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Be sure OpenBSD supports your hardware

Before you even begin, be sure OpenBSD supports your hardware! You can find the supported hardware list for the most recent version of OpenBSD on i386 at http://www.OpenBSD.org/i386.html, or on the FTP site or CD-ROM in the release directory as … read more »

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Good idea to keep hardware interfaces secret

Some hardware vendors over the last ten years thought that it was a good idea to keep their hardware interfaces secret, so that competitors wouldn’t be able to copy their designs. This has generally proven to be a bad idea; … read more »

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OpenBSD supports wide variety of hardware architectures

OpenBSD supports a wide variety of hardware architectures: i386, Alpha, 32- and 64-bit Sparc, both the 68000 and PowerPC varieties of Macintosh, and a variety of less well-known platforms. Take a look at http://www.OpenBSD.org/plat.html for a full list of supported … read more »

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Successful OpenBSD installation requires OpenBSD software

A successful OpenBSD installation requires the OpenBSD software, supported hardware, and a bit of thought about how you want your installed machine to look and behave. A developer’s multiboot laptop will have very different requirements than a dedicated firewall, which … read more »

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Be sure you have one handy just in case

Armed with your OpenBSD software and a computer with supported hardware, you are now ready to face an actual installation. We will cover a full installation on the i386 architecture via CD-ROM and FTP/HTTP. (We’ll cover installing from a hard … read more »

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