Subject: Announcing the release of NetBSD 3.0
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From: Matthias Scheler <email@example.com>
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
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:
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
* 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
* 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
* 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
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
* 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
* 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.
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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.
* 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
* 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 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
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.
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