OpenBSD is an excellent OS, you should definitely give it a go.
Originally Posted by jaakkop
I'm considering on installing OpenBSD, but before doing that, I need to know if I should use ports instead of packages.
There is a few software in -current ports that I need, like irssi 0.8.10a. 3.9 provides a package of irssi-0.8.9 but I definately need irssi-0.8.10. Should I fetch the ports or should I just get the sources and build the software manually?
Sorry about this question. I'm really confused.
As has already been said, this is essentially a matter of personal choice although OpenBSD do recommend you use the pre-compiled Packages. I do use ports though.
However, what you do need to know is that you cannot
use the ports tree from -current
on OpenBSD 3.9. The ports tree has a version to go with each release, so if you want to use the -current ports tree, you also need to be running OpenBSD-current. I do this and find it's not a problem, even -current is very stable.