Funded contract: 2016-2017


October 12, 2016 posted by William J. Coldwell

Greetings,


The NetBSD Foundation has initiated a contract with Kamil Rytarowski
 to complete the following during it:

   1.  Add missing interfaces in ptrace(2), mostly sync it with
       the FreeBSD capabilities, add ATF tests, add documentation.

   2.  Develop process plugin in LLDB based on the FreeBSD code in
       LLDB and make it functional (start passing at least some tests).

   3.  Revamp the process plugin in LLDB for new remote debugging
       capabilities (in order to get it accepted and merged upstream),
       pass more tests.

   4.  LLDB x86 support, pass more of the standard LLDB tests
       and import LLDB to the NetBSD base. Add some ATF LLDB basic
       functionality tests to the tree. The original tests are
       unreliable and generate false positives.

   5.  Develop missing features needed for .NET (POSIX robust
       mutexes), add ATF tests.

   6.  Develop missing features for VirtualBox as host, including
       needing sigevent(2) on par with POSIX and SIGEV_KEVENT, and
       other real-time AIO related interfaces as needed.

   7.  Port Apple's Swift programming language. Enhance .NET port to
       validate new interface and correct more issues as needed.

   8.  Improve VirtualBox host support. Make it build first by disabling
       missing features of providing empty facades for them.

   9.  Implement CDROM, floppy, NIC support for NetBSD in VBox as host.

  10.  Make VirtualBox runnable at least with a restricted feature set, ship
        it in pkgsrc, and submit it upstream.


The NetBSD Foundation will continue to work diligently with the
community to fund projects furthering specific key and quality
improvements to the NetBSD projects.  We have a list of projects at
http://wiki.netbsd.org/projects/ as well as welcome other proposals
to move our flag forward to next releases!

Thank you to Kamil for committing to it and we all look forward to it!

The NetBSD Foundation is a non-profit organization and welcomes any
donations to help us continue to fund projects and services to the
open-source community.  Please consider visiting the following URL,
and chip in what you can:

		http://netbsd.org/donations/#how-to-donate





			Submitted for The NetBSD Foundation,
				William J. Coldwell (billc@)
				President, Chairperson

20161012: edited to fix #10 to be the correct wording.
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The 2016-2017 NetBSD Foundation Board of Directors


October 06, 2016 posted by William J. Coldwell

Please join us in welcoming the new Directors to the NetBSD Foundation Board:

Michael van Elst, Taylor R. Campbell, Thomas Klausner

We'd like to sincerely thank the departing board members for their service during their term:

Matthew Sporleder, SAITOH Masanobu, Christos Zoulas

Christos will be remaining as Secretary and Treasurer for the Foundation.


Your 2016-2017 Directors of the Foundation are:
Erik Berls
Taylor R. Campbell
William J. Coldwell
Michael van Elst
Thomas Klausner
Jeremy C. Reed
S. P. Zeidler

The current office holders of the Foundation are:
President: William J. Coldwell
Vice President: Jeremy C. Reed
Secretary: Christos Zoulas
Treasurer: Christos Zoulas

Thank you to all of the developers that nominated and voted, the NomCom, the Voting Administrator and Voting Validator.

Respectfully submitted for the Board of Directors,
William J. Coldwell

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cdn.NetBSD.org and nycdn.NetBSD.org and fastly


July 05, 2016 posted by Matthew Sporleder

NetBSD is happy to announce a generous setup provided by Fastly to give us CDN services. We are live with cdn.NetBSD.org for downloading iso files, binary packages, and anything else that you would find on ftp.NetBSD.org.

nycdn is using nyftp.NetBSD.org as an origin so you can use it to download build snapshots and other useful stuff you would otherwise find on nyftp. (NetBSD-daily for example)


We have already changed some default download links (downloads and pkgsrc) and some pkgsrc files, so you might already be using the cdn without knowing it.

You can also change your PKG_PATH from ftp://ftp.netbsd.org to http://cdn.netbsd.org

HTTPS also works, but not IPv6


If you are not familiar, a CDN is a globally distributed set of caching proxy servers which makes downloading files faster when they are hot in the cache.

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In Memoriam: Ian Murdock, Founder of Debian


January 03, 2016 posted by William J. Coldwell

NetBSD would like to express our condolences on the passing of Ian Murdock.

He was one of the pillars of open-source software development and distribution, contributing much to the community as a whole. As is the nature of open-source software, ideas and processes are shared, intertwined, and constantly evolving as they are passed back and forth between projects.

We respect, and are grateful for what Ian did during his career.

Regards,
The NetBSD Foundation and developers
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NetBSD's Google Summer of Code™ Projects 2013


May 28, 2013 posted by S.P.Zeidler

The following projects have been chosen for Google Summer of Code™ this year (sorted by student's last name):
  • Port Linux's drm/kms/gem/i915
  • Student: Myron Aub
  • System upgrade
  • Student: gnrp
  • Implement file system flags to scrub data blocks before deletion
  • Student: Przemyslaw Sierocinski
  • Make NetBSD a supported guest OS under VirtualBox
  • Student: Haomai Wang
  • Defragmentation for FFS in NetBSD
  • Student: Manuel Wiesinger

We hope these students will have an interesting, successful, and also fun summer working with us, heap glory upon their names and do their mentors proud. :)

We thank all students who discussed and submitted proposals; as in every year, slots are limited and we have to let go worthy proposals. [2 comments]

 

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:

  • http://www.NetBSD.org
  • http://www.pkgsrc.org
  • ftp://ftp.NetBSD.org, also available as http://ftp.NetBSD.org
  • ssh://anoncvs.NetBSD.org, also available as pserver://anoncvs.NetBSD.org
  • http://blog.NetBSD.org
  • http://wiki.NetBSD.org
  • Please visit the World IPv6 Launch site at:
  • http://www.worldipv6launch.org
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    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]

     

    GSoC 2011 roundup: Add kqueue support to GIO


    October 14, 2011 posted by Julio Merino

    As the Google Summer of Code 2011 (GSoC 2011) program concludes, we will be running a series of articles detailing the results of the projects mentored by The NetBSD Foundation.

    Today's turn is the summary of Dmitry Matveev's project, "Add kqueue support to GIO", for which I was the mentor.

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    Request for project specs to remove the big network lock


    September 13, 2011 posted by Julio Merino

    The Board of Directors is interested in improving the performance of the networking subsystem of the NetBSD kernel on multiprocessor machines. To help people interested in working towards this goal, the board is willing to fund related projects.

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    Core group composition change


    July 13, 2011 posted by S.P.Zeidler

    The directors of the NetBSD Foundation and the Core group wish to welcome Alan Barrett as new member of the Core group.

    He is replacing Antti Kantee; our sincerest thanks to Antti for all his efforts during his core tenure, specially for pushing through the tiered port support model and for making bug bounties a reality.

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    libcxxrt C++ runtime now available under BSD license


    May 30, 2011 posted by S.P.Zeidler

    The FreeBSD Foundation and the NetBSD Foundation have acquired a non-exclusive copyright license to the libcxxrt C++ runtime software from PathScale, a leader in high performance Fortran, C, and C++ compiler products for AMD64, Intel64, and MIPS. This software is an implementation of the C++ Application Binary Interface originally developed for Itanium and now used for the x86 family by BSD operating systems. Libcxxrt will be available under the 2-clause BSD license.

    Read the press release for details.

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    Interview with a NetBSD developer: today, Amitai Schlair, aka schmonz@


    December 08, 2010 posted by Guillaume Lasmayous

    A few months after Thomas Klausner's interview, please welcome today Amitai, better known as schmonz@.
    NetBSDfr: For those of our readers that don't know you, can you introduce
    yourself briefly ?
    I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. Both at school and at home, my childhood computing skewed Appleward. The exception was Texas Instruments graphing calculators. By the end of high school, I had a nearly complete set.

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