Why OpenBSD?

All the solutions offered and developed by BSDHosting are based on and around the OpenBSD Operating System, a secure, reliable, free derivative of the original Berkeley System Distribution of UNIX(tm) which has a proven track record in the areas of our concern, reliability, security and performance. Compared to the security records of the other Free and non-Free Unix based operating systems, OpenBSD is unquestionably the leader of the field. OpenBSD supports all major Unix based projects either through re-compilation, prepackaged binaries or if needed, emulation of another operating system (Solaris, HP-UX, Linux, SCO among others). OpenBSD integrates well with your existing network and operating system infrastructures (Windows based Networks, Novell based networks and others) and existing deployed services. OpenBSD has support for common open standards such as HTTP, SMTP, POP3, IMAP, LDAP, Radius, SMB and XML-RPC and can run them securely.

OpenBSD is 'secure by default', that means that a default installation of OpenBSD can safely be placed on the internet without any unnecessary or insecure services running on it, and of course, its security can be tightened still further if needed.

OpenBSD contains a high quality packet filter (pf) which supports Packet Filtering, Load Balancing, Bandwidth Shaping, Class Based Queueing and Network Address Translation.

By default, OpenBSD ships with Strong Crypto integrated into the operating system, so creating a secure, encrypted server for your business requires no additional investment in software. OpenBSD's license (the BSDL), ensures that we can extend and develop business-specific additions and changes to the base system, without needing to release those details if we don't wish. In this way, OpenBSD cooperates well with both open and closed-source business models.

OpenBSD can also be configured as a reliable, efficient workstation running X-Windows and has support for the most popular Desktop Environments (KDE, Gnome, WindowMaker, Enlightenment, many more), and productivity applications such as OpenOffice, Eclipse, Scribus and The Gimp.

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