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[20170109] NetBSD 7.1_RC1 available
Well, subject says it all. To quote from Soren Jacobsen's email: ``The first release candidate of NetBSD 7.1 is now available for download at:

http://cdn.NetBSD.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-7.1_RC1/

Those of you who prefer to build from source can continue to follow the netbsd-7 branch or use the netbsd-7-1-RC1 tag.

There have been quite a lot of changes since 7.0. See src/doc/CHANGES-7.1 for the full list.

Please help us out by testing 7.1_RC1. We love any and all feedback. Report problems through the usual channels (submit a PR or write to the appropriate list). More general feedback is welcome at releng%NetBSD.org@localhost.''

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[20161030] NetBSD 7.0.2 released
Why 7.0.2? Following NetBSD's release scheme, there are major releases (e.g. 7.0) with subsequent updates (e.g. 7.1). Those "major" release and their updates include both new features as well as bug fixes - the latter one again with and without security relevance. New code, new risks - as a result for getting updates, existing interfaces may change and lead to incompatibiltites. This may affect either binary compatibility between programs and their required shared libraries, as well - though rare - incompatible chances on the source code level.

NetBSD takes quite some effort to keep such incompatibilites low, yet they happen. The only real solutions is: no updates. "Never change a running system" is nice for availability, but it poses security risks. The time when a big server uptime was considered a sign of good system administration are gone. Today, a long update means the system (probably) runs outdated and as such vulnerable code.

So to solve the problem a compromise is needed: little updates, but crucial security updates do get done. Which is where NetBSD's "minor" release like NetBSD 7.0.2 come into play. With its set of changes, a number of external software packages got security-related updates (e.g. OpenSSL, NTP, BIND, X), and a smaller number of security related changes were also added, e.g. a race condition in mail.local(8), crashes in the Networking File System (NFS) and the native Fast File System (FFS) plus some platform-specific crashes on MIPS, PowerPC and SPARC64.

For more information on downloading and installation see the release announcement as well as the platform-specific install documentation, e.g. for NetBSD 7.0.2/arm64's INSTALL.html file.

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[20150702] New binary releases for NetBSD on Raspberry Pi, including 7.0 RC1
NetBSD runs on many machnes, and the Raspberry Pi is one of them. Getting the stock distribution is not that easy, and to help in getting things going, Jun Ebihara is providing ready-made images for quite some time.

There are images available that are based on the latest development snapshot, NetBSD-curent, and with the NetBSD 7.0 release around the corner, there is also an image based on NetBSD 7.0 Release Candidat 1.

See the NetBSD wiki for many more details, and if you use your RPI for any cool hacks, be sure to let us know!

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[20150622] Announcing first Release Candidate for NetBSD 7.0 (7.0_RC1)
The NetBSD-7 release branch is in preparation for quite some time now, and now the first release candidate of NetBSD 7.0 is available. Release engineer Soren Jabson writes: ``Many changes have been made since 6.0. Here are a few highlights:
  • Greatly improved support for modern Intel and Radeon graphics hardware through a port of the Linux DRM/KMS code. Most X.Org components have been updated as well.
  • ARM multiprocessor support
  • Support for new ARM boards, some of which are listed below:
    • Raspberry Pi 2
    • ODROID-C1
    • BeagleBoard-xM
    • BeagleBone
    • BeagleBone Black
    • Banana Pi
    • Cubieboard 2
    • Cubietruck
    • Merii Hummingbird
    • Marvell ARMADA XP
    • GlobalScale MiraBox
    • Kobo
    • Sharp Netwalker PC-Z1
  • GPT support in sysinst
  • Lua kernel scripting
  • Multiprocessor USB stack
  • Many improvements to NPF, the NetBSD packet filter
  • GCC 4.8.4 (and optionally, LLVM/Clang 3.6.1)
Binaries of NetBSD 7.0_RC1 are available for download at:

ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-7.0_RC1/

Those who prefer to build from source can either use the netbsd-7-0-RC1 tag or follow the netbsd-7 branch.

Please help us out by testing 7.0_RC1. We love any and all feedback. Report problems through the usual channels (submit a PR or write to the appropriate list). More general feedback is welcome at releng@NetBSD.org. Your input will help us put the finishing touches on what promises to be a great release! ''

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[20131110] g4u 2.6beta1 released
I have release g4u version 2.6beta1. Important changes are an update to recent NetBSD codebase, and moving the ramdisk from a separate file back into the kernel. This allows easy netbooting - at least I hope so, feedback is welcome here.

I'd like to push out version 2.6 within the next few weeks. Please test and let me know if there are any showstoppers!

Full list of news in g4u 2.6beta1:

  • Make this build with NetBSD-current sources as of 2013-10-20
  • Move back from a ramdisk that's loaded from a separate file back to a ramdisk that's part of the kernel image. This allows easier netbooting for those people who want it - added back by popular demand :-)
  • Added more kernel buffer space, to hold all kernel messages for dmesg, even on machines with large ACPI tables (Hello VMware Fusion!)
  • New drivers:
    • LSILogic 9x9 and 53c1030 (Fusion-MPT) PCI SCSI
    • LSI Logic Fusion-MPT II PCI SCSI
    • Atheros AR9k (802.11a/g/n) PCI Wireless
    • Marvell PCI Libertas Wireless
    • Atheros AR9k (802.11a/g/n) PC-Card Wireless
    • Broadcom BCM43xx PC-Card Wireless
    • Atheros AR9002U USB Wireless
    • Ralink Technology RT2500USB 802.11a/b/g USB Wireless
    • Ralink Technology RT(2[78]|30)00 802.11a/b/g/n USB Wireless
    • Realtek RTL8187/RTL8187B 802.11b/g USB Wireless
    • Realtek RTL8188CU/RTL8192CU 802.11b/g/n USB Wireless
    • Intel Atom E6xx PCI-LPC
Download links:
  • The g4u 2.6beta1 ISO CD image (zipped/uncompressed)
  • The g4u 2.6beta1 source
  • The g4u 2.6beta1 floppy images (zipped/ uncompressed floppy one, floppy two and floppy three)
  • Some md5 checksums:
    MD5 (g4u-2.6beta1-1.fs) = 264d5b27f208f1053777774d0c2b87a7
    MD5 (g4u-2.6beta1-2.fs) = 533b37fbeeb2d537928de61b25eb2ade
    MD5 (g4u-2.6beta1-3.fs) = 5abe1327326fcdac18bf4d68566f3e9b
    MD5 (g4u-2.6beta1.iso) = 37596efb42c014eb049e0027db059bd9
    MD5 (g4u-2.6beta1.tgz) = acd5907a7fb2cc8fbd4645a1b9db5272
    MD5 (g4u-2.6beta1.fs.zip) = 9b8da62fac57dcd38a4e3376189a087d
    MD5 (g4u-2.6beta1.iso.zip) = 44cb8d01407b17f9d9839740b5a0d2d9
    


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[20130930] Bugfix releases NetBSD 6.1.2, 6.0.2 and others released
Jeff Rizzo announces that the NetBSD 6.1.2 and NetBSD 6.0.3 patch releases as well as the NetBSD 5.2.1 and NetBSD 5.1.3 patch releases are out. The releases contain security-only changes to the two stable releases maintained by NetBSD in 6.0.3 and 5.1.3 as well as feature updates plus security fixes in 6.1.2 and 5.2.1.

Read the NetBSD 6.1.2 and NetBSD 6.0.3 patch releases">6.x and 5.x release notes for more information.

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