NetBSD 8.0 release process underway


June 06, 2017 posted by Soren Jacobsen

If you've been reading source-changes@, you likely noticed the recent creation of the netbsd-8 branch. If you haven't been reading source-changes@, here's some news: the netbsd-8 branch has been created, signaling the beginning of the release process for NetBSD 8.0.

We don't have a strict timeline for the 8.0 release, but things are looking pretty good at the moment, and we expect this release to happen in a shorter amount of time than the last couple major releases did.

At this point, we would love for folks to test out netbsd-8 and let us know how it goes. A couple of major improvements since 7.0 are the addition of USB 3 support and an overhaul of the audio subsystem, including an in-kernel mixer. Feedback about these areas is particularly desired.

To download the latest binaries built from the netbsd-8 branch, head to http://daily-builds.NetBSD.org/pub/NetBSD-daily/netbsd-8/

Thanks in advance for helping make NetBSD 8.0 a stellar release!

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NetBSD maintainer in the QEMU project


May 17, 2017 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

QEMU - the FAST! processor emulator - is a generic, Open Source, machine emulator and virtualizer. It defines state of the art in modern virtualization.

This software has been developed for multiplatform environments with support for NetBSD since virtually forever. It's the primary tool used by the NetBSD developers and release engineering team. It is run with continuous integration tests for daily commits and execute regression tests through the Automatic Test Framework (ATF).[Read More] [2 comments]

 

Announcing NetBSD and the Google Summer of Code Projects 2017


May 05, 2017 posted by Hubert Feyrer

We are very happy to announce that the selection process in this year's Summer of Code with its bargaining of slots and what student gets assigned to which project is over. As a result, the following students will take on their projects:

  • Leonardo Taccari will work add multi-packages support to pkgsrc.
  • Maya Rashish will work on the LFS cleanup.
  • Utkarsh Anand will make Anita support multiple virtual machine systems and more architectures within them to improve testing coverage.
What follows now is a community bonding period until May 30th, followed by a coding period over the summer (it's Summer of Code, after all :-)) until August 21st, evaluations, code submission and an announcement of the results on September 6th 2017.

Good luck to all our students and their mentors - we look forward to your work results, and welcome you to The NetBSD Project!

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New synchronization mechanism - localcount(9)


May 03, 2017 posted by Paul Goyette

A new localcount(9) reference-counting mechanism will soon be available to provide improved protection against having a device or driver "disappear" while it is being used. [Read More] [0 comments]

 

LLDB: NetBSD Process Plugin enhancements


May 02, 2017 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

Last month I have worked on features of the Process Plugin on NetBSD and support for threads in core(5) files.[Read More] [0 comments]

 

NetBSD: the first BSD introducing a modern process plugin framework in LLDB


April 04, 2017 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

A feature set for debugging NetBSD applications (without threads) has been merged with upstream LLDB! The number of passing tests this month has been increased from 267/1235 to 622/1247. This is +133% within one month and approximately 50% of successfully passed tests in total! As usual regular housekeeping of ptrace(2) interfaces has been done on the NetBSD side.[Read More] [0 comments]

 

NetBSD 7.1 released


March 15, 2017 posted by Soren Jacobsen

The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 7.1, the first feature update of the NetBSD 7 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons, as well as new features and enhancements.

Some highlights of NetBSD 7.1 are:

  • Support for Raspberry Pi Zero.
  • Initial DRM/KMS support for NVIDIA graphics cards via nouveau (Disabled by default. Uncomment nouveau and nouveaufb in your kernel config to test).
  • The addition of vioscsi, a driver for the Google Compute Engine disk.
  • Linux compatibility improvements, allowing, e.g., the use of Adobe Flash Player 24.
  • wm(4):
    • C2000 KX and 2.5G support.
    • Wake On Lan support.
    • 82575 and newer SERDES based systems now work.
  • ODROID-C1 Ethernet now works.
  • Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements.

For more details, please see the release notes.

Complete source and binaries for NetBSD are available for download at many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing FTP, AnonCVS, SUP, and other services may be found at http://www.NetBSD.org/mirrors/.

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ptrace(2) tasks segment finished


March 01, 2017 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

During this month I've finished the needed work in the base distribution in order to host fully featured LLDB. Currently the ptrace(2) interfaces in NetBSD are, in terms of features, closely related to FreeBSD and Linux. There are only few bugs left with filed Problem Reports and alerting regression tests, however they do not interfere with the needed functions to move the port of the debugger forward.[Read More] [0 comments]

 

NetBSD 7.1_RC2 available


February 24, 2017 posted by Soren Jacobsen

NetBSD 7.1_RC2 is now available, bringing numerous security fixes.[Read More] [1 comment]

 

NetBSD fully reproducible builds


February 20, 2017 posted by Christos Zoulas

Today (2017-02-20) NetBSD got our first reproducible build on the debian build farm. Here's a short description how we got here, what implementation choices we made, and what we had to fix.[Read More] [4 comments]

 

The first patch-bulk upstreamed to LLDB


February 14, 2017 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

The LLVM project is a quickly moving target, this also applies to the LLVM debugger -- LLDB. It's actively used in several first-class operating systems, while - thanks to my spare time dedication - NetBSD joined the LLDB club in 2014, only lately the native support has been substantially improved and the feature set is quickly approaching the support level of Linux and FreeBSD. During this work 12 patches were committed to upstream, 12 patches were submitted to review, 11 new ATF were tests added, 2 NetBSD bugs filed and several dozens of commits were introduced in pkgsrc-wip, reducing the local patch set to mostly Native Process Plugin for NetBSD.[Read More] [0 comments]

 

Firefox 51 on sparc64 - we did not hit the wall yet


February 08, 2017 posted by Martin Husemann

Keeping a current firefox working is a tough task. All NetBSD architectures are "tier 3" from the Mozilla foundations point of view.

Onodera-san (who does most of the pkgsrc work for mozilla based pkgs - and others) does a great job.

And on "strange" architectures like sparc64 it is even worse...

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