Subject: Announcing the release of NetBSD 3.0
To: None <>
From: Matthias Scheler <>
List: netbsd-announce
Date: 12/23/2005 18:04:37
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Announcing NetBSD 3.0


   The  NetBSD  Project  is  pleased  to announce that release 3.0 of the
   NetBSD operating system is now available.

   NetBSD  is  widely  known as the most portable operating system in the
   world.   It   currently   supports   fifty   seven   different  system
   architectures,  all  from  a  single  source tree, and is always being
   ported to more.

   NetBSD  3.0  continues  our  long tradition with major improvements in
   stability,  performance,  networking,  security, also includes support
   for two new platforms (iyonix and hp700), and many new peripherals.

   Far  reaching  improvements to the network stack will not only provide
   better  performance  but  also  make  NetBSD an excellent choice for a
   VPN  gateway.  PAM  (Pluggable Authentication Modules) framework
   adds  more  flexibility  to  NetBSD's  user  management and simplifies
   integration  into  heterogeneous  networks.  The kernel, libraries and
   utilities  can  now  handle filesystems larger than two terabytes, and
   support for Xen 2.0 allows hosting many virtual servers on a single

   Please read below for more achievements in NetBSD 3.0!

   Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 3.0 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
   found at:

   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.

   A  list of hashes for the NetBSD 3.0 distribution has been signed with
   the   well-connected   PGP   key  for  the  NetBSD  Security  Officer:

About NetBSD

   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  3.0  runs  on  57
   different  system  architectures  featuring  17  machine architectures
   across  17  distinct  CPU  families,  and is being ported to more. The
   NetBSD  3.0 release contains complete binary releases for 53 different
   machine   types,   with  the  platforms  amigappc,  bebox,  pc532  and
   playstation2 released in source form only.

   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, pkgsrc, contains over
   5,700  packages. 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 website 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 website. Commercial support is
   available from a variety of sources; some are listed at:

   More  extensive  information  on  NetBSD  is available from the NetBSD

   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.

System families supported by NetBSD 3.0

   The NetBSD 3.0 release provides supported binary distributions for the
   following systems:

   * NetBSD/acorn26 Acorn Archimedes, A-series and R-series systems
   * NetBSD/acorn32 Acorn RiscPC/A7000, VLSI RC7500
   * NetBSD/algor Algorithmics, Ltd. MIPS evaluation boards
   * NetBSD/alpha Digital/Compaq Alpha (64-bit)
   * NetBSD/amd64 Computers with x86_64 capable CPUs
   * NetBSD/amiga Commodore Amiga, MacroSystem DraCo
   * NetBSD/arc MIPS-based machines following the Advanced RISC Computing s=
   * NetBSD/atari Atari TT030, Falcon, Hades
   * NetBSD/cats Chalice Technology's CATS and Intel's EBSA-285
     evaluation boards
   * NetBSD/cesfic CES FIC8234 VME processor board
   * NetBSD/cobalt Cobalt Networks' MIPS-based Microservers
   * NetBSD/dreamcast Sega Dreamcast game console
   * NetBSD/evbarm ARM evaluation boards
   * NetBSD/evbmips MIPS-based evaluation boards
   * NetBSD/evbppc Evaluation boards and appliances with PowerPC CPUs
   * NetBSD/evbsh3  Evaluation  boards with Hitachi Super-H SH3 and SH4 CPUs
   * NetBSD/evbsh5 Evaluation boards with Hitachi Super-H SH5 CPUs
   * NetBSD/hp300 Hewlett-Packard 9000/300 and 400 series
   * NetBSD/hp700 Hewlett-Packard 9000 Series 700 workstations
   * NetBSD/hpcarm StrongARM based Windows CE PDA machines
   * NetBSD/hpcmips MIPS-based Windows CE PDA machines
   * NetBSD/hpcsh Hitachi SH3/4 based Windows CE PDA machines
   * NetBSD/i386 80x86-based IBM PCs and clones
   * NetBSD/ibmnws IBM Network Station 1000
   * NetBSD/iyonix Castle Technology's Iyonix ARM based PCs
   * NetBSD/luna68k OMRON Tateisi Electric's LUNA series
   * NetBSD/mac68k Apple Macintosh with 68k CPU
   * NetBSD/macppc Apple Power Macintosh and clones
   * NetBSD/mipsco  MIPS  Computer  Systems Inc. family of workstations
     and servers
   * NetBSD/mmeye Brains mmEye multimedia server
   * NetBSD/mvme68k Motorola MVME 68k SBCs
   * NetBSD/mvmeppc Motorola PowerPC VME SBCs
   * NetBSD/netwinder StrongARM based NetWinder machines
   * NetBSD/news68k Sony's 68k-based "NET WORK STATION" series
   * NetBSD/newsmips Sony's MIPS-based "NET WORK STATION" series
   * NetBSD/next68k NeXT 68k "black" hardware
   * NetBSD/ofppc OpenFirmware PowerPC machines
   * NetBSD/pmax Digital MIPS-based DECstations and DECsystems
   * NetBSD/pmppc Artesyn's PM/PPC board
   * NetBSD/prep PReP (PowerPC Reference Platform) and CHRP machines
   * NetBSD/sandpoint Motorola Sandpoint reference platform
   * NetBSD/sbmips Broadcom SiByte evaluation boards
   * NetBSD/sgimips Silicon Graphics' MIPS-based workstations
   * NetBSD/shark Digital DNARD ("shark")
   * NetBSD/sparc Sun SPARC (32-bit) and UltraSPARC (in 32-bit mode)
   * NetBSD/sparc64 Sun UltraSPARC (in native 64-bit mode)
   * NetBSD/sun2 Sun 2
   * NetBSD/sun3 Sun 3 and 3x
   * NetBSD/vax Digital VAX
   * NetBSD/x68k Sharp X680x0 series

   Ports  available  in  source  form  only  for this release include the

   * NetBSD/amigappc     PowerPC-based Amiga boards
   * NetBSD/bebox        Be Inc's BeBox
   * NetBSD/pc532        The NS32532-based PC532 computer
   * NetBSD/playstation2 SONY PlayStation 2

Major Changes Between 2.0 and 3.0

   The complete list of changes can be found in the CHANGES-3.0 file
   in the top level directory of the NetBSD 3.0 release tree. Some
   highlights include:

Supported platforms and machines

     * A  port  to new platform: iyonix. The iyonix port supports the
       Iyonix PC, which is a desktop computer from Castle Technology,
       based on a 600MHz XScale 80321 processor.
     * The  xen  port  now  supports  Xen  2.0,  both  in  privileged and
       unprivileged mode.
     * The  evbarm  port  has  support  for  the TS-7200 single board
       computer,  which  is  also  known  as  "the  NetBSD Controlled
     * The  sgimips  port  now supports IP12 (Personal Iris 4D/30, 4D/35,
       and Indigo R3K) machines.
     * The  PowerPC  601 support is added, and the prep port now supports
       IBM RS/6000 60P 7020-011.


     * The i386 port now supports the Enhanced SpeedStep Technology.
     * Added the statvfs(2) family of system calls.
     * Added ptm(4), Unix/98 pty multiplexor device.
     * Added swwdog(4), a software watchdog timer facility.
     * The  autoconfiguration framework is rewritten for device driver LKMs.
     * compat_darwin(8) emulation now supports Mac OS X version 10.3
     * The sparc64 and shark ports have switched to wscons(9), the
       machine-independent console framework. Additionally, the sparc64
       port switched to an XFree86 based X server and now supports the
       cg6, mach64 and ffb/afb framebuffers with acceleration.

     * Added new pselect(2) and pollts(2) synchronous I/O multiplexing
       system calls.
     * Added  another experimental buffer queue strategy, BUFQ_PRIOCSCAN,
       per-priority  cyclical scan. Note: the existing strategy
       NEW_BUFQ_STRATEGY  is  renamed  to BUFQ_READPRIO, since that gives
       priority to issuing read requests over write requests.
     * The way to allocate a kernel structure, map entry, was improved so
       that it doesn't need preliminary knowledge of system load, i.e.,
       users no longer have to  define "options MAX_KMAPENT" in their
       kernel configurations even on busy servers.


     * TCP  now supports TCP Selective Acknowledgement Options (RFC 2018)
       for    enhanced   performance   (especially   on   long   distance
       connections),  and  TCP  MD5  signatures  (RFC  2385) for enhanced
       protection against attacks.
     * TCP  can take advantage of hardware-assisted TCP/IPv4 segmentation
       on re(4), wm(4), and xge(4) interfaces.
     * The  OpenBSD  Packet  Filter has been integrated as an alternative
       packet filter solution.
     * IP Filter has been upgraded to version 4.1.8.
     * The  KAME  IPsec  stack now supports ESP over NAT connections (RFC
     * IPv4 Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) routing support has been
     * ipsec-tools 0.6.3 provides IKE support for ESP over NAT connections
       (RFC 3947), user authentication via XAuth, and automatic network
       configurations of VPN clients via Mode Config.
     * Added  RFC  3378  EtherIP  support, which makes it possible to add
       gif(4) interface to bridges.
     * Added tap(4), the virtual Ethernet device.
     * pp(4) has been updated to 2.4.3.
     * gre(4) now supports tunneling of the IPv6 Protocol.

Supported devices

     * Added iteide(4): driver for ITE 8212 IDE controller.
     * Added  ixpide(4):  driver  for  ATI  IXP  series  chipset  IDE
     * Added pdcsata(4): driver for Promise SATA150 (aka PDC203xx)
     * Added ipw(4): driver for Intel PRO/Wireless 2100.
     * Added iwi(4): driver for Intel PRO/Wireless 2200AG/2915ABG.
     * Added rtw(4):  driver  for  Realtek  RTL8180L  IEEE  802.11b
       wireless network.
     * Added vge(4): driver for VIA VT612X Gigabit Ethernet controller.
     * Added xge(4): driver for Neterion Xframe-I 10 gigabit Ethernet.
     * Added cdce(4): driver for CDC USB Ethernet.
     * Added atu(4): driver for Atmel AT76C50x based 802.11b wireless
       network interfaces.
     * Added uep(4): driver for eGalax USB touchpanel controller.
     * Added ugensa(4): driver for USB generic serial adapter, which
       currently supports CDMA Wireless PC Card.
     * Added auixp(4): driver for ATI IXP series chipset audio controller.
     * Added auacer(4): driver for ALi M5455 audio controller.
     * Added azalia(4): driver for High Definition Audio controller.
     * Added spif(4): driver for Sun SUNW,spif multi-port Sbus card.
     * viaide(4) now supports nForce2 Ultra 400, nForce3 250 IDE and SATA,
       and nForce4  IDE and SATA controllers. viaide(4) also supports the
       VIA VT6421 SATA RAID controller, though drives on the controller
       need to be configured into RAID/JOBS sets via its BIOS.
     * siside(4) now supports SiS 180 and 741 SATA controllers.
     * artsata(4),  which  is  the  Intel  i31244  Serial  ATA  disk
       controller driver, now supports DPA mode.
     * satalink(4) now supports Silicon Image 3512 SATA.
     * piixide(4)  now  supports  Intel 82801FB/FR (ICH6/6R) IDE and
       SATA,  82801FBM SATA, 82801G (ICH7) IDE and SATA, and i6300ESB IDE
       and SATA controllers. Also added basic support for RAID0 and RAID1
       for  the  Adaptec  HostRAID  format  as found on the Intel 6300ESB
       on-board RAID.
     * stge(4) now works on big-endian machines including sparc64
       with hardware checksums.
     * aac(4) now supports Adaptec SATA RAID 2810SA.
     * mpt(4) now supports LSI Logic FC919x SCSI controllers.
     * spc(4) now has support for Fujitsu MB87030-based PCMCIA SCSI
     * bge(4)  now supports Broadcom BCM5788, BCM5705K, BCM5721, and
       BCM5751M Gigabit Ethernet controllers, and has 802.3x flow control
     * gem(4) and hme(4) now have hardware checksum support.
     * re(4) and wm(4) now support TCPv4 hardware transmit segment
     * wm(4) now supports more Intel Gigabit Ethernet chips and
       64bit PCI DMA transfer.
     * re(4) now supports Corega CG-LAPCIGT Gigabit Ethernet and RTL8169
       based CardBus Ethernet interfaces, including NetGear GA-511.
     * ex(4) now supports 3Com 3c920B-EMB-WNM Integrated Fast Ethernet.
     * sk(4) now supports Belkin Gigabit Desktop Network card.
     * bce(4) now supports Broadcom BCM4401-B0 Ethernet.
     * tl(4) now supports Compaq Netelligent 10 T/2 PCI UTP/Coax
     * wi(4) now supports SMC2531W-B EliteConnect Wireless Adapter.
     * fxp(4) now supports Intel 82801FB (ICH6) 10/100 Ethernet.
     * tlp(4)  now  supports  LinkSys  PCMPC200 CardBus Ethernet and
       ASIX AX88140A/AX88141 chipsets.
     * Many improvements for atw(4), the ADMtek ADM8211 802.11
       wireless network driver.
     * auich(4)  now  supports  nForce2 Ultra 400, nForce3 250 MCP-T
       AC-97, nForce4, Intel ICH7, and Intel 6300ESB audio controllers.
     * auvia(4) now supports suspend and resume.
     * puc(4) now supports VS-Com PCI-210H 2S/1P card, VScom PCI-200
       2S card, and ADDI-DATA APCI-7800 8-port serial adapter.
     * uftdi(4) now supports Sealevel Systems' uftdi-based
       USB-Serial adapter.
     * uvscom(4) now supports SUNTAC U-Cable type A4 USB serial
     * pms(4) now supports synaptics touchpad.
     * lm(4) now supports iTE IT8705f and Winbond 83627THF
       environment monitor controllers.
     * Many bug fixes and improvements for ehci(4) USB 2.0 controllers.
     * Many fixes for uaudio(4) devices.
     * uax(4) ASIX AX88172 USB Ethernet driver has been replaced by
       axe(4) driver derived from FreeBSD.
     * The vnd(4) pseudo-device now supports compressed images.

File system

     * UFS_DIRHASH support is added from FreeBSD. UFS_DIRHASH improves
       lookup performance by maintaining in-core hash tables for large
       directories on UFS.
     * Added ptyfs, a pseudo-terminal file system.
     * The CD9660 file system now supports UTF-8 filenames using Joliet
     * Ext2fs now supports large files (larger than 2 GB).
       fsck_ext2fs(8) also handles them and supports conversion from
       old file systems.
     * The stability of the Log-structured File System (LFS) has been
     * vnd(4) can now read compressed disk images. A new tool
       vndcompress(1) is included to create them.


     * Added PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules) framework.
     * Support wide strings in C++.
     * Re-entrant library functions like getpwent_r() have been added.
     * Some libc string functions for i386 have been replaced with
       optimized versions.
     * Added DCE 1.1 RPC compatible UUID (Universally Unique Identifier)
       routines to libc.
     * Added memmem(3) to libc, which is API compatible with the
       functions in FreeBSD and Linux.


     * The  Veriexec framework is now using hash tables to store per-file
       data,  resulting  in  much  faster  operation.  It  supports  four
       different  enforcement  levels  and  full  control over verbosity.
       Signature  files are easier to generate and are more flexible than
       in the previous version.
     * Added SHA2 to libc to provide more secure hashing algorithms and
       made cksum(1) and mtree(8) support them.

System administration and user tools

     * Various improvements to the "sysinst" installation program,
       including Spanish language translation.
     * Numerous improvements to syslogd(8), mostly from FreeBSD.
     * fsck(8) now has a progress meter option.
     * dump(8) now supports file system snapshots.
     * Added sockstat(1), which lists open sockets.
     * Added seq(1), a utility which prints a sequence of numbers.
       seq(1) is derived from Plan 9.


     * audio(9) interface is improved. Added audio software filter
       pipeline capabilities, making it easier for hardware drivers to
       add encoding support or sample rates support.
     * Updates  of most third party packages that are shipped in the base
       system to the following stable releases:
          o am-utils 6.1-rc2
          o BIND 9.3.0
          o binutils 2.15-20041204
          o cvs 1.11.20
          o file 4.13
          o gcc 3.3.3
          o groff 1.19.1
          o OpenSSH 3.9
          o OpenSSL 0.9.7d
          o Postfix 2.1.5
          o sendmail 8.13.3
          o tcpdump 3.8.3
          o texinfo 4.7
          o tzdata2005o
          o XFree86 4.5.0
     * Many new and updated packages in the pkgsrc system, including
       current versions of the KDE, GNOME and Xfce desktops, the Perl
       language, the Apache web server and a lot more. At the time of
       writing, there are over 5,700 third party packages available in

   And  of  course  there  have also been innumerable bug fixes and other
   miscellaneous enhancements.

   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 Systems
   Consortium Inc., Columbia University and Ludd (Lule=E5 Academic Computer
   Society)  computer  society  at  Lule=E5  University  of  Technology for
   current colocation services.

About the NetBSD Foundation

   The  NetBSD  Foundation  was  chartered in 1995, with the task of
   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.

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   Foundation  depends  on donations from its users, and we would like to
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   support  of  continuing  production of our fine operating system. Your
   generous  donation  would  be  particularly  welcome  assistance  with
   ongoing  upgrades  and maintenance, as well as with operating expenses
   for The NetBSD Foundation.

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