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NetBSD 9.0 release process has started
If you have been following source-changes, you may have noticed the
creation of the netbsd-9 branch! It has some really exciting items
that we worked on:
- New AArch64 architecture support:
Symmetric and asymmetrical multiprocessing support (aka big.LITTLE)
Support for running 32-bit binaries
UEFI and ACPI support
Support for SBSA/SBBR (server-class) hardware.
- The FDT-ization of many ARM boards:
the 32-bit GENERIC kernel lists 129 different DTS configurations
the 64-bit GENERIC64 kernel lists 74 different DTS configurations
All supported by a single kernel, without requiring per-board
- Graphics driver update, matching Linux 4.4, adding support for up to
Kaby Lake based Intel graphics devices.
- ZFS has been updated to a modern version and seen many bugfixes.
- New hardware-accelerated virtualization via NVMM.
- NPF performance improvements and bug fixes. A new lookup algorithm,
thmap, is now the default.
- NVMe performance improvements
- Optional kernel ASLR support, and partial kernel ASLR for the default
- Kernel sanitizers:
KLEAK, detecting memory leaks
KASAN, detecting memory overruns
KUBSAN, detecting undefined behaviour
These have been used together with continuous fuzzing via the
syzkaller project to find many bugs that were fixed.
- The removal of outdated networking components such as ISDN and all
of its drivers
- The installer is now capable of performing GPT UEFI installations.
- Dramatically improved support for userland sanitizers, as well as the
option to build all of NetBSD's userland using them for bug-finding.
- Update to graphics userland: Mesa was updated to 18.3.4, and
llvmpipe is now available for several architectures, providing 3D
graphics even in the absence of a supported GPU.
We try to test NetBSD as best as we can, but your testing can help
NetBSD 9.0 a great release. Please test it and let us know of any
bugs you find.
Binaries are available on
Please report any bugs you find!
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