Official emBSD FAQ
emBSD is a stripped down version of OpenBSD. The concept for emBSD is
a small foot print operating system for x86 (or other) hardware to use
as little hard disk space as possible yet provide a fully functional
Routing Firewall. The main driving force behind this concept is to not
use a hard disk drive at all, but use off the shelf Compact Flash
What is emBSD ?
emBSD is a very small system designed for specific
purposes. The OpenBSD team works aggressively to audit each line of
code in their system for security risks. Instead of reinventing the
wheel, we use a stripped down base of their audited code. emBSD is not
currently a server base OS. It is simply made to filter, control, and
forward traffic within your organization. The kernel has been
optimized specifically for handling large flows of traffic as well as
providing extra interfaces for migrating to IPv6. An optimal emBSD
system will not have moving disks inside to potentially fail.
Solid-state disks are employed on the majority of our critical
Why another BSD ? There already picoBSD which is small, no ?
The latest release is emBSD-1.0. It was released Wed,
28 Mar 2001 08:41:55 -0500 (EST).
That is the latest emBSD release ?
You can grab the necessary install files from
Download Release 1.1
Where can I download emBSD ?
Are there any emBSD mirror sites ?
emBSD is currently only provided for Intel x86-based architectures,
but future releases will track all platforms supported by OpenBSD.
What hardware architectures does emBSD run on ?
The primary developers are Ken Rice and Truman Boyes.
Who is working on emBSD ?
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