I have just made two full decades of using OpenBSD for just about every aspect of my computing needs. I remember being first introduced to it by my college roommate who was using it at the time. I was beavering away on my Windows 98 Second Edition machine, working hard on a term paper, when the unthinkable happened: my computer crashes and I lose everything. My roommate heard me yell, “Oh fuck! Oh no no no!” Undeterred, he yanked the hard drive out of my machine and placed it in his. He recovered all but the very last page of the term paper. Determined not to let this happen again, I decided that I would learn OpenBSD and Unix.
Thus began my love affair with the most secure and reliable operating system on the planet. OpenBSD taught me all about the Internet and TCP/IP networking and gave me some real skills to fall back on. I learned all about email servers, web servers, and firewalls, giving me real world technical skills to fall back on when my career ambitions did not work out. OpenBSD made me curious and taught me patience and perseverance.
Over the years since 1999, OpenBSD has continued to get better. The developers wrote their own web server software after security/ideology woes with Apache and nginx reared their ugly head. What has a resulted is a stupidly simple to configure web stack. We also have seen OpenBSD become a power house of a router and more.
I am looking forward to the new innovations and starting a third decade of computing enjoyment that is using OpenBSD.