Standardised Install

Because we tend to make avoidable mistakes, an installation 'procedure' is a start to build quality and consistency. The OpenBSD team have built a great OS, so let's not be the weak link in the chain (point of failure.)

This section of the notes covers some areas for installing OpenBSD onto your system.


Before your first installation, there are some items that may be of use to know, think about. Whether comfortable with Unix, or new to it, when installing OpenBSD for the first time there are some preliminary concepts that may be useful to be aware of, before taking the plunge.

In this section, we review various components of an installed system and discuss different aspects of it from an OpenBSD point of view:


For the first time installer, the OpenBSD INSTALL instructions are clear. There's a TEXT version on the FTP sites (one for each hardware platform) a HTML version for the web browsers.

For the pre-disposed to printed matter? Buy the Project CD and get your install instructions printed on glossy paper, with stickers!!

Once you are ready to install OpenBSD, the

Consistency comes not from magical alignments of the stars, but through discipline. A practised discipline to documentation (oops, my bad) and your installation serves you well for future maintainance, updates, and discovery of your system capabilities.


The Graphical Desktop Environment (GDE), is standard for most desktops. Those extra pixels on large screens are magnets for more terminal screens, and the occassional web browser etc. The graphical workstation desktop is (as with most things in Unix) built from various software components:


Professions subscribe to various end-user requirements for service delivery to maximise the effectiveness, and robustness of service and end-product.