The perfect OpenBSD desktop

OpenBSD may not for everyone, but for people with limited need for commercial software, OpenBSD may provide the best desktop experience available.

Some arguments that speak for OpenBSD as a desktop are.

The hardware

It is recommended to check that the targeted hardware is supported by OpenBSD before you buy it.

Hardware supported by OpenBSD generally work very well, but unsupported hardware won't of course.

OpenBSD have a wide hardware support, but you should still check before buying new hardware.

For accelerate graphics, DRM, Intel and AMD generally works, but not Nvidia.

One way to make sure that a specific hardware is supported is to boot a live OpenBSD OS from an USB stick to verify that everything works.

For this install I will use a very cost and power efficient setup with enough performance that would suffice for most common uses.


Because of problems with video on OpenBSD I need to verify the hardware by installing Ubuntu from a USB stick.

Download Ubuntu

Install on a USB stick.

sd1 at scsibus4 targ 1 lun 0: <SanDisk, Ultra Backup, 1.26> ...
sd1: 7633MB, 512 bytes/sector, 15633408 sectors

fdisk sd1

disklabel sd1
i:         15631181               64   MSDOS 

sudo dd if=/home/peter/Downloads/ubuntu-16.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso of=/dev/rsd1i bs=4m

The above does not work. Probably because the .iso is not formatted for the USB stick and/or usb stick is not bootable.

So I turned to creating the USB stick on OSX.

Boot with Ubuntu USB.

New hardware

NUC5CPYH is not recommended anymore. Video fails both for OpenBSD and Ubuntu. Even with BIOS upgraded to version 0058.