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Old 16th February 2011
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Hi, I'm introducing myself. My name is Christopher, and I recently installed OpenBSD on my main desktop PC at work, just to force myself to learn it. I use Gentoo Linux on all my other PCs and servers at the moment.

I installed Gnome so actually the general look and feel is about the same, although there are a number of interesting differences when I work in the terminal. E.g., in OpenBSD I had to use "su -l" instead of just "su", or OpenBSD does not load a new environment. Your package manager is pretty straightforward, although I was a little confused at first because it allowed me to install gnome-desktop without installing gnome-panel, metacity, or most of the other stuff one takes for granted.

I should like to try OpenBSD as a server instead of a desktop, but I don't have any spare servers at the moment.

Anyway, I'll probably be asking a lot of question. Thx in advance.
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Hello and welcome!

You'll probably find the built in sudo(8) a more useful tool day to day than su(1).
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If you can run OpenBSD on it, you can use it as a server. Don't bother looking for server hardware while you are in the learning stage.
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Having a network interface of some sort does help make a server of it in many cases .

Can't say anything about manual pages under Gentoo (beyond that I already know many GNU manual pages suck and blow), but OpenBSD at least, the documentation is definitive :-).
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