. By Wim (88.82.33.37) wim@kd85.com on https://kd85.com/notforsale.html

        > > The OpenBSD 4.4 CD, tshirt, and poster are not yet pre-orderable from the European site, but are pre-orderable from the International site if you wish to pre-order now.
        > >
        > > Ooooh? :-(
        >
        > I live in Europe but ordered it from the international site anyway.
        > This is my very first order and choose 2 t-shirts too, so i just couldn't wait. :)

        European pre-orders will be up mid September *as normal*. This obsession with early pre-orders is just plain weird, the CDs are only shipping out early October.

        We will still ship out on time and using the same low shipping costs like last releases.

        I don't have the time and resources to process the pre-orders now anyways...

        1. By Daniel Gracia (Paladdin) on http://www.alpuntodesal.com

          > > > The OpenBSD 4.4 CD, tshirt, and poster are not yet pre-orderable from the European site, but are pre-orderable from the International site if you wish to pre-order now.
          > > >
          > > > Ooooh? :-(
          > >
          > > I live in Europe but ordered it from the international site anyway.
          > > This is my very first order and choose 2 t-shirts too, so i just couldn't wait. :)
          >
          > European pre-orders will be up mid September *as normal*. This obsession with early pre-orders is just plain weird, the CDs are only shipping out early October.
          >
          > We will still ship out on time and using the same low shipping costs like last releases.
          >
          > I don't have the time and resources to process the pre-orders now anyways...
          >

          Nice to hear from you!

          I'll wait until mid-september as expected and then make the pre-order...

          Thanks!

    2. By Anonymous Coward (62.148.169.47) on

      Any plans to develop an OpenBSD calendar based on the art work those sourcefire calendars really suck!!!

  8. By Justin Paston-Cooper (213.84.15.179) on

    You should spell "years" as "year's".

  9. By Dmitry (200.27.36.3) trichotecene@yahoo.es on http://es.geocities.com/trichotecene/

    This it is an attempt of translation to the Spanish of "Trial of the BSD Knights".
    Read here http://deoxyt2.livejournal.com/2734.html

    Regards.

    1. By ScOut3R (213.16.104.1) on

      > OpenBSD rulez!
      >
      > See picture for details :D
      > http://openbsd.4ezi.com/pic/openbsd.jpg
      >

      You should've cut out the CentOS logo. :D

      1. By Frank DENIS (82.224.188.215) on http://www.cotery.com

        VMWare tools? On OpenBSD? How did you do that?

        1. By Paul 'WEiRD' de Weerd (weerd) on http://www.weirdnet.nl/openbsd/

          > VMWare tools? On OpenBSD? How did you do that?

          http://www.openbsd.org/cgi-bin/man.cgi?query=vmt

        2. By TomazZ (193.95.206.48) on

          > VMWare tools? On OpenBSD? How did you do that? http://www.linux.com/articles/56683 1. Uncomment: kern.emul.freebsd=1 in file /etc/sysctl.conf 2. In VMWare Server click "Install VMware Tools" 3. Run following commands: # mount /dev/cd0c /mnt # tar -zxvpf /mnt/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz -C /tmp # mkdir -p /emul/freebsd/sbin # install -m 555 -o root -g wheel /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/lib/sbin32/vmware-guestd /emul/freebsd/sbin # cp -r /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/etc /etc/vmware-tools # rm -rf /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib # umount /mnt 4. /etc/rc.local add: -------------------------------- if [ -x /emul/freebsd/sbin/vmware-guestd ]; then echo -n ' vmware-tools' /emul/freebsd/sbin/vmware-guestd --background /var/run/vmware-guestd.pid \ --halt-command "/sbin/shutdown -p -h now" fi -------------------------------- 5. reboot

        3. By Anonymous Coward (222.124.116.228) amfpg@yahoo.com on

          > VMWare tools? On OpenBSD? How did you do that?

          do you have try install vmware 3 from ports?
          i have found the vmware 3 at ports, after installing, i can run this vmware at openbsd?

          anyone have install this vmware 3 at openbsd? because this is exists at ports so i guest this can run at openbsd?

  10. By Marc Espie (213.41.185.88) espie@openbsd.org on

    As usual, there are lots of advances. A lot of subtle stuff that isn't deserving of inclusion in the ANNOUNCEMENT, but be assured that 4.4 rocks compared to the previous releases !

  11. By Anonymous Coward (206.248.190.11) on

    What exactly does "transparent L7 forwarding in relayd" mean? Can we redirect by hostname without it messing up the remote IP like a normal proxy?

  12. By baldusi (201.235.24.242) on

    I'm wondering why is heimdall stuck at 0.7 when the have it ar 1.2 release by now? was some license issue?

    1. By Anonymous Coward (212.242.186.222) on

      > I'm wondering why is heimdall stuck at 0.7 when the have it ar 1.2 release by now? was some license issue?

      I doubt it, the Heimdal license is a BSD like license. I think it's because OpenBSD has at series of their own patches applied to Heimdal 0.7 so maybe they don't need to upgrade.

      1. By Damien Miller (djm) on http://www.mindrot.org/~djm/

        > > I'm wondering why is heimdall stuck at 0.7 when the have it ar 1.2 release by now? was some license issue?
        >
        > I doubt it, the Heimdal license is a BSD like license. I think
        > it's because OpenBSD has at series of their own patches applied
        > to Heimdal 0.7 so maybe they don't need to upgrade.

        No, it is simply because nobody has done the work. I'd love for Heimdal to be updated but don't know enough Kerberos to confidently do it myself.

  13. By Anonymous Coward (96.245.223.207) on

    Here's to Bill Joy, Chuck Haley, Marshall Kirk McKusick, and all the others that were producing a freely-distributable operating system under the terms of (for those days) a very liberal license, almost a decade before "Free Software" was a twinkling in Stallman's eye.

    Screw Al Gore, you guys really *did* invent the Internet.

    Cheers.

    1. By Lawrence Teo (lteo) on http://blog.calyptix.com/

      > Screw Al Gore, you guys really *did* invent the Internet.

      ...and vi! w00t! :)

  14. By Rob (2001:610:64b:6:217:31ff:fe26:9760) on

    Yes ! cal now also shows week numbers

    thanks Pyr

  15. By Peter (65.93.4.147) on

    Thanks guys/the developers :)

    Since I run -current on my desktop and have/will always do, I've just sent a $50 donation :)

    Ordered another Stop Blob tshirt, as well as an old school 2.9 poster :p

    The only thing I miss from buying CD sets, is the stickers... I would really like to be able to order some, or maybe the one kd85 sells, but from the Canadian shop...

  16. By Anonymous Coward (84.198.96.249) on

    Ain't much to say except for this: Thanks!

  17. By David T. Harris (KnightBlader) on http://cs.ucf.edu/~da465415

    This is so cool. The facebook group I created for people that like BSD (BSD Knights) is a substring of the 4.4 song "Trial of the BSD Knights"!

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