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[20150304] Google Summer of Code 2015 and NetBSD
Google's "Summer of Code" is a chance for students to get paid to work on Open Source software, with the associated Open Source projects as mentoring organization. Now, the 2015 mentoring organizations have been announced, and I am in a sad position to tell that NetBSD is not among the choosen mentoring organizations this year, again. :-(

Yet, fear not! While NetBSD itself is not in the game, there are plenty of Open Source projects that are close, in the game and that offer projects related to them and NetBSD!

Here's the start of a list:

Feel free to drop me a note if you know about more. As always, interested students are welcome to contact these projects early to get in touch and talk about their ideas.

Good luck! :)

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[20150225] NetBSD on IBM's SoftLayer and Microsoft's Azure and more
Xen is a common and popular virtualization platform today. NetBSD was ported to it prety early. Due to that, NetBSD cam be ran on any "cloud" infrastructure that uses Xen, with Amazon's EC2 cloud probably the most prominent and largest one.

As the whole "cloud" and "platform as a service" (PaaS) is lifting off, other virtualization platforms get popular, which need attention from NetBSD. The first one to note is IBM's SoftLayer, which uses its own virtualization technique that supports many operating systems but strange enough not NetBSD. To still get things going, Emile "iMil" Heitor has investigated the situation, and wrote how to install NetBSD (or any PV-capable system) on IBM's SoftLayer.

Another major platform to look for is Microsoft's Azure. It uses Microsoft's ohn Hyper-V technique, which there is no NetBSD support yet! There is a project description "NetBSD/azure -- Bringing NetBSD to Microsoft Azure" available that got some pretty useful links this week - any takers? As starting point, there's code for Running FreeBSD in Azure.

Last but not least, the last big virtualization platfor amiss is KVM, which is used e.g. in Google's cloud platform. While there are some mentions that NetBSD runs as guest operating system, I am not sure what the latest state is. Anyone in for a comparison? :)

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[20140903] NetBSD running on OpenRISK 1000 CPUs
Matt Thomas posted that he has updated the NetBSD toolchain and build system to build the userland for the OpenRISK 1000 CPU, and will work on the kernel next. From Wikipedia: ``OpenRISC is the original flagship project of the OpenCores community. This project aims to develop a series of general purpose open source RISC CPU architectures. The first (and currently only) architectural description is for the OpenRISC 1000, describing a family of 32 and 64-bit processors with optional floating point and vector processing support.''

To start playing, use Qemu v1.2 or have a look at the available Javascript emulator.

Who's the first to give me an URL of the emulator running NetBSD in my webbrowser? :)

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[20140801] BSDsec - Deadsimple BSD Security Advisories and Announcements
Found on DiscoverBSD, there is now a new website that aims at providing a central point of information for BSD related security information. It covers general and security related announcements from NetBSD, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD.

From DiscoverBSD: ``I take SA and A, and publish them on BSDSec.net website. Aim for website is to be very simple, intuitive and mobile-whatever frendly. Tags are available for better search (in case you want only FreeBSD). I also publish on Twitter. Discussion is available via Reddit.

All process is done by my application, so I do not need to do anything.

How it works?

App is open-source, built with Ruby on Rails. I will write details in my next post, as well with how-to on contributing and so. I have few ideas and anyone is welcome to join me and make this app better! ''

Check out BSDSec!

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[20140715] NetBSD 7 branch date announced
NetBSD release engineer Jeff Rizzo has announced the timeline for branching the NetBSD 7 release:

``We will be creating the netbsd-7 CVS branch on or about July 26th, just under two weeks from today. The creation of this branch will mark the start of the Beta period, which is expected to last into September. Between now and branch time, our focus is on fixing bugs, updating documentation, and ensuring that the basics (build, installation, boot) work on as many platforms as possible. ''

In case you have some spare cycles, check out riz' mail for hints on how to help contributing to the release process.

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[20140503] The NetBSD Foundation 2013 Financial Report
Following a recent internal meeting of the NetBSD project, the 2013 financial report is now available to the public. This gives an overview of NetBSD's financial situation, showing income from donations and merchandizing, and where money goes to: hardware, consulting for development, fees for banking, conferences and legal expenses.

While NetBSD's finances are pretty safe and sound, more money is always welcome, to support developers working on features for money ("consulting") can do so in good manner.

See for more information on how to support NetBSD!

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[20140421] onetbsd.org is gone
onetbsd.org, the NetBSD related news aggregation site that bundles many blogs and website feeds, is gone. Due to some hickups at the provider the domain registration was not extended, and the domain was taken by a domain swatter.

Interested parties can still access the site as netbsd.fi.

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[20140321] NetBSD papers at AsiaBSDCon 2014
AsiaBSDCon 2014 happened last week, and there were a number of interesting presentations covering various topics regaring NetBSD. Slides are now available:

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[20140312] NetBSD/arm news: netwalker, SMP, DTrace
In the past few weeks, several news items regarding NetBSD's port to ARM platforms came up:
  1. The port to the NETWALKER (Cortex-A8) platform works as confirmed by Jun Ebihara, including instructions on how to set things up and dmesg output.

  2. Ryota Ozaki is working on porting DTrace to ARM

  3. Matt Thomas is making the ARM port ready to use multiple CPUs, see his posting, which shows a list of processes and their associated CPU.

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[20140108] Two new NetBSD security advisories: ntpd, libXfont
Two new NetBSD security advisories have been published:
  • NetBSD Security Advisory 2014-001: Stack buffer overflow in libXfont:

    ``A stack buffer overflow in parsing of BDF font files in libXfont was found that can easily be used to crash X programs using libXfont, and likely could be exploited to run code with the privileges of the X program (most nostably, the X server, commonly running as root).

    This vulnerability has been assigned CVE-2013-6462.''

  • NetBSD Security Advisory 2014-002: ntpd used as DDoS amplifier:

    ``An administrative query function is getting used by attackers to use ntp servers as traffic amplifiers. The new version no longer offers this query option.''

See the advisories for technical details, workarounds and proper solutions to fix the problems. All this is fixed in NetBSD-current, patches are available for the NetBSD 5 and 6 releases with their corresponding development branches.

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