Subject: Announcing NetBSD 2.1
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jeff Rizzo <email@example.com>
Date: 11/02/2005 12:28:43
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Announcing NetBSD 2.1
The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that release 2.1 of the
NetBSD operating system is now available.
About NetBSD 2.1
NetBSD 2.1 is the first maintenance release of the netbsd-2 release
branch. This release provides numerous functional enhancements,
including support for many new devices, hundreds of bug fixes, patches
and updates to kernel subsystems, and many enhancements to the user
environment. In addition, all of the security fixes and critical bug
fixes from the NetBSD 2.0.3 update are included as well.
Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 2.1 are available for download
at many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing
FTP, AnonCVS, SUP, and other services is provided at the end of this
announcement; the latest list of available download sites may also be
We encourage users who wish to install via a CD-ROM ISO image to
download via BitTorrent by using the torrent files supplied in the ISO
image area. BitTorrent has recently been added to the list of
distribution mechanisms and its use is strongly encouraged to help
keep bandwidth available.
The NetBSD operating system is a full-featured, open source, UNIX-like
operating system descended from the Berkeley Networking Release 2
(Net/2), 4.4BSD-Lite, and 4.4BSD-Lite2. NetBSD runs on 54 different
system architectures featuring 17 machine architectures across 17
distinct CPU families, and is being ported to more. The NetBSD 2.1
release contains complete binary releases for 48 different machine
NetBSD is a highly integrated system. In addition to its highly
portable, high performance kernel, NetBSD features a complete set of
user utilities, compilers for several languages, the X Window System,
firewall software and numerous other tools, all accompanied by full
source code. The NetBSD Packages Collection contains over 5500
packages and binary package releases for a number of platforms are
currently in progress.
More information on the goals of the NetBSD Project can be procured
from the NetBSD web site at:
NetBSD is free. All of the code is under non-restrictive licenses, and
may be used without paying royalties to anyone. Free support services
are available via our mailing lists and web site. Commercial support
is available from a variety of sources; some are listed at:
More extensive information on NetBSD is available from the NetBSD web
NetBSD is the work of a diverse group of people spread around the
world. The "Net" in our name is a tribute to the Internet, which
enables us to communicate and share code, and without which the
project would not exist.
Major Changes Between 2.0 and 2.1
The complete list of changes can be found in the CHANGES-2.1 file in
the top level directory of the NetBSD 2.1 release tree.
The following major changes were made between 2.0 and 2.1:
* Fix a bug that caused spontaneous reboot under heavy load on SH3/4
* Fixed some sparc64 and alpha pmap(9) issues.
* A longstanding bug in the SYSV semaphore code has been fixed.
* Eliminated hangs when large processes fork.
* ata(4) and wdc(4) drives now only downgrade modes due to actual
CRC errors, and UDMA modes are downgraded more slowly.
* The pdcsata(4) driver was added, with support for the Promise
SATA150 series of controllers, including RAID support.
* The RAIDframe disk driver had various bugfixes and improvements.
* Added support for various devices from the nVidia nForce3 chipset
* Fixed interrupt problems on some Intel Xeon systems.
* Added support for the VT642 SATA RAID Controller.
* Various fixes to the esiop(4) driver.
* Added support for the Dell CERC SATA RAID to the aac(4) driver.
* Added support for additional Dell boards to the ahd(4) driver.
* Fixed a number of issues with the ehci(4) driver.
* Added ukyopon(4) : Kyocera AIR-EDGE phone driver.
* The wdc(4) driver has been fixed for commands with opaque data
structures. The atactl smart status command now works on
* wm(4) fixed major performance issues with the i82547 Gig-E chip.
* sk(4) improved chip identification and improved performance, and
added support for the Belkin Gigabit Desktop Network PCI card.
* Fix a bug which would crash the system when destroying vlan(4)
* Added rtk(4) and tl(4) interfaces as rnd(4) sources.
* Added support for the Compaq Netelligent 10 T/2 PCI UTP/Coax
Controller to the tl(4) driver.
* Added support for changing the MTU of an stf(4) interface.
* Added support for IPv6 over gre(4) interfaces.
* The hme(4) driver now supports Sun QFE boards on non-SPARC
* Fix some stge(4) big-endian issues, and some other issues. stge(4)
works on sparc64 with hardware checksums.
* Fix a number of NFS issues.
* Fixed file access problems via SMBFS when the file is already open
on the server.
* Various improvements to LFS, the BSD log-structured file system.
* Support changing passwords in a Windows 2000 (or later) domain
* Fixed a possible Denial of Service attack via IPSec AH packets.
* NetBSD-SA2005-10 OpenSSL "man in the middle" can force weak
* NetBSD-SA2005-09 Insecure /tmp file usage when building using
* NetBSD-SA2005-08 Heap memory corruption in FreeBSD compat code
* NetBSD-SA2005-07 AES-XCBC-MAC always caculated with same key
* NetBSD-SA2005-06 Multiple vulnerabilites in CVS
* NetBSD-SA2005-05 cgd(4) key destruction on unconfigure
* NetBSD-SA2005-04 Buffer overflows in MIT Kerberos 5 telnet client
* NetBSD-SA2005-03 F_CLOSEM local denial of service
* NetBSD-SA2005-02 Local DoS via audio device with specific drivers
System administration and user tools
* ntpd(8) coredump if local system and NTP server did not have
overlapping protocol family support (IPv4 vs. IPv6, for example)
* pax(1) has a number of bugfixes and new features.
* ifwatchd(8) has been fixed to call the CARRIER script if a link is
already up during the initial interface scan.
* cvs(1) has been upgraded to version 1.11.20.
* Avoid crashes in grep(1) on empty or very large files.
* Fixed a number of issues in gzip(1).
* Added VT switching for the cats port.
* Various fixes and improvements to the cross-build system.
* Fixed some issues in libpthread and libpthread_dbg.
* Implement a USB memory reserve to work around problems plugging in
(for example) umass(4) devices after boot.
* Package tools have been upgraded to version 20050530.
Please note that at the moment, sysinst will not assist you in
installing pre-built third-party binary packages or the pkgsrc system
itself. See the NetBSD packages collection documentation:
The NetBSD Foundation would like to thank all those who have
contributed code, hardware, documentation, funds, colocation for our
servers, web pages and other documentation, release engineering, and
other resources over the years. More information on the people who
make NetBSD happen is available at:
We would like to especially thank the University of California at
Berkeley and the GNU Project for particularly large subsets of code
that we use. We would also like to thank the Internet Software
Consortium and the Helsinki University of Technology for current
About the NetBSD Foundation
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overseeing core NetBSD project services, promoting the project within
industry and the open source community, and holding intellectual
property rights on much of the NetBSD code base. Day-to-day operations
of the project are handled by volunteers.
As a non-profit organisation with no commercial backing, The NetBSD
Foundation depends on donations from its users, and we would like to
ask you to consider making a donation to the NetBSD Foundation in
support of continuing production of our fine operating system.
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