And in keeping with this, the logo for the release (below, left) has a vague resemblance to the famous cover of the Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP.
It is normal for one song, an adaptation of a popular theme, to accompany every release.
The project was founded by Canada-based South African developer Theo de Raadt, as a fork from the NetBSD project. These two BSDs, along with the well-known FreeBSD, are all based on the original BSD developed by Bill Joy.
The four songs which accompany version 5.8 are based on Twenty years ago today, So much better, and A year in the life, while the fourth, named Fanza has no lyrics and is an original composition.
"It wasn't terribly long before David Miller, Chuck Cranor and Niklas Hallqvist were committing... then more people showed up.
"The first developments were improvements to 32-bit sparc.
"Chuck and I also worked on setting up the first 'anoncvs' to make sure no-one was ever cut out from 'the language of diffs' again. I guess that was the precursor for the github concept these days :-). People forget, but even FSF was a walled garden at the time, throwing tar files with vague logs over the wall every couple months.
"I was lucky to have one of the few 64Kbit ISDN links in town, otherwise this would not have happened. My desktop was a Sparcstation 10; the third machine I had was a very slow 386.
"The project is now at approximately 322,000 commits, 44 commits/day average and approximately 356 hackers through the years."
OpenBSD is a UNIX-like operating system that has a very good reputation for security; it runs some of the websites with the longest uptimes. The project also produces a version of SSH which is used very widely, on all operating systems.