When we need a reliable, stable and secure operating system, OpenBSD is our first choice. This strong preference is based on important technical and practical merits, as the following brief introduction explains:
OpenBSD is an open source software project producing a free, Unix-like operating system descended from Berkley Software Distribution (BSD). Its development began in 1995 by forking the NetBSD codebase.
Unlike similar projects, OpenBSD develops a complete operating system (not just the kernel), has strict management hierarchy, mandates extensive peer-review for all new code and releases stable versions on a regular basis (every 6 months).
OpenBSD is used at commercial, educational and government organizations worldwide, including universities, research facilities, internet service providers and large enterprises, such as Adobe, Yahoo, Google, HP and GoDaddy. Software code produced by the project is used in critical parts of various other operating systems and security-oriented software products. Many commercial firewall appliances are based on OpenBSD.
From the very beginning, OpenBSD was designed and built by its developers to suit their own use-cases. As our needs are very similar, this also makes it an excellent development and hosting platform for our own applications and information systems.
The project follows a strict documentation process where any errors or omissions are considered equivalent to software bugs. The result is a high-quality, always up-to-date documentation of all administrative tools, software libraries and system calls, that's second to none among both open source and commercial operating systems.
Although never afraid to introduce backward incompatible security or code quality improvements, OpenBSD normally progresses through gradual evolution rather than major changes. KoMnA is thus able to regularly and cost-effectively upgrade existing systems, making sure that even our older solutions run on a modern, secure platform.