World IPv6 Launch

June 06, 2012 posted by Mike M. Volokhov

Less than a year ago the Internet Society took leadership in organizing the World IPv6 Day, which was enthusiastically supported by many companies and organizations around the world. And now the world is switching to IPv6 again. This time forever.

Major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by 6 June 2012.

The NetBSD Project warmly supports this initiative and is fully ready for the new and shiny IPv6 world.

KAME IPv6 code was merged into NetBSD in June 1999, and is part of NetBSD. Since then, the GENERIC kernel configuration enables IPv6 support by default for most of the architectures (ports). Userland code includes IPv6 support where possible, by default, so no rebuild of userland is necessary even if you switch between an IPv4-only kernel and an IPv4/v6 kernel. The pkgsrc packages collection is also offering IPv6 support for many packages, making it optional where applicable.

Today NetBSD is known as source for a feature-rich mature IPv6 code base, which makes it attractive for networking applications as well as development.

The major Internet resources of the NetBSD Project are directly available via IPv6 through direct names (and have been for years, thanks to our providers). Please visit us at:

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  • ssh://, also available as pserver://
  • Please visit the World IPv6 Launch site at:


    Start your week with meeting NetBSD

    May 28, 2012 posted by Mike M. Volokhov

    After weekend, on Monday, I usually warming myself up. It's always good to read an interesting article or meet eminent people to set a pitch for the week. This week such a reading was from Billy Toulas of the, popular Unix/Linux online magazine who just interviewed Martin Husemann.

    Martin is one of those people with whom the NetBSD Project is strongly associated. He's former member of the NetBSD Board, and today is acting as sparc64 Portmaster and as part of NetBSD Security and Release Engineering teams. But don't be confused with all those loud names — Martin is very friendly man who fantastically can explain complex things.

    The reading is interesting and long, and contains a number of amusing little know facts, so take a big popcorn pack, or start over NetBSD 6.0 BETA2 (just as I did) and enjoy the interview. [0 comments]


    NetBSD 6.0_BETA2 binaries available for testing

    May 26, 2012 posted by Jeff Rizzo

    On behalf of NetBSD developers, I'm happy to announce the availability of the second (and final) public beta of NetBSD 6.0, for testing.

    Binaries of NetBSD 6.0_BETA2 are available for download at:

    ISO images and (for amd64 and i386) images suitable for installing from USB sticks or other hard drives, and torrent files for downloading via BitTorrent are also available, as well as Amazon EC2 machine images and .xva files for use with Citrix XenServer and Xen Cloud Platform.

    We are very pleased with the state of NetBSD 6.0_BETA2. With your help, we have made improvements since NetBSD 6.0_BETA. A sampling:

    Please continue to report problems and to help us test! We anticipate the first Release Candidate of NetBSD 6.0 in late June/early July.

    As always, please help us out by testing these changes and reporting problems either to an appropriate mailing list, via send-pr, or via the web form: Thanks again for your help in making NetBSD 6.0 the best release yet! [2 comments]


    Updated X-Surf driver

    May 15, 2012 posted by Blog Import

    The new, reworked xsurf(4) driver features support for two clockports present on X-Surf card (in addition to already supported NE2000 ethernet). [0 comments]


    XM6i ver 0.35

    May 01, 2012 posted by Blog Import

    XM6i version 0.35 has been released. Added Mac OS X 10.7 support. [0 comments]


    PSX16550 now uses MI com driver

    April 29, 2012 posted by Blog Import

    PSX16550 fast serial board driver has been switched to using MI com(4) driver. See announcement on port-x68k mailing list for details. [0 comments]


    NetBSD's Google Summer of Code™ Projects 2012

    April 24, 2012 posted by S.P.Zeidler

    The following projects have been chosen for Google Summer of Code™ this year (sorted by student's last name):
    • Socket option to timestamp UDP packets in the kernel
    • Student: Vlad Balan
    • TLS (HTTPS) support in net/tnftp
    • Student: Miklós HOMOLYA
    • Port ASan to NetBSD
    • Student: steve
    • Sysinst enhancements
    • Student: Eugene Lozovoy
    • HTree directory indexing for Ext3
    • Student: Vyacheslav Matyushin
    • NAT-PMP and/or UPnP IGD support for NPF; MiniUPnP integration
    • Student: Zoltan Arnold Nagy
    • NAT64/46 and NPTv6 integration with NPF
    • Student: mpp
    Students: thanks for your quality proposals. We're looking forward to quality projects. :) We hope you'll have an interesting, successful, and also fun summer working with us. [1 comment]


    KuroBox/T4 and TS-TGL support

    April 24, 2012 posted by Blog Import

    The KuroBox/T4 and the TeraStation Pro TS-TGL with their special miconV2 power management controller are now supported. [0 comments]


    Clockport support

    April 17, 2012 posted by Blog Import

    The NetBSD finally includes support for clockport-based expansions, thanks to the new clockport(4) layer and a1k2cp(4) backend driver. Also, as a proof of concept, SilverSurfer clockport-based serial port card is now supported by the MI com(4) driver. [0 comments]


    XM6i ver 0.34

    April 14, 2012 posted by Blog Import

    XM6i version 0.34 has been released. NE2000 network emulation using Windows TAP-Win32, MAC address configuration settings, extended memory (up to 1008MB) emulation, and some performance improvememts etc. [0 comments]


    Prettifying the NetBSD console

    April 01, 2012 posted by Michael Lorenz

    Over the last few months, many of NetBSD's graphical console drivers have gained the ability to use anti-aliased fonts. This was done mostly as a way to allow relatively easy access to a vast number of fonts, but they also look a lot better than plain monochrome fonts. With the genfb(4) driver this feature is available on almost all supported hardware which supports graphics. Some specialized drivers also support it (such as radeonfb(4), r128fb(4), voodoofb(4), ffb(4) and voyagerfb(4) ) and more are being added over time.

    In order to improve overall usability and to give NetBSD a more unified look across different platforms, we are going to use a single default font and colour scheme on all platforms. Since studies prove its superiour readability we are proud to announce that Microsoft has granted permission to use the Comic Sans font in all future NetBSD releases.




    New NetBSD flyers available

    March 18, 2012 posted by Benny Siegert

    For informing our peers about NetBSD, for distributing at a conference or meet-up, or simply as a concise introduction – new NetBSD flyers are now available at They are made to be printed on A4 paper and folded twice. English and German versions are provided.

    At the moment, there are three flyers: "What is NetBSD?" gives an overview about the project and the OS, while "Tips and Tricks for NetBSD newcomers" and "NetBSD for Newcomers – Switching from GNU/Linux" are more aimed at people who already know similar operating systems, particularly GNU/Linux, and want to know more about the differences between these systems and NetBSD.

    We are very grateful to Julian Fagir, who provided these flyers to the project.