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NetBSD Quarterly Status Report - 2004Q2

April - June 2004:

This is the second edition of the quarterly NetBSD Status Report,
covering the months April through June of 2004.  The two most
frequently asked questions we have received since the last status
report have all been related to either the Logo Contest or the release
of NetBSD 2.0.  We do not yet have precise dates for the next release,
and nor have we finalized a winner of the Logo Contest, but this
report addresses both these issues.  In addition, many other exciting
things have happened in the last three months.

The second quarter of 2004 within NetBSD in details:

	- NetBSD Logo Design Contest update
	- New Developers [20040701]
	- NetBSD Trademark application completed [20040426]

	- NetBSD 2.0 in Beta stage
	- Lehmanns BSD Collection DVD
	- New products based on NetBSD
	- Sun Grid Engine ported to NetBSD [20040503]
	- X11 config files moved to /etc [20040516]

	- xpkgwedge is now the default [20040404]
	- PkgsrcCon '04 [20040502]
	- New pkgsrc-bulk mailing list [20040503]
	- New pkgsrc-2004Q2 branch [20040618]

	- hp300: framebuffer attachment and APCI com problems fixed
	- hp700: current snapshots available [20040611]
	- sgimips: IP12 support in-tree [20040411]
	- sparc: SMP support for hyperSPARC [20040422]
	- sparc64:
	    - gdb fixed
	    - UltraSPARC III Hardware Donations Solicited [20040618]
	    - Booting from root on RAID 1 fixed [20040622]

	- Four Security Advisories released
	- PF imported into NetBSD [20040622]

	- statvfs implementation [20040421]
	- NetBSD sets Internet2 Land Speed World Record [20040503]
	- /dev/ptm and /dev/ptmx added [20040618]


NetBSD Logo Design Contest update

Earlier this year, the NetBSD Project announced an international
competition for the creation of a new logo.  After several hundred
entries have carefully been reviewed, the logo design competition has
now entered the final stage of judging.  Once a decision has been
made, the winner will be announced on our website -- we expect this to
happen by the end of the month.

At this time we would already like to thank the many submitters for
their time, creativity, and generosity for participating as well as
our users for their patience.

New Developers [20040701]

The NetBSD project is pleased to welcome the following new

* Adrian Portelli (login: adrianp), who will be working on the NetBSD
  Packages Collection.
* Ben Elliston (login: bje), who will be working on the toolchain.
* Brian Ginsbach (login: ginsbach), who will be working on libc_r.
* Stephen Mathew Rumble (login: rumble), who will be working on the
  sgimips port.
* John R. Shannon (login: shannonjr), who will be working on the
  NetBSD Packages Collection.

NetBSD trademark application completed [20040426]

The NetBSD Foundation is proud to announce that it has registered the
``NetBSD'' trademark.  The foundation would like to thank Jay
Michaelson (Wasabi Systems) for filing the application and providing
answers to the US Patent Office, and Carl Oppedahl (Oppedahl & Larson)
for giving advice and keeping the Foundation informed about the
process. An official policy on the use of the NetBSD trademark is
currently being drafted and will be made public soon.

The official information from the US Patent and Trademark Office can
be found at


NetBSD 2.0 in Beta stage

The release engineering process for the much anticipated upcoming 2.0
release of NetBSD was begun at the end of March.  The tentative
schedule has been revised several times since then and NetBSD 2.0 has
now reached Beta stage.  Currently there are still a handful of bugs
that need to be resolved before a first Release Candidate (ie
NetBSD-2.0_RC1) can be tagged.

If you would like to help us test the beta release, please follow the
instructions to checkout a specific branch of the source tree in the
chapter ``Fetching system and userland source'' of the NetBSD Guide

A more detailed status update of the release engineering process is
expected to be made by the Release Engineering team within the next
two weeks.

Lehmanns BSD Collection DVD

German bookshop JF Lehmanns is producing a Lehmanns BSD Collection DVD
containing install sets and precompiled binary packages of FreeBSD
5.2.1, NetBSD 1.6.2 and 2.0_BETA as well as OpenBSD 3.5 on a single
DVD. For NetBSD, the DVD contains 1.6.2 for all platforms (install
sets), 1.6.2/i386 binary packages as well as 2.0_BETA/i386 install
sets.  See for details.

New products based on NetBSD

Seclarity's SiNic Wireless card looks like other wireless LAN cards
but is actually a fully-contained, standalone Unix computer running
NetBSD. It can do 802.11 wavelan as well as many other fine things.
Refer to,aid,116613,00.asp for

SGI has announced their new NetBSD-based webcam "View Ranger".  See and
for details.

Hubert Feyrer has released version 1.16 of g4u (``ghost for unix''), a
NetBSD-based bootfloppy/CD-ROM that allows easy cloning of PC
harddisks to deploy a common setup on a number of PCs using FTP.  See for details.

Sun Grid Engine ported to NetBSD [20040503]

SGE (Sun Grid Engine) 5.3p6 now includes patches to run on NetBSD, and
Dan McMahill has created a package, which can be found in the
parallel/sge directory in pkgsrc.

``The Grid Engine project is an open source community effort to
facilitate the adoption of distributed computing solutions.  Sponsored
by Sun Microsystems and hosted by CollabNet, the Grid Engine project
provides enabling distributed resource management software for wide
ranging requirements from compute farms to grid computing.''

More information about SGE can be found at .

If you are interested in using SGE under NetBSD, please join the
tech-cluster mailing list and report your experience.

X11 config files moved to /etc [20040516]

Luke Mewburn has modified the x11 build from src/x11 so that end-user
configuration files are installed into /etc/X11 (instead of
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11).  This configuration is installed with the
'distribution' target to be consistent with other src/ builds.

See for


xpkgwedge is now the default [20040404]

As of April 4th 2004, ``xpkgwedge'' is now the default for pkgsrc.

Xpkgwedge, not a ``real'' program in the traditional sense, is a hack
that allows users to compile X11 pkgs from pkgsrc and install them
outside of the X11 tree - even if they use imake - by using pkgxmkmf.

Pkgxmkmf is a slightly modified xmkmf from the X11R6.3 release and
supports finding config files in ${LOCALBASE}/lib/X11/config, if it
exists, and in ${X11BASE}/lib/X11/config.  In all other respects, it
is identical to xmkmf.  Please refer to xmkmf(1) for more information.

Quoting Alistair Crooks's announcement on the tech-pkg mailing list
``This means that, by default, all new packages will install into
${LOCALBASE}, leaving ${X11BASE} untouched by package files.  The
prefix for existing packages should still be found automatically by
the pkgsrc software when it is being built.''

PkgsrcCon '04 [20040502]

pkgsrcCon '04, the first technical conference for people working on
the NetBSD Packages Collection (pkgsrc), focusing on existing
technologies, research projects, and works-in-progress in pkgsrc
infrastructure, was held from April 30 to May 2, 2004 in Vienna,

All participants agreed that the conference was a full success and
should be repeated next year.  Conference details, including most of
the papers and presentations given in Vienna are available at .  A full report written by Hubert Feyrer
was published in the DaemonNews Ezine at .

New pkgsrc-bulk mailing list [20040503]

A new public mailing list entitled ``pkgsrc-bulk'' has been created.
As the name suggests, this list receives reports and build logs of
pkgsrc bulk builds under NetBSD's various architectures as well as
under other operating systems.  Subscription is via Majordomo;  please
see for details.

Pkgsrc bulk builds are described in more detail at and in section
3.2 of Packages.txt, located in the root of the pkgsrc hierarchy.
They are used to automatically build all binary packages for the
entire pkgsrc tree and allow the NetBSD developers to pinpoint
problematic packages and shake out bugs in the pkgsrc infrastructure.

Pkgsrc bulk builds are now also possible under non-NetBSD platforms
and have been done for IRIX, IRIX64, Linux and SunOS.  Currently, the
majority of the other bulk builds are done under NetBSD/i386 and

New pkgsrc-2004Q2 branch [20040618]

In June of 2004, the pkgsrc repository was frozen in order to prepare
the release of a new stable pkgsrc branch, bearing the tag
``pkgsrc-2004Q2'', which was created after this two-week freeze.  This
means that old pkgsrc branch, pkgsrc-2004Q1, is no longer supported.
The new branch shall be supported until the release of the next
branch, planned for September 2004.

The pkgsrc-2004Q2 branch includes a total of 4724 packages in 40
categories and major features include KDE 3.2.3, GNOME 2.6.1, Mozilla
1.6, Apache 1.3.31 and 2.0.49, MySQL 4.0.18, PostgreSQL 7.4.2, Perl
5.8.4, PHP 4.3.6, Python 2.3.4, OpenOffice 1.1.1 as well as countless
buildlink3 conversions.  This branch will be part of the upcoming
NetBSD 2.0 release.


Due to the large number of supported platforms, this status report
will only point out the very significant changes to some of the ports.
For a full list of port-specific changes, please refer to and

hp300: framebuffer attachment and APCI com problems fixed [20040410]

A longstanding bug in console attachment functions is fixed, so that
now DIO based framebuffers (mostly used on HP4xx machines) can be used
as console again.  In addition, Izumi Tsutsui has committed fixes for
APCI,  and ITE console/HIL keyboard (not HP4xx specific).  Please see for

hp700: current snapshots available [20040611]

After Jochen Kunz's post to the port-hp700 mailing list on May 22nd
(, in
which he reports success of building NetBSD-current based snapshots
again, preliminary snapshots are now available for download and
testing from .

Furthermore, Chuck Silver has made some patches available that get the
hp700 port booting to multiuser and in a state stable enough to
compile tcsh, see his posting to the port-hp700 list for more
information.  Please see for

sgimips: IP12 support in-tree [20040411]

Antee Kantee has committed Steve Rumble's IP12 code, meaning that
4D/30, 4D/35, and Indigo R3k machines should be able to boot to
multiuser at least using a NFS root.  Please see his post to the
port-sgimips mailing list
( for

sparc: SMP support for hyperSPARC [20040422]

Paul Kranenburg has enabled support for multiple hyperSPARC CPUs in
models which support this CPU type.

sparc64: gdb fixed

A recent security fix broke gdb for (potentiall all) 64 bit archs.
Under sparc64 it has been completely unable to extract user stack
variables.  This has been fixed.

sparc64: UltraSPARC III Hardware Donations Solicited [20040618]

In order to make further improvements to the sparc64 port, we would
like to solicit donations for UltraSPARC III and III+ hardware. If
your company or an educational or research institute wants to buy or
has a spare system like a Sun Fire V210 dual 1GHz, fully equipped Sun
Fire 15000 or similar UltraSPARC III or III+ equipped desktop or
server machine, donating it to The NetBSD Foundation to support
operating system research would be very welcome.  Please see and for details.

sparc64: Booting from root on RAID 1 fixed [20040622]

A simple bug in the bootblock forth code has been fixed so now booting
from a root file system on a Raid Frame RAID 1 device is possible. The
setup is very easy: just follow the instructions outlined in the
NetBSD Guide (, ignoring
everything i386 specific like MBRs.


Four Security Advisories released

The NetBSD Security-Officer team released four security advisories in
the second quarter of 2004:

  Denial of service vulnerabilities in OpenSSL
  TCP protocol and implementation vulnerability
  Systrace systrace_exit() local root
  CVS server vulnerability

More information on previous Security Advisories is available at

PF imported into NetBSD [20040622]

Jun-ichiro itojun Hagino has imported OpenBSD's PF into NetBSD in the
last week of June.  This widely discussed import means that the NetBSD
base system now includes two powerful packet filters, giving our users
more choice when it comes to securing their systems.

Detailed documentation of both ipfilter and pf can be found at .


statvfs implementation [20040421]

Christos Zoulas has implemented statvfs(2), which replaces the BSD4.4
statfs() family of calls with the POSIX/XOpen statvfs() flavors.
According to his posting to the tech-kern mailing list
(, the
advantages are:

- make the fields 64 bit so that we are not limited by 2 TB
- add read statistics
- increase the size of the mounted paths
- resolve the confusion between bsize meaning fragment size
  on statfs() and block size on statvfs()
- eliminate the need for bavail to be negative, by adding bresvd.
- add favail and fresvd for filesystems that implement
  reserved inode space
- use clamping instead of overflow on the old compat statfs()

The statfs() calls are still available at link time for dynamic
binaries, and at runtime for statically linked binaries (with
COMPAT_20), but they are not available at compile time. This is a
design choice, to force people to move to the more portable statvfs()
call, without needing to provide an expanded statfs() call that would
handle > 2TB or limiting old programs to 2TB.

NetBSD sets Internet2 Land Speed World Record [20040503]

Researchers at the Swedish University Network SUNET
( have broken the Internet2 Land Speed Record
using two Dell 2650 machines with single 2GHz CPUs running NetBSD 2.0
BETA. SUNET transferred around 840 Gigabytes of data in less than 30
minutes, using a single IPv4 TCP stream, between a host at the Lulea
University of Technology ( and host connected
to a Sprint ( PoP in San Jose, CA, USA. The
achieved speed was 69.073 Petabit-meters/second. According to the
research team, NetBSD was chosen ``due to the scalability of the TCP

More information about this record including the NetBSD configuration
can be found at  The website of the
Internet2 Land Speed Record (I2-LSR) competition is located at  The announcement from SUNET can be found

/dev/ptm and /dev/ptmx added [20040618]

At the end of May, Christos Zoulas proposed the implementation of
/dev/ptm (following OpenBSD's approach) and /dev/ptmx for increased
POSIX compatibility with respect to allocation of pseudo-terminals.
His proposal can be found at  Christos
has since committed the code in question and as of June 18th, ptm(4)
is the default.  This allows us, among other things, to remove the
setuid bit from certain programs such as xterm(1).


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