NetBSD 6.1 Release Candidate 1


February 22, 2013 posted by Jeff Rizzo

The first release candidate of NetBSD 6.1 is now available for download at: http://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-6.1_RC1/

NetBSD 6.1 will be the first feature update for the NetBSD 6 branch. There are many new drivers, some new features, and many bug fixes! Highlights include:

  • Bugfixes and feature improvements to NPF, the NetBSD Packet Filter
  • Improvements to several ARM platforms, including Raspberry Pi which now has nearly-complete support.
  • Support for dtrace on amd64
  • MIPS ports switched to gdb 7.3.1, gdb6 removed
  • Additional device support in key drivers including wm(4), uftdi(4), mfi(4), bge(4), aac(4), tlp(4) and others.
  • Various port-specific improvements to the amiga, arm, sparc64 and x68k ports.

A complete list of changes can be found at:
http://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-6.1_RC1/CHANGES-6.1

Please help us test this and any upcoming release candidates as much as possible. Remember, any feedback is good feedback. We'd love to hear from you, whether you've got a complaint or a compliment.

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Mediator 4000 now supported


January 29, 2013 posted by Blog Import

Family of ELBOX Mediator 4000 PCI bridges is now supported by the new em4k(4) driver. It was tested successfully with SATALink 3114 and NE2000-compatible ethernet cards. Work on graphics cards support is in progress. [0 comments]

 

Software controlled power-off


January 28, 2013 posted by Blog Import

The new empm(4) driver adds support for power management circuit on ELBOX Mediator 1200 TX and SX models. It allows powering off the Amiga from software if ATX PSU is used. [0 comments]

 

(luna68k) Native bootloader


January 05, 2013 posted by Blog Import

Native bootloader support for NetBSD/luna68k ELF kernel has been committed. It's based on 4.4BSD/luna68k's "Stinger" bootloader written back in 1992 and 1993, and now we can load NetBSD/luna68k kernels from any SCSI disks or over LANCE Ethernet both on LUNA-I and LUNA-II. [0 comments]

 

NetBSD 6.0.1 released


December 26, 2012 posted by Jeff Rizzo

The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 6.0.1, the first security/bugfix update of the NetBSD 6.0 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons.

For more details, please see the 6.0.1 release notes

Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 6.0.1 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/. [0 comments]

 

NetBSD binary kernel modules usable on Linux in rump kernels


December 13, 2012 posted by Antti Kantee

Some years ago I wrote about the possibility to load and use standard NetBSD kernel modules in rump kernels on i386 and amd64. With the recent developments in buildrump.sh and the improved ability to host rump kernels on non-NetBSD platforms, I decided to try loading a binary NetBSD kernel module into a rump kernel compiled for and running on Linux. The hypothesis was that the NetBSD kernel modules should just work since both the NetBSD kernel and Linux processes use the ELF calling convention, and all platform details are abstracted by the rump kernel hypercall layer. Sure enough, after two small fixes to the hypervisor I could mount and access a FFS file system on Linux by using ffs.kmod as the driver.

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gnats, mail-index outage


December 06, 2012 posted by S.P.Zeidler

The machine normally running www.NetBSD.org and also gnats and mail-index.NetBSD.org had a hardware problem. It is now working again on a new chassis. [0 comments]

 

NetBSD 5.2 Released!


December 03, 2012 posted by Jeff Rizzo

The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that version 5.2 of the NetBSD operating system is now available. NetBSD 5.2 is the second feature update of the NetBSD 5.0 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed critical for security or stability reasons, as well as new features and enhancements. Users running NetBSD 5.0.3 or earlier are encouraged to upgrade to either NetBSD 5.2 or NetBSD 6.0, depending upon their specific requirements.

For full details of the 5.2 release, please see the NetBSD 5.2 release notes.

Please note that all fixes in security/critical updates (i.e., NetBSD 5.0.2, 5.1.2, etc.) are cumulative, so the latest update contains all such fixes since the corresponding minor release. These fixes will also appear in future minor releases (i.e., NetBSD 5.3, etc.), together with other less-critical fixes and feature enhancements.

Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 5.2 are available for download at many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing FTP, HTTP, AnonCVS, SUP, and other services may be found at http://www.NetBSD.org/mirrors/. We encourage users who wish to install via ISO images to download via BitTorrent by using the torrent files supplied in the ISO image area. A list of hashes for the NetBSD 5.2 distribution has been signed with the well-connected PGP key for the NetBSD Security Officer: http://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/NetBSD/security/hashes/NetBSD-5.2_hashes.asc

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Support for swap on Zorro III RAM boards added


November 26, 2012 posted by Blog Import

The new z3rambd(4) driver allows using Zorro III RAM boards (like ZorRAM and BigRamPlus) as swap space. If the kernel is built without this driver, it is also possible to use these boards as normal RAM memory in some configurations (which was the usual behaviour). However, it might have performance consequences, it is advised to use Zorro III RAM as swap space where possible. [0 comments]

 

X-Surf IDE support added


November 19, 2012 posted by Blog Import

The xsurf(4) driver was extended to support IDE controller present on Individual Computers X-Surf cards. [0 comments]

 

NetBSD 5.2_RC1


November 14, 2012 posted by Jeff Rizzo

The first release candidate of NetBSD 5.2 is now available for download at: http://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-5.2_RC1/

NetBSD 5.2 is intended for those who have an application using NetBSD 5.0.x or 5.1.x who don't want the churn of upgrading to NetBSD 6.0, but would like bug fixes and some stable new features. There have been a number of changes since 5.1. See src/doc/CHANGES-5.2 for the full list.

Those of you who prefer to build from source can continue to follow the netbsd-5 branch, but the netbsd-5-2-RC1 tag is available as well.

Please help us test this and any upcoming release candidates as much as possible. Remember, any feedback is good feedback. We'd love to hear from you, whether you've got a complaint or a compliment.

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A2000-style RTC driver rewritten


November 14, 2012 posted by Blog Import

The driver for A2000-style Real Time Clock modules (popular also on A1200 CPU cards) had bit-rotted so far as to be useless. It was rewritten as machine-independent msm6242b(4) driver, with amiga-specific frontend under old a2kbbc(4) name. [0 comments]