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Old 25th October 2013
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Hi,I'm new here and new to BSD.
I used FreeBSD for 1 month and want to try OpenBSD.
I have some questions about OpenBSD:

-OpenBSD is used only for security?Or I can use it as a desktop,programming,videos on youtube,work and other things?

-Can I install FreeBSD packages on OpenBSD?They have compatibility with each other?

-How can I install openbox in OpenBSD?What do I need?

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Old 25th October 2013
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OpenBSD is used only for security?Or I can use it as a desktop,programming,videos on youtube,work and other things?
Although OpenBSD does have a focus on security, it can be used as a general purpose operating system. In fact, all of the uses mentioned (desktop, programming...), are uses I make daily.
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Can I install FreeBSD packages on OpenBSD?
No. Neither is FreeBSD's package system nor its binaries compatible with OpenBSD.
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How can I install openbox in OpenBSD?What do I need?
Studying Section 15 of the project's official FAQ will help clarify your questions.

As a newcomer to OpenBSD, studying the entire FAQ will help you immensely. This is the single best document explaining general usage.
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Yes, you can do what you want with OpenBSD, and use it as any other desktop OS, except using Flash.

Flash is not supported in OpenBSD, so it's possible to watch videos on YouTube, but not all of them, and not with any browser.
For example, I've never been able to read videos on YouTube with Chromium, only with Firefox.
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Yes, you can do what you want with OpenBSD, and use it as any other desktop OS, except using Flash.

Flash is not supported in OpenBSD, so it's possible to watch videos on YouTube, but not all of them, and not with any browser.
For example, I've never been able to read videos on YouTube with Chromium, only with Firefox.
I watch videos on youtube using youtube-dl, an extention you can use on Firefox. I will also download the youtube videos and watch them using VLC. These methods work well on OpenBSD 5.3.
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Hi lucas34 ! welcome to daemonforums.org, my 2nd home :-)
Yes OpenBSD is so cool as a desktop OS .. I am running OpenBSD -current on Dell/Acer... but also on iBook g3/g4/imac on which X is now working out of the box flawlessly (no font issue no bad screen shapes or such) .. what other OS is as much caring to legacy -as to new- hardware as Puffy ??
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I've never been able to read videos on YouTube with Chromium, only with Firefox.
I use xombrero or firefox .. minitube is another choice (smtube is similar .. triggers smplayer ) .. to download videos I use youtube-dl (the best) or firefox addons (eg. Download Youtube as MP4) ..
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I appreciate the help.
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Hi Lucas,

I'm also rather new to OpenBSD. For trying to find packages you could do the following:

open a terminal or go to console:
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# export PKG_PATH=http://ftp.somemirror.org/pub/OpenBSD/5.3/packages/amd64
# echo $PKG_PATH # to check the command is understood
# pkg_info -Q openbox
# COMMENT: see what output you get and hope openbox is in it
# pkg_add openbox
Change the 5.3 to whatever version you use, 5.4, or snapshots and change the amd64 to i386 or whatever other hardware platform you're using. If you replace `uname -m` instead of amd64, it should always be correct (notice these are back ticks, not single quotes!!)

I haven't figured out how to change the window manager yet, I use fvwm, the standard one OpenBSD comes with but you can change the window manager somewhere in the main menu of fvwm.
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I haven't figured out how to change the window manager yet
I recall ocicat once told me : "there is more than 1 way of doing it" .. so consider my k.i.s.s way :
while on cli and after pkg_adding the target wm (eg. ratpoison ) , just issue :
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 $ xinit /usr/local/bin/ratpoison
you can set things in ~/.xinitrc to always start one particular wm with 'startx'.
Apart from fvwm there is also cwm and it's really calm & cool :
$ which cwm
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/usr/X11R6/bin/cwm
some window managers get slightly different names after installation.. eg. ion (installs as ion3) .. enlightenment (installs as e16) .. a 'pkg_info -L' helps you learn about.
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yes cli rocks but there is also a web facility for the new comer : http://openports.se/
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I haven't figured out how to change the window manager yet, I use fvwm, the standard one OpenBSD comes with but you can change the window manager somewhere in the main menu of fvwm.
virtuvoos, you're beginning to deviate from the topic of this thread, but in answer to your question in brief, read Section 11.5.2 of the official FAQ. To use a different window manager, you will need to edit ~/.xinitrc.

Any further discussion about window managers should be started in a new thread.
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