When security is paramount

OpenBSD is a very secure, stable and reliable operating system (OS) and has the proud standing of only ever having two remote holes in the default installation in over 15 years. To put this more clearly, there has only been two cases where a remote user could breach or obtain access to the system.

OpenBSD has a pro-active security policy, high-cryptography integrated throughout the system, strong focus on accuracy and portability. For example, as soon as one type of bug has been located all the sources will be checked to ensure that there are no other instances of the identified bug.

Moreover, the most widely used SSH implementation (OpenSSH) is developed by OpenBSD and is installed on virtually all UNIX and embedded systems in place today.

It is no mistake or by a chance occurrence that OpenBSD is more often used than not in mission critical situations where security takes precedence over everything else and at the same time without sacrificing usability.

OpenBSD is often referred to as a server OS. While this is certainly true, OpenBSD has a strong history of usage as a desktop platform too. For example, OpenBSD was the first non-Linux system with GNOME3 (including GNOME Shell) to be made available.

M:Tier is closely involved and associated with all OpenBSD development. All M:Tier developers are active OpenBSD Committers since 2004 ~ 2006.

Simply put, everything M:Tier does in this space goes directly to the OpenBSD project and nothing (except for confidential customer configurations) is held back.

Various features and enhancements in OpenBSD have been sponsored by M:Tier such as:

  • rc.d framework
  • package signatures in pkg_add
  • ypldap
  • enhancements and fixes in:
    • Linux emulation layer
    • NFS
    • ACPI
    • DRI

Many organizations have been using VPNs for years and M:Tier has significant experience and expertised in providing OpenBSD-based VPN and remote desktop (NX) solutions too.