OpenBSD Release Cover Art over the last 10 years

Included in the long list of contributions the OpenBSD project has made is the set of art that is created for each release.

Below are the cover art images for the last 10 years of OpenBSD releases.

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And one for the OpenBSD Audio CD Release

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Nginx and VeriSign SSL Certificates

Although instructions are provided for many web servers/systems there are no instructions on the VeriSign web site on how to setup Nginx.

One tip that may save you a couple of minutes is that your Nginx SSL configuration will not work correctly with the VeriSign provided Apache CA bundle of intermediate certificates.

To get a certificate bundle that will work properly I suggest the following steps.

  • First download both the Primary Intermediate CA Certificate and the Secondary SSL Intermediate CA Certificate files.
  • Second, concatenate your certificate, then the primary CA certificate, then the secondary certificate into a single file.
  • Third reference the resulting file in your nginx SSL configuration, verify your configuration, and restart nginx.

To ensure everything is setup correctly you can verify your site using the VeriSign Certificate Check application.

New Django hosting option available

A recently launched startup named Kutoken has begun to offer Django hosting.

Per Kutoken home page:

Kutoken is a first-class platform for hosting Django applications. We’ve taken the knowledge we’ve acquired building big clusters for large organisations with deep pockets, and made it accessible to all.

If you’re a perfectionist with a deadline, Kutoken is the logical choice.

I’m glad to see the options available for easily deploying Django applications increase. It is an encouraging sign for the future of Django that companies like Kutoken feel confident building a businesses whose success is based on Django’s continued adoption and use.

Open Source (Desktop) Applications on Windows

A couple of weeks ago I ran across this article that listed 10 applications identified as “the best open source software for Windows”.

While Windows is not my desktop OS of choice, it is the desktop operating system of choice for my employer and I use a number of Open Source applications on my corporate laptop. I thought it might be interesting to see how the author’s choices matched up with the applications that I use ever day on my corporate laptop.

Below is the list of the applications from the referenced article with a bit of commentary about my use (or lack thereof) of the application.

  • Filezilla: Yes — But I find myself using WinSCP instead of Filezilla.
  • VirtualBox: Yes — But I also use VMware Player.
  • Open Office: Yes — In conjunction with Microsoft Office.
  • Firefox: Yes — Firefox is my primary browser.
  • Paint.net: No — I’ve installed GIMP instead.
  • Media Player Classic: No — I’ve installed VLC instead.
  • TrueCrypt: Yes — I use it and love it.
  • PDF Creator: Yes — I find it a bit more stable than CutePDF.
  • 7-Zip: Yes
  • ClamWin: No — A commercial anti-virus package is provided with the laptop.

So I’d score that a either a hit on 6 or 7 out of the possible 10 applications.

Leaving development tools aside, my additions to the list (in no particular order) are the following:

  • Cygwin
  • GIMP
  • Komodo Edit
  • WinSCP
  • Putty
  • VLC
  • Google Chrome
  • Pidgin

Using Open Source applications can definitely improve the user experience on Windows.