OpenBSD's second of its biannual releases came early again this year with the release of OpenBSD 6.6 last week; while this post comes late.
For anyone who isn't yet aware, Theo's announcement came a few days ago on Thursday, October 17 to the relevant mailing lists.
Among the many changes are:
sysupgrade(8): an automatic upgrade utility that performs release and snapshot upgrades with one command
- LibreSSL 3.0.2: a new release of the project's OpenSSL fork
sshsig: a minimal signature and verification utility for ssh-keygen(1)
- OpenSSH 8.1: a new release of the project's ubiquitous
tmuximprovements: including regex support in search, match, and substitute modifiers, menus, selection auto-scroll, and more
relayd(8): added support for OCSP stapling
- system-wide improvements in the wireless & network stack, hardware support, security, SMP, virtualisation, and much more
You can view the entire changelog for a complete rundown.
If upgrading from 6.5, the new sysupgrade(8) utility was made
available in a syspatch(8) update earlier this
month, so all you need to do is run
sysupgrade–after reading the
Upgrade Guide of course (and running
syspatch if you haven't
done so since before October 3).
If you're considering running OpenBSD for the first time–there's no better
time–you most definitely should! You can get an OpenBSD VM through
OpenBSD Amsterdam, which is where this site is hosted. Their VMs come
fully installed and setup so all you need to do is
ssh into your new box.
And checkout OpenBSD Jumpstart for a great introduction to some
of the core features and uses of OpenBSD, then get started–you
won't ever go back!
And please consider making a donation directly to the project. Even if you're not using the operating system, there's a very good chance you're utilising software developed by the project.