Stefan Rinkes, a big fan of OpenBSD, had decided to make an effort and create something that is now common in the Linux world, but which had not been done in OpenBSD - an OpenBSD-based live DVD with automatic hardware detection which would boot into a popular graphical desktop and which would also have a point-and-click graphical system installer. The result was a "distribution" called GNOBSD.

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Created by caffienejunki 9 years 14 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 14 weeks ago
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9 years 14 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago


Wow. just wow.

This is just so stupid that I'm at a loss for what to say.

Why in the world would you want to oppose the development of a better UI?

Utterly insane.

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9 years 14 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago


OddBSD or OpenBSD?

I haven't read the email discussions in question, but I suppose that the OpenBSD folks might perhaps have some understandable reasons for their sometimes somewhat elitist attitudes. The OpenBSD community is still relatively small. They and the OpenBSD OS have a clear focus and that focus is what has made OpenBSD what it is today. For example, being newbie friendly is not among those goals that they concentrate on. Now, if someone like the person behind GnoBSD deviates from the typical goals, trying to bring OpenBSD to wider masses, it can cause some turmoil inside the community who could, for example, lack the resources to support newbies who could find the system hard to use and could ask stupid questions on their mailing lists.

Still, I think that the OpenBSD community could have behaved more understandingly, and could I say, more open-mindedly in this case as I'm sure that they are capable of it. Shouldn't OpenBSD and its free software philosphy emphasizing openness mean that the project is indeed also open to and positive about such derivative projects like GnoBSD? If not, maybe the project should change its name then?

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