Timeline of OpenBSD

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Version history[edit]

The following table presents a version release history for the OpenBSD operating system.

Legend: Old version Older version, still supported Current stable version Latest preview version Future release
Version Release date Supported until Significant changes
Old version, no longer supported: 1.1 18 October 1995
  • OpenBSD CVS repository created by Theo de Raadt. [1]
  • While the version number used at this stage was 1.1,[a] OpenBSD 1.1 was not an official OpenBSD release in the sense which this term subsequently came to be used in.
Old version, no longer supported: 1.2 1 July 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.
Old version, no longer supported: 2.0 1 October 1996
Old version, no longer supported: 2.1 1 June 1997 Replacement of the older sh with pdksh.[4]
Old version, no longer supported: 2.2 1 December 1997 Addition of the afterboot(8) man page.[5]
Old version, no longer supported: 2.3 19 May 1998 Introduced the haloed daemon, or aureola beastie, in head-only form created by Erick Green.[6]
Old version, no longer supported: 2.4 1 December 1998 Featured the complete haloed daemon, with trident and a finished body.[7]
Old version, no longer supported: 2.5 19 May 1999 Introduced the Cop daemon image done by Ty Semaka.[8]
Old version, no longer supported: 2.6 1 December 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.[9]
Old version, no longer supported: 2.7 15 June 2000 Support for SSH2 added to OpenSSH.[10]
Old version, no longer supported: 2.8 1 December 2000 isakmpd(8)[11][not in citation given]
Old version, no longer supported: 2.9 1 June 2001

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Old version, no longer supported: 3.0 1 December 2001

E-Railed (OpenBSD Mix),[13] a techno track performed by the release mascot Puff Daddy, the famed rapper and political icon.

Old version, no longer supported: 3.1 19 May 2002 Systemagic,[14] where Puffy, the Kitten Slayer, battles evil script kitties. Inspired by the works of Rammstein and a parody of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • First official remote security hole - OpenSSH integer overflow (errata31 006)
Old version, no longer supported: 3.2 1 November 2002 Goldflipper,[15] 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.
Old version, no longer supported: 3.3 1 May 2003

Puff the Barbarian,[16] born in a tiny bowl; Puff was a slave, now he hacks through the C, searching for the Hammer. It is an 80s rock-style song and parody of Conan the Barbarian dealing with open documentation.

  • In 2003, code from ALTQ, which had a license disallowing the sale of derivatives, was relicensed, integrated into pf and made available in OpenBSD 3.3.
Old version, no longer supported: 3.4 1 November 2003

The Legend of Puffy Hood where Sir Puffy of Ramsay,[17] 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 medieval-style 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 Executable and Linkable Format
  • 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.
Old version, no longer supported: 3.5 1 May 2004

CARP License and Redundancy must be free,[18] where a fish seeking to license 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 tool-set, bc [19], dc [20], nm [21] and size [22], 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.
Old version, no longer supported: 3.6 1 November 2004

Pond-erosa Puff (live) was the tale of Pond-erosa Puff,[23] 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 license 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 license. It also aims to be a simple, secure NTP implementation providing acceptable accuracy for most cases, without requiring detailed configuration [24].
  • 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.
Old version, no longer supported: 3.7 19 May 2005 The Wizard of OS,[25] where Puffathy, a little Alberta girl, must work with Taiwan to save the day by getting unencumbered wireless. This release was styled after the works of Pink Floyd and a parody of The Wizard of Oz; this dealt with wireless hacking.
Old version, no longer supported: 3.8 1 November 2005 Hackers of the Lost RAID,[26] 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. This is the first version released without the telnet daemon which was completely removed from the source tree by Theo de Raadt in May 2005.[1]
Old version, no longer supported: 3.9 1 May 2006

Attack of the Binary BLOB,[27] 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.
Old version, no longer supported: 4.0 1 November 2006 Humppa Negala,[28] a Hava Nagilah parody with a portion of Entrance of the Gladiators and Humppa music fused together, with no story behind it, simply a homage to one of the OpenBSD developers' favorite genres of music.
  • Second official remote security hole - buffer overflow by malformed ICMPv6 packets (errata40 010)
Old version, no longer supported: 4.1 1 May 2007 Puffy Baba and the 40 Vendors,[29] a parody of the Arabic fable Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, part of the book of One Thousand and One Nights, in which Linux developers are mocked over their allowance of non-disclosure agreements when developing software while at the same time implying hardware vendors are criminals for not releasing documentation required to make reliable device drivers.
Old version, no longer supported: 4.2 1 November 2007 100001 1010101,[30] the Linux kernel developers gets a knock for violating the ISC-style license of OpenBSD's open hardware abstraction layer for Atheros wireless cards.
Old version, no longer supported: 4.3 1 May 2008 Home to Hypocrisy[31]
Old version, no longer supported: 4.4 1 November 2008

Trial of the BSD Knights,[32] summarizes the history of BSD including the USL v. BSDi lawsuit. The song was styled after the works of Star Wars.

Old version, no longer supported: 4.5 1 May 2009 Games. It was styled after the works of Tron. [33]
Old version, no longer supported: 4.6 18 October 2009 Planet of the Users.[34] 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.
  • smtpd(8), privilege-separated SMTP server
  • tmux(1) terminal multiplexer
Old version, no longer supported: 4.7 19 May 2010 I'm Still Here [35]
Old version, no longer supported: 4.8 1 November 2010 El Puffiachi. [36] [37]
  • iked(8) IKEv2 daemon
  • ldapd(8) LDAP daemon
Old version, no longer supported: 4.9 1 May 2011 The Answer. [38]
  • rc.d(8) daemon control
Old version, no longer supported: 5.0 1 November 2011 What Me Worry?. [39]
Old version, no longer supported: 5.1 1 May 2012 Bug Busters. The song was styled after the works of Ghostbusters. [40]
Old version, no longer supported: 5.2 1 November 2012 Aquarela do Linux. [41]
Old version, no longer supported: 5.3 1 May 2013 Blade Swimmer. The song was styled after the works of Roy Lee, a parody of Blade Runner. [42]
Old version, no longer supported: 5.4 1 November 2013 Our favorite hacks. [43]
Old version, no longer supported: 5.5 1 May 2014 Wrap in Time. [44]
  • signify(1) cryptographic signatures of release and packages
  • 64bit time_t on all platforms (Y2K38 ready)
Old version, no longer supported: 5.6 1 November 2014 Ride of the Valkyries. [45]
Latest preview version of a future release: 5.7 1 May 2015 Source Fish. [46]
  • rcctl(8) utility to control daemons
  • nginx(8) removed from base
Latest preview version of a future release: 5.8 18 October 2015

20 years ago today, Fanza, So much better, A Year in the Life. [47]
(20th anniversary release [48])

  • doas(1) replacement of sudo
Current stable version: 5.9 29 March 2016 Doctor W^X, Systemagic (Anniversary Edition). [49]
  • W^X enforced in i386 kernel
  • pledge(2) process restriction
Future release: 6.0 1 September 2016[2]
Version Release date Supported until Significant changes

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • c99: 4 June 1999 – the original hackathon
  • c2k: 15 June 2000 –
    • 18 developers, once more in Calgary
  • c2k1: 21 June 2001 –
  • c2k1-II: 17 August 2001 –
  • c2k2: 4 June 2002 –
    • 42 developers in Calgary,
    • origin of the "Shut Up and Hack!" motto
  • c2k3: 10 May 2003 –
    • 51 developers in Calgary.
  • pf2k4: 24 April 2004 –
  • c2k4: 19 June 2004 –
    • 46 developers, Calgary
  • c2k5: 21 May 2005 –
    • 60 developers in Calgary.
  • What the Hack: 28–31 July 2005 –
  • v2k5: 1 November 2005 –
    • ports hackathon
    • 12 developers in Venice, Italy.
  • OpenCON: 4 November 2005 – The OpenBSD Convention.
    • v2k5 developers and OpenBSD usergroup OpenBEER members gather for talks, presentations and beer.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Compare release history of NetBSD, which OpenBSD branched from

References[edit]

  1. ^ de Raadt, Theo. "CVS: cvs.openbsd.org: src". OpenBSD-CVS mailing list. Removed files: libexec/telnetd 
  2. ^ "OpenBSD 6.0". OpenBSD. ISBN 978-0-9881561-8-0. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 

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