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[20090430] NetBSD 5.0 release announcement
NetBSD 5.0 is released: ``NetBSD 5.0 features greatly improved performance and scalability on modern multiprocessor (SMP) and multi-core systems. Multi-threaded applications can now efficiently make use of more than one CPU or core, and system performance is much better under I/O and network load.

In addition to scalability and performance improvements, a significant number of major features have been added. Some highlights are: a preview of metadata journaling for FFS file systems (known as WAPBL), the jemalloc memory allocator, X.Org instead of XFree86 on a number of ports, the Power Management Framework, ACPI suspend/resume support on many laptops, write support for UDF file systems, the Automated Testing Framework, the Runnable Userspace Meta Program framework, Xen 3.3 support for both i386 and amd64, POSIX message queues and asynchronous I/O, and many new hardware device drivers. For all the details, see the full release notes. ''

Citing from the release announcement, ``ISO images can be downloaded using BitTorrent, and we encourage users who wish to install via ISO images to take advantage of this, as the images are very well seeded at

Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 5.0 are available for download at many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing FTP, AnonCVS, and other services may be found at:

We are very grateful to all of those who donated during the 2007 fund drive, which brought us many of the great advances found in 5.0. For more information on how you can help NetBSD, see'' See the NetBSD 5.0 release announcement for more details.

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