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

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

Have fun!




Does NetBSD come with a gui installer?

Posted by sec on November 19, 2010 at 07:09 PM UTC #

The common installer is curses. Do you require pink ponies? :)

Posted by S.P.Zeidler on November 20, 2010 at 11:04 AM UTC #

@ sec, I am with you on the GUI installer, I am a Netbsd newbie, if you are accustomed like me to using the very easy Linux graphical installers, the hardest part will be the partitioning but it is quite straightforward. Don't let the lack of a GUI installer put you off from giving Netbsd a try. Alternatively try the Jibbed Live CD. Regards, John

Posted by J.Boyd on November 20, 2010 at 12:22 PM UTC #

S.P.Zeidler, why do you try to be witty at any rate? Many *nix like systems come with a GUI installer these days. Sec only asked, and I am sure, you could do with a more polite reply, If you consider a graphical installer a stupidity, as your remark suggests, it is your point, and nobody will stop you from that, but you do not have to force that oppinion to the others - especially when they do not ask you about it.

Posted by kolaloka on November 21, 2010 at 05:41 PM UTC #

I also found the comment put me off. It wasn't so much a witty comment as a disparaging one. Why go out of your way to drive potential Netbsd users away? You should have taken a minute to describe the installation process, unless it actually is your intention to persuade people not to try Netbsd. Seems so.

Posted by GWbridge on November 21, 2010 at 06:19 PM UTC #

For several years I used polished Linux distros like Ubuntu or SUSE. But then I switched to NetBSD and it helped me finally to study what is UNIX, I mean to study the internals. I did not need deep knowledge of the OS internals when I used Ubuntu, but I had to start acquiring such knowledge when I switched to NetBSD. The manual is excellent!!! Thank you NetBSD team for study opportunity. Your project helps people to study UNIX and sure to use stable BSD.

Posted by Gvozdoder on November 22, 2010 at 10:01 AM UTC #

About the GUI installer: some might argue that the curses installer is indeed a GUI installer ;) But seriously, there's live NetBSD systems out there that give you a more polished look and feel to the installation. And then there's the NetBSD curses based installer, which does a pretty good job. To get an idea of how it looks, have a look at the screenshot series in the installing chapter of the NetBSD guide:

Posted by Martin Weber on November 23, 2010 at 02:43 AM UTC #

How can i quickly upgrade from 5.0?

Posted by Dmitry on November 23, 2010 at 02:16 PM UTC #

1) get release sets for your platform from your local mirror as linked above - don't download xsets if you don't plan on using these 2) rename etc.tgz to e.g. etc.tar.gz 3) unpack your new kernel, move the old one aside (/onetbsd e.g.), install the new kernel into place (just cp it over) 4) reboot to single-user 5) (bourne/korn syntax) do e.g. : cd /path/to/release/sets ; p=${PWD}; for i in *tgz; do cd / && progress -p ${i%.tgz} -zf $p/$i tar -xepf - ; done ; 6) env TERM=wsvt25 etcupdate -s etc.tar.gz - follow onscreen merging process. 7) likely run postinstall as suggested by etcupdate 8) exit (to continue booting to multi-user) 9) *plopp* you've earned yourself a beer. That's about true for installing any netbsd version btw...

Posted by Martin S Weber on November 23, 2010 at 04:20 PM UTC #

For kolaloka and sec: Why do you require graphical installation environment, where is the bonus? (the "Many *nix like systems come with a GUI installer these days." is not appropriate answer)

Posted by www on November 26, 2010 at 12:22 AM UTC #

@kolaloka I'm sorry my reply came across as impolite; I guess "I want Pink Ponies!" is not a recognized silly phrase where you are. NetBSD has an installer that gives you guidance, and the difference between that and what is commonly referrred to as GUI is graphics, ie pictures. The question, thus, was: do you care about the functionality or how glitzy it looks? IME, some installers look very pretty but don't actually make installing a system easier. I'd rather have something that doesn't look so sleek but provides good guidance and also works across a serial console.

Posted by S.P.Zeidler on December 01, 2010 at 08:54 PM UTC #

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