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Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will 290

Theo de Raadt was a founding member of NetBSD, and is the founder and leader of the OpenSSH and OpenBSD projects. He is currently working on OpenBSD 5.5 which would be the projects 35th release on CDROM. Even though he'd rather be hiking in the mountains or climbing rocks in his free time, Theo has agreed to answer any question you may have. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one question per post.
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Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @12:28PM (#46409157)

    that's your opinion which is not widely shared by OpenBSD users. those of us who like to get things done w/o the opinionated whining and design by committee crap found in nearly every other open source project.

    shut up and code.

  • by jones_supa ( 887896 ) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @12:34PM (#46409223)
    All BSDs are more robust than Linux as they follow a much more conservative development process. Linux is in a constant bleeding edge R&D mode (which of course also means that you get cool new features quickly).
  • Re:NSA (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @12:40PM (#46409293)

    Or rather
    What effect has the revelations from Snowden on the presence of active monitoring of communication in the US had on creating user demand for more secure systems?

  • Trying too hard (Score:2, Insightful)

    by nmb3000 ( 741169 ) <> on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @12:44PM (#46409355) Journal

    Slashdot interviews for Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, and now Theo, all in the last week?

    What happened? Did someone at Dice push Slashdot management to try and "reclaim technical roots"? Is someone a little worried about []? Or maybe this is part of a last-ditch effort to increase revenue^W^W reclaim reader loyalty?

    Slashdot Media was acquired to provide content and services that are important to technology professionals in their everyday work lives and to leverage that reach into the global technology community benefiting user engagement on the site. The expected benefits have started to be realized at However, advertising revenue has declined over the past year and there is no improvement expected in the future financial performance of Slashdot Media's underlying advertising business. Therefore, $7.2 million of intangible assets and $6.3 million of goodwill related to Slashdot Media were reduced to zero.

    source [].

    Perhaps not, but really, you guys are still trying way too hard now. I'd have thought you realized by now that successfully running a site like this is a marathon, not a sprint. Throwing up a few half-baked interviews with prominent open source figures isn't the answer.

  • by Wootery ( 1087023 ) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @02:09PM (#46410483)

    In this context, asshole does not mean morally objectionable.

    Theo is generally thought to be an asshole in that he's tremendously disagreeable and difficult to work with, but that's not to say he's actually evil and worth boycotting.

    fsck-beta might well believe, as I'm sure many of us do, that Theo is an asshole (see early history of OpenBSD) who has done some very good work.

  • by Useless ( 11387 ) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @03:36PM (#46411631) Homepage

    There have been a whole lot of these question threads without any replies in the past few months (6 other threads in the past 3 months, all unanswered). Do these people actually know they are being interviewed, or are these just empty topics posted to bolster lagging page views/ad impressions?

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