Timeline of OpenBSD

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The following is a summary of the release history of the OpenBSD operating system.

  • 1.1: October 18, 1995 –
  • OpenBSD CVS repository created by Theo de Raadt. [1]
  • While the version number used at this stage was 1.1 (cf. the release history of NetBSD, which OpenBSD branched from), OpenBSD 1.1 was not an official OpenBSD release in the sense which this term subsequently came to be used in.
  • 1.2: July 1, 1996 –
  • Creation of the intro(9) man page, for documenting kernel internals.
  • Integration of the update(8) command into the kernel.
  • As before, while this version number was used in the early development of the OS, OpenBSD 1.2 was not an official release in the subsequently applicable sense.
  • 2.0: October 1, 1996 –
  • the first official release of OpenBSD, and also the point at which XFree86 first recognised OpenBSD as separate from NetBSD
  • initial integration of the FreeBSD ports system
  • replacement of gawk with the AT&T awk
  • integration of zlib
  • added sudo
  • 2.1: June 1, 1997 –
  • replacement of the older sh with pdksh
  • 2.2: December 1, 1997 –
  • addition of the afterboot(8) man page
  • 2.3: May 19, 1998 –
  • Introduced the haloed daemon, or aureola beastie, in head-only form created by Erick Green.
  • 2.4: December 1, 1998 –
  • Featured the complete haloed daemon, with trident and a finished body.
  • 2.5: May 19, 1999 –
  • Introduced the Cop daemon image done by Ty Semaka.
  • c99: June 4, 1999 – the original hackathon
  • 2.6: December 1, 1999 –
  • Based on the original SSH suite and developed further by the OpenBSD team, 2.6 saw the first release of OpenSSH, which is now available standard on most Unix-like operating systems and is the most widely used SSH suite.
  • 2.7: June 15, 2000 –
  • support for SSH2 added to OpenSSH
  • c2k: June 15, 2000 –
  • 18 developers, once more in Calgary
  • 2.8: December 1, 2000 –
  • isakmpd(8)
  • 2.9: June 1, 2001 –
  • c2k1: June 21, 2001 –
  • c2k1-II: August 17, 2001 –
  • 3.0: December 1, 2001 – E-Railed (OpenBSD Mix), a techno track performed by the release mascot, Puff Daddy the famed rapper and political icon.
  • c2k2: June 4, 2002 –
  • 42 developers in Calgary,
  • origin of the "Shut Up and Hack!" motto
  • 3.2: November 1, 2002 – Goldflipper a tale in which James Pond, agent 077, super spy and suave lady's man, deals with the dangers of a hostile internet. Styled after the orchestral introductory ballads of James Bond films.
  • 3.3: May 1, 2003 – Puff the Barbarian, born in a tiny bowl, Puff was a slave, now he hacks through the C, searching for the Hammer. An 80s rock-style song and parody of Conan the Barbarian dealing with open documentation.
  • In 2003, code from ALTQ, which had a licence disallowing the sale of derivatives, was relicensed, integrated into pf and made available in OpenBSD 3.3.
  • c2k3: May 10, 2003 –
  • 51 developers in Calgary.
  • 3.4: November 1, 2003 – The Legend of Puffy Hood where Sir Puffy of Ramsay, a freedom fighter who, with Little Bob of Beckley, took from the rich and gave to all. Tells of the POSSE project's cancellation. An unusual blend of both hip-hop and medievally styled music, a parody of the tale of Robin Hood intended to express OpenBSD's attitude to free speech.
  • i386 platform switched executable format from a.out to ELF
  • The GPL licensed gzip was replaced by retooling the existing compress tool to include its functionality.
  • The GPL licensed grep was replaced with FreeGrep, an updated BSD licensed grep. This new grep is now also available in NetBSD.
  • A public domain diff was updated and used to replace the GPL licensed diff previously included.
  • Code from the LGPL licensed p0f was relicensed to allow pf to feature passive operating system detection.
  • pf2k4: April 24, 2004 –
  • 3.5: May 1, 2004 – CARP License and Redundancy must be free where a fish seeking to licence his free redundancy protocol, CARP, finds trouble with the red tape. A parody of the Fish License Skit and Eric the Half-a-Bee Song by Monty Python, with an anti-software patents message.
  • CARP, an open alternative to the HSRP and VRRP redundancy systems available from commercial vendors.
  • GPL licensed parts of the GNU toolset, bc [2], dc [3], nm [4] and size [5], were all replaced with BSD licensed equivalents.
  • AMD64 platform becomes stable enough for release and is included for the first time as part of a release.
  • c2k4: June 19, 2004 –
  • 46 developers, Calgary
  • 3.6: November 1, 2004 – Pond-erosa Puff (live) was the tale of Pond-erosa Puff, a no-guff freedom fighter from the wild west, set to hang a lickin' on no-good bureaucratic nerds who encumber software with needless words and restrictions. The song was styled after the works of Johnny Cash, a parody of the Spaghetti Western and Clint Eastwood and inspired by liberal licence enforcement
  • OpenNTPD, a compatible alternative to the reference NTP daemon, was developed within the OpenBSD project. The goal of OpenNTPD was not solely a compatible licence. It also aims to be a simple, secure NTP implementation providing acceptable accuracy for most cases, without requiring detailed configuration [6].
  • Because of its questionable security record and doubts of developers for better future development, OpenBSD removed Ethereal from its ports tree prior to its 3.6 release.
  • c2k5: May 21, 2005 –
  • 60 developers in Calgary.
  • 3.8: November 1, 2005 – Hackers of the Lost RAID, which detailed the exploits of Puffiana Jones, famed hackologist and adventurer, seeking out the Lost RAID, Styled after the radio serials of the 1930s and 40s, this was a parody of Indiana Jones and was linked to the new RAID tools featured as part of this release.
  • v2k5: November 1, 2005 –
  • OpenCON: November 4, 2005 – The OpenBSD Convention.
  • v2k5 developers and OpenBSD usergroup OpenBEER members gather for talks, presentations and beer.
  • 3.9: May 1, 2006 – Attack of the Binary BLOB, which chronicles the developer's fight against binary blobs and vendor lock-in, a parody of the 1958 film The Blob and the pop-rock music of the era.
  • enhanced OpenBGPD feature-set
  • Improved hardware sensors framework
  • 4.2: Nov 1, 2007 – 100001 1010101, the Linux kernel developers gets a knock for violating the ISC-style license of OpenBSD's open hardware abstraction layer for Atheros wireless cards.
  • 4.3: May 1, 2008 – Home to Hypocrisy,
  • 4.4: Nov 1, 2008 – Trial of the BSD Knights, summarizes the history of BSD including the USL v. BSDi lawsuit.
  • 4.5: May 1, 2009 – Games.
  • 4.6: Oct 18, 2009 – Planet of the Users. In the style of Planet of the Apes, Puffy travels in time to find a dumbed-down dystopia, where "one very rich man runs the earth with one multinational". Open-source software has since been replaced by one-button computers, one-channel televisions, and closed-source software which, after you purchase it, becomes obsolete before you have a chance to use it. People subsist on soylent green. The theme song is performed in the reggae rock style of The Police.
  • 4.7: May 19, 2010 – I'm Still Here.
  • 4.8: Nov 1, 2010 – El Puffiachi. [7] [8]
  • 4.9: May 1, 2011 – The Answer. [9]
  • 5.0: Nov 1, 2011 – What Me Worry?. [10]
  • 5.1: May 1, 2012 – Bug Busters. [11]
  • 5.2: Nov 1, 2012 – Aquarela do Linux. [12]
  • 5.3: May 1, 2013 – Blade Swimmer. [13]
  • 5.4: Nov 1, 2013 – Our favorite hacks. [14]
  • 5.5: May 1, 2014 – Wrap in Time. [15]
  • 5.6: Nov 1, 2014 – Ride of the Valkyries. [16]
  • See changelog. [17]

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