NetBSD: Changes and News in 2004
- 28 Dec 2004 - news.gw.com going offline
- 23 Dec 2004 - anoncvs service unavailable until further notice
- 20 Dec 2004 - pkgsrc-2004Q4 has been branched
- 16 Dec 2004 - New Security Advisory released
- 09 Dec 2004 - NetBSD 2.0 has been released!
- 06 Dec 2004 - pkgsrc now frozen
- 29 Nov 2004 - pkgsrc will freeze for pkgsrc-2004Q4
- 21 Nov 2004 - Old news items online
- 20 Nov 2004 - pkgsrc documentation moved
- 19 Nov 2004 - NetBSD LiveCD runs Contest
- 12 Nov 2004 - NetBSD 2.0 RC5 tagged
- 01 Nov 2004 - New Developer
- 30 Oct 2004 - NetBSD has a new logo
- 15 Oct 2004 - New Port: NetBSD/iyonix
- 08 Oct 2004 - NetBSD 2.0 RC4 tagged
- 05 Oct 2004 - Third Quarterly Status Report published
- 05 Oct 2004 - NetBSD 2.0 RC3 tagged (updated)
- 01 Oct 2004 - New Developer
- 30 Sep 2004 - NetBSD Version Numbering Scheme Changes
- 30 Sep 2004 - NetBSD again sets Internet2 Land Speed World Record
- 29 Sep 2004 - NetBSD happily Hosted@ISC
- 27 Sep 2004 - NetBSD 2.0 RC1 tagged
- 22 Sep 2004 - Hardware failure on www.NetBSD.org
- 20 Sep 2004 - New pkgsrc-2004Q3 branch
- 27 Jul 2004 - NetBSD 2.0 status report
- 17 Jul 2004 - French BSD Book reaches 2nd Edition
- 06 Jul 2004 - Second Quarterly Status Report published
- 01 Jul 2004 - New Developers
- 18 Jun 2004 - UltraSPARC III Hardware Donations Wanted
- 07 Jun 2004 - pkgsrc freeze
- 03 Jun 2004 - New Security Advisory released
- 28 May 2004 - pkgsrcCon 2004 report
- 21 May 2004 - Non-executable mappings update
- 12 May 2004 - New Security Advisory released
- 03 May 2004 - NetBSD sets Internet2 Land Speed World Record
- 03 May 2004 - New pkgsrc-bulk mailing list
- 26 Apr 2004 - NetBSD trademark application completed
- 21 Apr 2004 - Two New Security Advisories released
- 16 Apr 2004 - ftp.NetBSD.org disk failure (updated)
- 08 Apr 2004 - First Quarterly Status Report
- 04 Apr 2004 - New Port: NetBSD/xen
- 29 Mar 2004 - New pkgsrc-2004Q1 branch
- 28 Mar 2004 - 2.0 Release Engineering process started
- 23 Mar 2004 - pkgsrc-bugs mailing list now active
- 12 Mar 2004 - Interix (Windows) support added to pkgsrc
- 11 Mar 2004 - Upcoming release of NetBSD 2.0 - how you can help
- 09 Mar 2004 - First pkgsrcCon announced
- 05 Mar 2004 - XFree86 4.4.0 imported
- 04 Mar 2004 - NewsForge interviews Luke Mewburn
- 03 Mar 2004 - Status update: Logo competition closes
- 01 Mar 2004 - NetBSD 1.6.2 has been released!
- 01 Mar 2004 - The Annual NetBSD Status Report
- 27 Feb 2004 - Pkgsrc included in Bluewall GNU/Linux
- 24 Feb 2004 - sh3 Ports switched to gcc3
- 18 Feb 2004 - Four new Security Advisories released
- 10 Feb 2004 - NetBSD now officially 501(c)(3) non-profit
- 10 Feb 2004 - New French web forum for NetBSD
- 06 Feb 2004 - Regional-de mailing list
- 01 Feb 2004 - New Developers
- 25 Jan 2004 - Regional-pt mailing list
- 16 Jan 2004 - NewsForge article on installing NetBSD
- 15 Jan 2004 - Regional-ca mailing list
- 13 Jan 2004 - NetBSD Logo Design Contest
- 08 Jan 2004 - Cross-build of src/x11 now possible
- 06 Jan 2004 - JavaStation update: snapshots now available
- 06 Jan 2004 - pkgsrc gets experimental pkgviews
After ten years of NNTP access to mailing lists, the news.gw.com service is being shutdown. It will be taken offline at the end of December 31. Kimmo Suominen reported that he can't justify dedicating more resources to the service, given that there are other good public services.
The anonymous CVS machine (anoncvs.NetBSD.org) is currently unavailable until a random memory corruption problem is resolved or a replacement machine is put in place. For more information, read the announcement to the announce mailing list.
The new stable pkgsrc branch is now pkgsrc-2004Q4. It includes support for OSF1 and DragonFly BSD platforms. The pkgsrc-2004Q3 branch is now deprecated. The pkgsrc-2004Q4 branch is maintained for security fixes. See the message in the tech-pkg mailing list archive for more information about the pkgsrc-2004Q4 branch.
NetBSD Security Advisory SA2004-010 concerning insufficient argument validation in compat code has been released.
Please note, that NetBSD 2.0 is not affected by this advisory.
NetBSD 2.0 continues our long tradition with major improvements in file system and memory management performance, major security enhancements, and support for many new platforms and peripherals.
The addition of a native threads implementation for all platforms and symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) on i386 and other popular platforms were long-standing goals for NetBSD 2.0. Both of these goals have now been met—SMP support has been added for i386, SPARC, and PowerPC, the SMP support on Alpha and VAX has been improved, and the new port to the 64-bit AMD/Opteron also supports SMP.
Many of the FTP Mirrors are now carrying the NetBSD 2.0 distribution.
Please try to use the NetBSD FTP Mirror Site
closest to you. In addition, you may now for the first time use
net/bittorrent to retrieve all available ISO images.
Please see Alistair Crooks' announcement on the tech-pkg mailing list.
Alistair Crooks announced today that the NetBSD Packages Team will start a
freeze on the pkgsrc tree in order to prepare for the release of the fourth
pkgsrc-2004Q4. The freeze will begin on December
6th 2004, and will last for a maximum of 2 weeks, during which the developers
will bring down the PR count and fix problems shown by the bulk builds.
See Alistair's email to the tech-pkg mailing list for more details.
During the conversion of various webpages to XML, Jan Schaumann resurrected the old news items from previous years, which up until now were hidden. These news items make for an interesting read, as they cover a large chunk of NetBSD history, including the release of NetBSD 1.3.2, the announcement of NetBSD supporting USB as the first Open Source Operating System, the original publication of the NetBSD Guide, as well as the dates when various key-developers joined the project and when new ports where added.
The documentation of the NetBSD Packages
Collection, previously located in
moved. After a lot of work, Hubert Feyrer and others have finally converted
it to XML format and we are now able to generate the “pkgsrc guide” in
HTML, PDF and PS formats. A plain text
version is, of course, still available in pkgsrc/doc/pkgsrc.txt.
For more details, please see Hubert Feyrer's post to the tech-pkg mailing list.
NetBSD, frequently used at Stevens Institute of Technology, was used as the main platform for the ACM Greater New York Regional Programming Contest by means of a NetBSD Live CD to ensure a consistent and identical setup for all contestants.
NetBSD 2.0_RC5 has now been tagged. Changes since RC4 include fixes to various COMPAT_ emulations, IP Filter backward compatibility fixes, XFree86, pax(1), rsh(1), hp300 boot blocks, pthread fixes for amd64 and i386, documentation updates.
Binary snapshots of NetBSD 2.0_RC5 are available in the daily builds directory on the main FTP site.
The NetBSD project is pleased to welcome the following new developer:
- Peter Postma (login: peter), who will be working on pf and the NetBSD Packages Collection.
The NetBSD Foundation has selected an official logo for identifying NetBSD. Over 400 logos were submitted by 238 artists for a NetBSD logo contest started early this year. The winning logo was submitted by Grant Bissett, a new media designer from Perth, Western Australia.
Members of the NetBSD Foundation voted for the new logo from a short-list of six submitted designs selected by the logo committee. Characteristics important for the new logo were simplicity, appealing form and color choice, and identification with the project. More details can be found in the official press-release.
A new release candidate RC4 of NetBSD 2.0 has been tagged. The changes since RC3 include fixes for IP Filter (concerning IPv6 and better backwards compatibility with existing configurations), checksum processing for bridge interfaces, support for the Adaptec AAR 2810SA raid controller, linux compatibility and changes to the pagedaemon in order to improve performance under heavy disk load.
To allow for testing of this new release candidate, the final release of NetBSD 2.0 is expected to be pushed back about 1-2 weeks. Binary snapshots will soon be available on the mirrors of the NetBSD release engineering ftp server.
Jan Schaumann published the NetBSD Foundation's third quarterly status report, covering the months July through September of 2004. Among many other things, this status report covers NetBSD version numbering scheme changes and of course upcoming release of NetBSD 2.0. It is available online at https://www.NetBSD.org/foundation/reports/2004Q3.html.
After tagging NetBSD-2.0_RC1 and NetBSD-2.0_RC2, there have been a few pullups that fix some issues with Linux emulation under NetBSD/i386 as well as some installation problems under some of the arm-based ports. This means that the final release of NetBSD 2.0 will need to be pushed back approximately 1-2 weeks to allow for testing of this Release Candidate.
As usual, binary snapshots will soon be available on the release engineering ftp server.
The NetBSD project is pleased to welcome the following new developer:
- Kouichirou Hiratsuka (login: hira), who will be working on the NetBSD Packages Collection and bug fixing.
Christos Zoulas announced that the NetBSD Core Team ratified the proposed changes to the NetBSD version numbering scheme to clarify the relationship between “current” and “release” versions of NetBSD. The major version number will from now on be used to indicate a major release and the minor version number to indicate a minor release.
A detailed explanation of why these changes were necessary and how they are implemented can be found in Christos' message to the tech-kern mailing list.
NetBSD does it again: after the original Internet2 Land Speed Record set by NetBSD in 2004 May 3 was broken, NetBSD shines again: Once more researchers at the Swedish University Network (SUNET) have broken the Internet2 Land Speed Record, using the upcoming version of NetBSD 2.0.
The new records are 124.935 Pbmps in a single stream (was 69.073 Pbmps), and 122.367 Pbmps in multiple streams. NetBSD was used once more due to the “scalability of its TCP code”.
More information about this record including the NetBSD configuration can be found at: http://proj.sunet.se/LSR3-s/ for single stream and http://proj.sunet.se/LSR3-m/ for multiple streams. And the website of the Internet2 Land Speed Record (I2-LSR) competition is located at: http://lsr.internet2.edu/.
The NetBSD Project has had a number of servers hosted at ISC for a while. In the recent press release “Hosted@ISC”, the Internet Systems Consortium cites Christos Zoulas and other Open Source representatives on how this program has helped the many projects using their service. Thanks, ISC!
The NetBSD Releng Team has announced that the first Release Candidate for NetBSD 2.0 (ie NetBSD-2.0_RC1) has been tagged. This is a major milestone in the much anticipated release of NetBSD 2.0: from now on, any pullups must address some form of show-stopping issue to even be considered. The NetBSD Project encourages all users to test the binary snapshots that will soon be available on the release engineering ftp server.
If no pullups are necessary, then the 2.0 release should occur around the middle of October. Any fixes resulting in pullups will cause a second RC cycle to begin and add approximately 1-2 weeks more to the timeline.
The server hosting www.NetBSD.org and mail-index.NetBSD.org suffered a serious hardware failure and is currently offline. The NetBSD Admins team is working on getting the machine up and running, but in the mean time www.NetBSD.org was switched to one of our mirrors. The mailing list index remains temporarily unavailable, but our news gateway at news.NetBSD.org may provide a viable, temporary alternative. The NetBSD Project apologizes for the downtime.
On behalf of the pkgsrc team, Alistair G. Crooks announced today that a new pkgsrc-2004Q3 branch was created, and the freeze on committing to the pkgsrc trunk is now over. This branch, which includes a total of 4959 actively-maintained and supported packages, deprecates the last stable pkgsrc branch (pkgsrc-2004Q2); all maintenance will take place on this new pkgsrc-2004Q3 branch. Please see Alistair's message to the tech-pkg mailing list and our online documentation of the NetBSD Packages Collection for details.
NetBSD Security Advisory SA2004-009 concerning a ftpd root escalation has been released.
The NetBSD project is pleased to welcome the following new developer(s):
- Simas Mockevicius (login: symka), who will be working on website documentation.
- Takehiko NOZAKI (login: tnozaki), who will be working on i18n.
- Ian Lance Taylor (login: ian), who will be working on toolchain and the building process.
James Chacon of the NetBSD release engineering team has sent a report covering the status of the NetBSD 2.0 branch to the netbsd-announce mailing list. The report contains a schedule for the release cycle, and a list of 2.0-specific bugs that need to be closed.
The second edition of NetBSD developer Emmanuel Dreyfus' book entitled “BSD - Coll. Cahiers de l'Admin” has been published. Information on the book (including some chapter preview) is available from the publisher's website.
Jan Schaumann published the NetBSD Foundation's second quarterly status report, covering the months April through June of 2004. Among many other things, this status report addresses the NetBSD Logo Contest and the upcoming release of NetBSD 2.0. It is available online at https://www.NetBSD.org/foundation/reports/2004Q2.html.
The NetBSD Project is pleased to welcome the following new developers:
- Adrian Portelli (login: adrianp), who will be working on the NetBSD Packages Collection.
- Ben Elliston (login: bje), who will be working on the toolchain.
- Brian Ginsbach (login: ginsbach), who will be working on libc_r.
- Steve Rumble (login: rumble), who will be working on the sgimips port.
- John R. Shannon (login: shannonjr), who will be working on the NetBSD Packages Collection.
In order to make further improvements to the sparc64 port, we would like to solicit donations for UltraSPARC III and III+ hardware. If your company or an educational or research institute wants to buy or has a spare system like a Sun Fire V210 dual 1GHz, fully equipped Sun Fire 15000 or similar UltraSPARC III or III+ equipped desktop or server machine, donating it to The NetBSD Foundation to support operating system research would be very welcome. Being a volunteer project with no government or commercial backing, The NetBSD Foundation depends on the support of its users.
Besides support in hardware, monetary support as well as other ways are always welcome, please donate via paypal@NetBSD.org or see our contributions page at https://www.NetBSD.org/contrib/ for further information how organizations as well as individuals can help.
Please contact board@NetBSD.org to arrange donations and shipping of hardware.
Starting Monday, June 7th, 2004, the NetBSD Packages Collection is frozen in order to stabilize pkgsrc on the various supported platforms. See Alistair Crooks' message to the tech-pkg mailing list for details.
NetBSD Security Advisory SA2004-008 concerning a heap overflow in the CVS server has been released.
Hubert Feyrer wrote a report of pkgsrcCon 2004, the first pkgsrc conference that was held from April 30 to May 2, 2004 in Vienna, Austria.
During the last few months Chuck Silvers has refined the support for non-executable mappings. Non-executable mappings make parts of the stack and heap non-executable when they are marked writable. This makes exploiting potential buffer overflows harder.
Since there seems to be some confusion about which platforms support non-executable mappings, we have added a separate page with detailed information about the current state of non-executable mappings.
NetBSD Security Advisory SA2004-007 has been released. The affected component is Systrace (kernel) and affects only users of -current and the netbsd-2-0 branch with sources prior to 2004-04-17.
Researchers at the Swedish University Network (SUNET) have broken the Internet2 Land Speed Record using two Dell 2650 machines with single 2GHz CPUs running NetBSD 2.0 BETA. SUNET transferred around 840 Gigabytes of data in less than 30 minutes, using a single IPv4 TCP stream, between a host at the LuleŚ University of Technology and a host connected to a Sprint PoP in San Jose, CA, USA. The achieved speed was 69.073 Petabit-meters/second. According to the research team, NetBSD was chosen "due to the scalability of the TCP code".
More information about this record including the NetBSD configuration
can be found at:
The website of the Internet2 Land Speed Record (I2-LSR) competition is located at: http://lsr.internet2.edu/
A new pkgsrc-bulk mailing list has been created. As the name suggests, this list will receive reports and build logs of pkgsrc bulk builds under NetBSD's various architectures as well as under other operating systems.
The NetBSD Foundation is proud to announce that it has registered the “NetBSD®” trademark. The foundation would like to thank Jay Michaelson (Wasabi Systems) for filing the application and providing answers to the US Patent Office, and Carl Oppedahl (Oppedahl & Larson) for giving advice and keeping the Foundation informed about the process. An official policy on the use of the NetBSD® trademark is currently being drafted and will be made public soon.
The master FTP site, ftp.NetBSD.org experienced several disk failures on April 13, shortly before 03:00UTC. All data was immediately backed up, replacement disks added to the RAID set, and data restored. The system was back in full service with data recovered on April 16 at 15:00UTC, many thanks to our excellent admins team.
The NetBSD Project apologises for any inconvenience caused, and thanks our users for their understanding during this period.
Jan Schaumann announced today that, in order to provide a summary of the most important changes over the last few months, the NetBSD Foundation has decided to follow the example of other projects of releasing official status reports on a regular basis. The first quarterly status report, covering the activities within the NetBSD Project during the first three months of 2004 is now available online.
On March 11th, Christian Limpach imported a new port into the NetBSD source tree: NetBSD/xen. Xen is a virtual machine monitor for x86 that supports execution of multiple guest operating systems with unprecedented levels of performance and resource isolation. Xen is Open Source software. See http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/SRG/netos/xen/ for more details on Xen or join the port-xen mailing list.
On behalf of the pkgsrc team, Alistair G. Crooks announced today that a new pkgsrc-2004Q1 branch was created last night, and the freeze on committing to the pkgsrc trunk is now over. This branch, which includes some 4518 actively-maintained and supported packages, introduces a self-hosted pkgsrc infrastructure as part of the ever growing support of even more operating systems as well as a number of other goodies. Please see Alistair's message to the netbsd-announce mailing list for details.
James Chacon of the NetBSD Release Engineering team has announced that the Release Engineering process for the much awaited NetBSD 2.0 release has begun! At this time, the expected final release is scheduled for the end of May 2004. Please see James' message to the netbsd-announce mailing list for details.
Thomas Klausner today announced that as of PR number 24866, PRs for the pkg category are now sent only to the new pkgsrc-bugs list, not to the netbsd-bugs list as before.
Please subscribe the pkgsrc-bugs mailing list if you are interested in getting pkgsrc bug reports.
Preliminary support for Interix, a UNIX-like environment for Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, and 2003, has been added to pkgsrc. The support is still new and incomplete, but it is now possible to bootstrap pkgsrc and install simple packages. Interix is part of Microsoft's Windows Services for UNIX package. See Todd Vierling's email to the tech-pkg mailing list for more information.
The NetBSD Project is gearing up for a new release, the much anticipated NetBSD 2.0. You—yes, you—can help make it the best release yet by donating some of your time and attention to it. See Allen Briggs' email to the netbsd-users mailing list for details.
pkgsrcCon is a technical conference for people working on the NetBSD Packages Collection (pkgsrc), focusing on existing technologies, research projects, and works-in-progress in pkgsrc infrastructure. Developers, contributors, and users are all welcome to attend. The conference will be held on April 30 to May 2, 2004 in Vienna, Austria.
For more information, including how to register and how to submit a presentation proposal, please visit http://www.pkgsrcCon.org/.
Matthias Scheler has announced that he has imported XFree86 4.4.0. Various important fixes are scheduled to go into the tree shortly. If you encounter problems with XFree86 4.4.0 you can use the "v4-4-0_beforeimport" tag in "xsrc/xfree" and "src/x11" to downgrade to XFree86 4.3.0. See Matthias' mail to the current-users mailing list for details.
Luke Mewburn has been interviewed by NewsForge, discussing the upcoming 2.0 Release as well as some more general, technical and organizational aspects of his role as a Core member.
We would like to note that the time for submissions to the NetBSD logo competition is over now, and that the NetBSD Executive Committee for Communications will take its time to evaluate the many hundred submissions. Thank you VERY much! Please watch this space for the results.
Many of the FTP Mirrors are now carrying the NetBSD 1.6.2 distribution.
Please try to use the NetBSD FTP Mirror Site
closest to you. In addition, you may now for the first time use
net/bittorrent to retrieve a few select
The torrents are available here.
The NetBSD Foundation held its annual meeting, during which the developers discussed, among other things, how NetBSD progressed over the last year and what is planned for the coming year. The Annual NetBSD Status Report summarizes the meeting.
Bluewall GNU/Linux has announced the release of a Linux distribution that includes the NetBSD pkgsrc distribution. One of the goals of the NetBSD Project's pkgsrc distribution is to be portable to other operating systems and we are pleased to see someone take advantage of that.
Valeriy E. Ushakov recently announced that sh3 ports have been switched to gcc3. This means sh3 ports (such as dreamcast, hpcsh and evbsh3) have shared libs. Thanks to Nick Hudson who did the work on libgcc.
The following security advisories have been issued:
The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that The NetBSD Foundation Inc. now is classified as an Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) publicly-funded non-profit organization.
Donations to the Foundation by US taxable entities are now fully tax-deductible.
For more information about donations to The NetBSD Foundation, please see:
Other contributions are, of course, also always welcome.
The NetBSD-fr team is pleased to introduce a new web forum for French NetBSD users in order to support the NetBSD community.
The NetBSD Project is pleased to welcome the following new developers:
- DaniŽl de Kok (daniel@NetBSD.org), who will be working on the NetBSD Guide and website documentation.
- Jochen Kunz (jkunz@NetBSD.org), who will be working on device drivers, hppa and rs/6000.
- Soren Jacobsen (snj@NetBSD.org), who will be working on the NetBSD Packages Collection.
NewsForge has published an article on getting and installing NetBSD-current. This article discusses why you might want to run the -current branch of NetBSD, how you would go about it, and a bit of what could go wrong.
The NetBSD Project announced today that it has launched an international competition for the creation of a new logo. There is a cash prize of US $100.00 for the winning entry. The successful logo will also have wide exposure, featuring in all NetBSD material including, but not limited to; the NetBSD.org web site, software media, apparel, and business systems. The competition will close on February 29, 2004. The rules of the competition, submission information and the design brief can be found in the official announcement, which has already spawned some discussion on the netbsd-advocacy and current-users MailingLists.
Luke Mewburn announced that it is now possible to cross-build XFree86 4.x on NetBSD-current using the build.sh framework, taking advantage of such features as
- cross compilation
- read-only source tree
- “unprivileged” builds
More details can be found in Luke's message to the current-users MailingList.
NetBSD-current now includes everything needed to run the sparc port on the Sun JavaStation network computer, aka. Mr. Coffee. Daily builds are available and the installation notes include JavaStation-specific information.
The NetBSD Packages Collection aka pkgsrc now has support for an experimental new framework called “pkgviews”. This framework, finally allowing multiple versions of one package to co-exist without conflicts (among other great features), was first proposed by Alistair Crooks at EuroBSDCon 2002 and has been integrated into pkgsrc by Johnny C. Lam, who just posted a User's guide to the tech-pkg MailingList.