Having read most of the debate at G+, I think that the OpenBSD folks do have a point in that OpenBSD is a very good platform for building a network security appliance, since its development / innovation in recent years is mostly focused on the networking subsystems: PF, CARP, OpenBGP, pfsync, etc.
I'm sure it is, and I never said it wasn't. If people want to go the OpenBSD, command-line and config file maintenance route, that's up to them and that's fine by me. Choice is good.
They don't seem to think so. It seems they believe anything which doesn't conform to their idea of what an OS is, what security is, and how you should use it is wrong.
Oh, and I've known a few hardcore OpenBSD fans myself over the years and they are mostly reasonable people. In fact, in my experience, if they progress in real-world IT beyond being a sys-admin or lone developer, they soften their stance considerably or even change their minds completely.
Anyway, I'm pleased to say that none of these guys are in my G+ circles, and one of them is specifically banned. They only saw my comments because I commented on Randy's IPv6 post. On G+ all comments against a post are seen by anyone who has the OP in their circles.
In fact originally only one person saw it, but he then alerted his troll mates (who weren't in Randy's circles, and wouldn't have seen the original post Randy made) and got them to come and hijack the thread.
The nice thing about G+ is I can mute the post, and block anyone I really don't want to deal with in the future.
Thanks, guys, for letting me get this off my chest.