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Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Chapter 13. Software Management

Blowfish is solid, but the third-party software? Easy road to ruin.

Most people don’t use an operating system; they use software, which runs atop an underlying operating system. No matter how robust an operating system is, it’s useless without applications.

Many commercial operating systems include hundreds or thousands of small programs: games, desktop toys, and everything from fancy-looking clocks to disk scrubbers and web browsers. Most users never touch most of these programs, but the programs take up disk space (and possibly other resources) just the same. Every program drags along some amount of ...

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