Obviously, each developer working on OpenBSD has their own aims
and priorities, but it is possible to classify the goals we all share:
- Provide the best development platform possible.
Provide full source access to developers and users, including the
ability to look at CVS tree changes directly.
Users can even look at our source tree and changes
directly on the web!
- Integrate good code from any source with acceptable
copyright (ISC or Berkeley style preferred, GPL acceptable as a last
recourse but not in the kernel, NDA never acceptable).
We want to make available source code that anyone can use for ANY
PURPOSE, with no restrictions.
We strive to make our software robust and secure, and encourage
companies to use whichever pieces they want to. There are
commercial spin-offs of OpenBSD.
- Pay attention to security problems and fix
them before anyone else does. (Try to be the #1 most
secure operating system.)
- Greater integration of cryptographic software.
This means IPsec, key engines, Kerberos,
and other forms of strong crypto or crypto-using systems.
OpenBSD is developed and released from Canada and due to Canadian
law it is legal to export crypto to the world (as
researched by a Canadian individual and as
documented in the Export Control list of Canada).
OpenBSD developers are doing active research and development on
- Track and implement standards (ANSI, POSIX, parts of X/Open, etc.)
- Work towards a very machine independent source tree.
Support as many different systems and hardware
- Be as politics-free as possible; solutions should be decided on the
basis of technical merit.
- Focus on being developer-oriented in all senses, including holding
developer-only events called hackathons.
- Do not let serious problems sit unsolved.
- Provide a good cross compile/development platform.
- Import external packages with minimal modifications - making upgrading
much easier. Also to submit back to the developers any changes made.
- Make a CDROM-based release approximately every six months.
See our Donations Page.
Where do our developers live?
This map approximates where our developers live. We will attempt to update it
occasionally, but please don't count on that.