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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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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End of Life for 4.x on November 17


October 27, 2012 posted by Jeff Rizzo

With the release of NetBSD 6.0, we bid a fond farewell to older releases, the NetBSD 4.x series. While we have many plans for active support of the most recent (6.x) and next most recent (5.x) release branches, 4.x is coming to the end of its supported life. As of November 17, one month after the 6.0 release, the following branches will no longer be maintained:
  • netbsd-4-0
  • netbsd-4
This means:
  • There will be no more pullups to the branches (even for security issues)
  • There will be no security advisories made for any of the 4.x releases
  • The existing 4.x releases on ftp.NetBSD.org will be moved into /pub/NetBSD-archive/

We are giving these remaining few weeks of support to give people time to migrate their machines to the newer release. We may choose to issue security advisories and/or release patches if a security issue should arise before November 17.

Here's hoping NetBSD 6 serves you as well as, or preferably better than, NetBSD 4 did!

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Proudly announcing NetBSD 6.0!


October 17, 2012 posted by Jeff Rizzo

The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 6.0, the fourteenth major release of the NetBSD operating system. Changes from the previous release include scalability improvements on multi-core systems, many new and updated device drivers, Xen and MIPS port improvements, and brand new features such as a new packet filter.

NetBSD 6.0 is dedicated to the memory of Allen Briggs, who passed away in March 2012.

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Announcing Release Candidate 2 for NetBSD 6.0


September 21, 2012 posted by Jeff Rizzo

NetBSD 6.0 release candidate 2 is out!

Binaries of NetBSD 6.0_RC2 are available for download at:

ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-6.0_RC2/

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.

Please read the entire article for fixes

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Announcing Release Candidate 1 for NetBSD 6.0


August 31, 2012 posted by Jeff Rizzo

On behalf of NetBSD developers, I'm happy to announce the availability of the first release candidate of NetBSD 6.0.

Binaries of NetBSD 6.0_RC1 are available for download at:

ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-6.0_RC1/

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.

Fixes since NetBSD 6.0_BETA2

Thanks to tremendous testing support from the community, we are very pleased with the state of this release candidate. A number of improvements and fixes have been made since NetBSD 6.0_BETA2. Here's a sampling:

  • Fixed bugs in iscsid target handling and with large writes to iscsi devices
  • Fixed some amd64 trap-handling issues
  • Lots of fixes and improvements for npf(4)
  • Renamed wake(8) to wakeonlan(8)
  • Pass "boothowto" from the bootloader to the kernel on sparc/sparc64
  • various PUFFS/libperfuse fixes in support of glusterfs on NetBSD
  • Update BIND to 9.9.1-P2 to address CVE-2012-1667, CVE-2012-3817 and CVE-2012-3868
  • Build SQLite with SQLITE_ENABLE_COLUMN_DATA to address PR/46322
  • Fix bootstrapping the build system on some Linux distributions
  • Enable wsfb X server on vax
  • Prevent a crash when mmap()ing a block device. PR/38889
  • Sort vif and vbd device IDs on Xen so attach order is consistent
  • Make xf86-video-intel and i915drm driver work on some Atom + GMA3150 graphics chipsets
  • Update Postfix to version 2.8.11
  • Add urtw(4) and urtwn(4) wireless drivers
  • Switch device database and terminfo database to cdb(5)
  • Fixed the first-stage bootloader for Soekris net4801 PR/46027
  • Fixed a gcc bug: setjmp vs. unchanged register values PR/45837
  • Make all ttyE* entries use the wsvt25 term type PR/10127
  • Fix a bad interaction between ps(1) and ptyfs(4) PR/40813
  • Use HOST_SH instead of sh for MAKEDEV for cross builds PR/46537
  • Add support for Intel I350 Ethernet to the wm(4) driver
  • Fix several critical bugs in the x68k port
  • Remove wrong claims in md5(1) PR/44160
  • Support rc_directories in rc.shutdown PR/46601
  • Stop routed(8) from losing kernel routes PR/44647
  • Fix lack of carrier on hme(4) on some sparc64 machines PR/46424
  • Fix a panic triggered by ktrace -p PR/46591
  • Avoid failing upgrades due to spurious errors PR/12020
  • Use 32KB/4KB for default block/fragment size on >= 128 GB partitions PR/46629
  • Fix gem(4) recovery after a receiver overflow PR/46260
  • Improved support for disk "wedges"
  • Fix a crash that can happen transferring large blocks over a network. PR/43240
  • Improve linux32 compat
  • Changed root's default shell to /bin/sh
  • Fixed issues booting from CD-ROM on some i386 and amd64 systems
  • Update to tzdata2012e
  • Avoid sending bad RA packets with rtadvd(8) PR/46580
  • Fix calling setroot(9) twice PR/46732
  • Add initial support for the RaspberryPI, sufficient to boot multiuser and access the gpio header pins via serial console, but no USB or network support yet
  • Fix cc -fpie on sparc and sparc64 PR/46724
  • Don't create BSD-style pty nodes by default, since ptyfs is mounted by default.
  • Update OpenSSL to version 1.0.1c with AES-NI patch.
  • Switch off DIAGNOSTIC and/or DEBUG on release kernels
  • Fix problem with mmap and program exit PR/46807
  • Don't panic when shutting down a bridge(4) PR/46587
  • Fix locale issues in static binaries PR/46781
  • Make a number of USB memory sticks and SD card readers work which were not usable before.

Please continue to report problems and to help us test!

Known Issues

There are a small number of known issues which we expect to have fixed before the release. These fixes may require a second release candidate:

  • The OpenSSL update caused the major number of some libraries to be bumped; some software which uses these libraries may need to be recompiled from NetBSD 6.0_BETA2 and earlier, or binary packages may need to be reinstalled.
  • The vax port has a shared library problem and is not bootable in NetBSD 6.0_RC1.
  • ntpd(4) broadcast operation is not working
  • A panic can happen when an nfs rename operation fails
  • The i386 port may not boot correctly on a 486 system
  • A kernel with options DIAGNOSTICmay panic if an isp(4) card is installed
  • Xen: an amd64 DOM0 can not start X11 PR/46634

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:

http://www.netbsd.org/cgi-bin/sendpr.cgi?gndb=netbsd

Thanks again for your help in making NetBSD 6.0 the best release yet!

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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:

ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-6.0_BETA2/

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:

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NetBSD 6.0_BETA binaries available for testing


March 13, 2012 posted by Jeff Rizzo

On behalf of NetBSD developers, I'm happy to announce the availability of a public beta of NetBSD 6.0, for your testing pleasure.

This beta is substantially feature-complete; there may be some additional changes to the installer and possibly some additional hardware support if some is found missing and is easily added, but the major changes are done. What we need now is for you, the end users, to test it in your preferred configuration.

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NetBSD 5.1.2 released


February 11, 2012 posted by Soren Jacobsen

On behalf of the NetBSD developers, I am pleased to announce that NetBSD 5.1.2 is now available for download. NetBSD 5.1.2 is the second critical/security update of the NetBSD 5.1 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed critical for security or stability reasons. All users are encouraged to upgrade.

For full details, please see the 5.1.2 release notes.

To download 5.1.2, see http://www.NetBSD.org/mirrors/.

NetBSD 5.1.2 is dedicated to the memory of Yoshihiro Masuda, who passed away in May 2011. He was a spiritual pillar of the BSD community in Japan. Through an impressive number of books and articles on BSD, he gave courage to BSD developers. We remember his passion and deep love for BSD.

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Plan and funding of SMP Networking projects


November 25, 2011 posted by Julio Merino

On September 13th, 2011, the Board of Directors posted a news item requesting project specifications to get rid of the big kernel lock surrounding the networking code. Unfortunately, nobody has taken advantage of the offer and, therefore, the Board has not received any applications to this date.

In order to lower the entry barrier, the Board has prepared a set of smaller project proposals that, in aggregate, help in achieving the goal of making the networking stack suitable for SMP systems. Please note that these projects cover a very wide range of topics: there are projects whose only purpose is to add new data structures to the kernel, while others involve refactoring parts of the existing code to make adding locking easier.

The list of projects for funding and the tentative plan can be found in the new SMP Networking project page.

All of the individual projects that can help in achieving the goal of SMP Networking are suitable for funding. If you are interested in applying for any of them, please contact board@ and core@ directly. The project application how-to may be of help.

Thank you.

Julio Merino,
On behalf of the Board of Directors

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NetBSD 5.1


November 19, 2010 posted by Soren Jacobsen

NetBSD 5.1 is now available for download. NetBSD 5.1 is the first feature update of the NetBSD 5.0 release branch. It includes security and bug fixes, as well as improved hardware support and new features.

Some highlights include:

  • RAIDframe parity maps, which greatly improve parity rewrite times after unclean shutdown
  • X.Org updates
  • Support for many more network devices
  • Xen PAE dom0 support
  • Xen PCI pass-through support

For more details, please see the release notes at http://www.NetBSD.org/releases/formal-5/NetBSD-5.1.html.

Grab NetBSD 5.1 from your local mirror, or grab a torrent.

Have fun!

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NetBSD 5.1_RC4


September 27, 2010 posted by Soren Jacobsen

The fourth (failing further faults, final) release candidate of NetBSD 5.1 is now available for download at:

http://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-5.1_RC4/

Those of you who prefer to build from source can continue to follow the netbsd-5 branch, but the netbsd-5-1-RC4 tag is available as well.

See src/doc/CHANGES-5.1 for the list of changes from RC3 to RC4.

Please help us test this release candidate 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. That said, we hope your feedback is positive, as we would like this to be the final release candidate before 5.1.

Enjoy!

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