News from the 5.0 front

March 21, 2009 posted by Soren Jacobsen

Today, on the 16th birthday of NetBSD, I have the pleasure of announcing the availability of NetBSD 5.0_RC3.

Below are some highlighted changes since RC2:

  • Considerable improvements to WAPBL.
  • Further X.Org refinements, including switching sgimips to X.Org.
  • Scheduler Activations support is now disabled by default in sysctl.conf.
  • ddb.onpanic is now set to 1 in the kernel by default, but 0 in sysctl.conf. This avoids trying to dump if a crash occurs during the install phase.
  • puffs is now enabled by default on amd64, i386, macppc, and sparc64.
  • SSP kernels should work again.
  • A handful of assorted stability improvements.

Those who are curious can find the full details in src/doc/CHANGES-5.0.

Binaries of 5.0_RC3 are available for download at

Users tracking the upcoming 5.0 release by source can either continue following the netbsd-5 branch or use the netbsd-5-0-RC3 tag.

[1 comment]



Happy 16th birthday NetBSD! Thanks a lot for puffs(4) enabled by default, mount_psshfs(8) is very very handy to share files and directories without configuring a lot of services.

Posted by leot on March 22, 2009 at 06:53 AM UTC #

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