FAQ

Freqently Asked Questions

  • How-tos? Seriously?
    • I know about the bad reputation how-tos have, but I couldn’t think of a better name. So I reserved the domain bsdhowto.ch. The main goal is to write about things I’ve done and how I have done them. If you find it useful, that’s great. If not, I don’t care.
  • Why do you not advertise your posts on mailing lists / social media / whatever?
    • This is a hobby. I write a post when I feel about writing a post. This is for fun, not for profit. So I don’t see any reason to advertise my work.
  • Can you write a how-to about xyz?
    • No, this will not happen. This blog is a pure hobby and I don’t have any intentions to transform it to something else.
  • Can you fix my problem I have with system xyz or software abc?
    • No, I can’t fix your problem. And I don’t want to fix your problem. I don’t do IT support.
  • I’ve copied and pasted your config/script/whatever. Why does it not work?
    • Because you didn’t adapt it to your environment. All configs and scripts on this site contain example names and IPs. You must change these to the correct values in your environment.
  • But I followed your instructions in the article so it has to work!
    • Maybe you did. But you only followed the sentences which say: do this or do that. Read the whole text. If you don’t you will probably miss the part that explains why this or that has to be done.
    • Of course, my text can contain mistakes. I strongly recommend that you verify my instructions by reading the man pages before you follow them blindly.
  • I’ve found a mistake in the post xyz. What should I do?
    • Please tell me about it so I can correct the post. Your help is appreciated.
  • I’m a native speaker. Why is your English so bad?
    • Because English is not my first language. Any corrections of my texts which improves grammar are very much appreciated.
  • Why do you use OpenBSD?
    • Excellent software
    • Excellent documentation
    • Excellent people
    • … and countless other reasons
  • So you use OpenBSD because you care about security?
    • Yes, I care about IT security.
    • No, I don’t use OpenBSD because of security concerns only.
    • Yes, security is one of the project goals.
    • No, it’s not the duty of the developers to keep you secure. It is your duty!
  • Do you recommend OpenBSD?
    • Yes, absolutely. But it is not a system for everybody. There is a learning curve. Not only about command names and file paths, but especially about how things work in OpenBSD.
  • Why should I donate to the project?
    • Because you use the software. Writing software costs money. And the OpenBSD project writes excellent software, worth every penny you donate.
  • I don’t use OpenBSD. Why should I bother?
    • Even if you do not use OpenBSD yourself on a server or a client, chances are almost 100% that you use some of the software written by project members. E. g. most SSH servers found in network devices today are OpenSSH or at least largely based on it.