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Old 18th October 2009
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Default OpenBSD 4.6 Release

In something of a surprise event, OpenBSD 4.6 has just been released.

In a rather unusual fashion, the OpenBSD 4.6 release date was originally set for Oct 1st instead of the usual Nov 1st because of the Hackathon.
Later it was postponed to the usual Nov 1st due to some problems with CD manufacturing,
But since most people have already recieved their CD sets, it was decided to move the release date forward two weeks.

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But since most people have already recieved their CD sets, it was decided to move the release date forward two weeks.
Because a large number of people had received their orders of the official OpenBSD 4.6 CD set, the decision was made to go ahead & make the 4.6 package repository available today. Going along with this decision is another to make the actual 4.6-release filesets & ISO images available as well. The official announcement can be seen at the following:

http://marc.info/?l=openbsd-misc&m=125588091023791&w=2
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That was surely unexpected, now I just need to stop procrastinating.
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I saw OpenBSD 4.6 Release on my undeadly.org RSS widget on my desktop and was excited and not expecting it! This might be a stupid question as i'm still learning some things but when will 4.6 be out of -current and replaced with the next version ? i've never normally paid any attention to snapshots and -current until recently.

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4.6 has been tagged several months ago, CURRENT is already way past it.

Here is some discussion & an explanation of the OpenBSD release process which may answer your question:
http://www.daemonforums.org/showthread.php?t=3800

I found the video mentioned in the last post to provide a good overview of how things work & why thing work as they do.
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FAQ 5.1 is also an excellent resource for understanding the development process and release cycle.
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...when will 4.6 be out of -current and replaced with the next version ?
There is one additional aspect of your question which has not been addressed by the other respondents.

The version number of -current (which is currently 4.6-current...) will change to 4.7-current at the beginning of the beta cycle. Beta cycles vary in length, & given that OpenBSD 4.7 is currently scheduled to be released 1April 2010, you can expect to see the version number change in -current sometime early next year.

As many others have already stated, work on OpenBSD 4.7 has been ongoing since the OPENBSD_4_6_BASE tag was added to CVS at the end of May 2009.

As jggimi has already mentioned, study Section 5.1 of the FAQ. It will build strong teeth too.
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Wow thanks for the responses :-p very nice ones too.
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As usual, my OpenBSD-based Live media was updated for 4.6. No other significant changes in were made. There are six configurations: Basic, Firefox, Fluxbox, XFCE, KDE, and Gnome.

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Jggimi,

Thanks for the 4.6 live CD release. I am downloading it (KDE version) right now to check it out...

Umm, looks like the homepage hasn't been updated yet as it is still showing 4.5-release.
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Fixed, thanks for noticing.
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Nice work jggimi, it's surely useful for new users.
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Does/did 4.4 become officially unsupported the day 4.6 was released?
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Does/did 4.4 become officially unsupported the day 4.6 was released?
Yes. Discussion on the project's policy can be found in Section 5.1 of the FAQ:

http://openbsd.org/faq/faq5.html#Flavors
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*(&&*^%&^)(*(*^!!! I *thought* I read that before posting the question
Thanks ocicat (and for your patience)!
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i dont know why some people think openbsd is more harder to deal with! its just the installer. i think its the same as FreeBSD with slightly difference in files.
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They are two distinct operating systems separated by many years of independently directed development.

Further work on the installer happened before the 4.6 release.. so anyone still complaining about it is just afraid of reading what's on the screen.
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Maybe I'm a freako, but I found the OpenBSD installer, as shipped in 3.9, to be vastly easier to deal with then FreeBSD sysinstall, which I've used for years lol.
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Many people look at the installer, see basic graphic-less text, and flinch.

As someone who used both the graphical Ubuntu and OpenSolaris installers recently, I can assure you that graphics != usability.

As OpenBSDFan666 said, all you need to do is read be patient, grab a cup of coffee and some cookies, and just read the text and follow instructions. It's very easy, and the new 4.6 installer made things even easier.
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Many people look at the installer, see basic graphic-less text, and flinch.
More accurately, newbies flinch when they are presented with questions in which there are no default answers they can accept.

It is important to remember that the targeted users of the OpenBSD Project are the developers themselves. They just happen to be altruistic enough to release their work to the rest of us heathens to use too.

Although the installer may appear daunting to the newbie, it is actually preferred by the community. Once one understands what information is required & what configuration is desired, OpenBSD can be installed in less than 5 minutes on most platforms. I don't believe most GUI-based installers can make the same claim.
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