No Commercial Lock-in
OpenBSD is not just about security. It is about Open Source Software that is free for anyone to use.
Keep in mind that not all Open Source software is free. OpenBSD and any software that is distributed
with OpenBSD is free and if not more important, it is a relatively un-encumbered Unix source distribution.
As such, OpenBSD strives to maintain the spirit of the original Berkeley Unix
The whole IT industry seems to be all about "lock-in". Software companies market their products
as the best thing since sliced bread. You buy their expensive proprietary software or operating system
or more specifically the license to use them and then you pay for the support of that product. Then
it comes time to upgrade. Do you upgrade or move to an alternative vendor? You have already made the
investment of time and money into one product. Switching is never an easy decision to make. The vendors
understand this very well and they know that most users rarely switch due to the costs and pains involved.
This is what lock-in is all about and it is not in your company's best interest to get trapped like this.
We will help you migrate away from these commercial products if and where
it is most appropriate. This would be a significant step toward reducing
your IT expenditures and overhead. Furthermore, all of our open source
solutions can be easily integrated into your existing network environment
so there are no interoperability issues. You'll wonder why you didn't do
There is one more thing you should be aware of. You will never have to worry about patent
infringement when you use OpenBSD, unlike Linux and other alternative Open Source
Operating Systems and software. The OpenBSD team and their related projects are deeply committed
to making OpenBSD clean and free of any bad licenses. It is free for you to use for any reason,
commercial or otherwise, so long as you respect OpenBSD's