NetBSD is een Unix-achtig besturingssysteem die zijn oorsprong in de 386BSD 0.1-tak kent. De eerste versie, NetBSD 0.8, werd op 21 april 1993 uitgebracht en heeft zich sindsdien steeds verder ontwikkeld. Van de bekende BSD-varianten FreeBSD, OpenBSD en NetBSD kan de laatstgenoemde op de meeste platformen gedraaid worden. De ontwikkelaars hebben alweer even geleden versie 5.1 van NetBSD uitgebracht en de bijbehorende aankondiging ziet er als volgt uit:
On behalf of the NetBSD developers, I am pleased to announce that NetBSD 5.1 is available for download. NetBSD 5.1 is the first feature update of the NetBSD 5.0 release branch. It includes security and bug fixes, as well as improved hardware support and new features.
Some highlights include:
For full details, please see the release notes at:
- RAIDframe parity maps, which greatly improve parity rewrite times after unclean shutdown
- X.Org updates
- Support for many more network devices
- Xen PAE dom0 support
- Xen PCI pass-through support
ISO and USB images can be downloaded using BitTorrent, and we encourage users who wish to install via ISO/USB images to take advantage of this, as the images are very well seeded.
Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 5.1 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:
NetBSD 5.1 is dedicated to the memory of Martti Kuparinen, who was the victim of a traffic accident in June 2010.
Martti's technical contributions are too many to list here in full. He created and maintained numerous packages in pkgsrc, updated two packet filter solutions distributed with NetBSD and improved several hardware drivers. Beyond that, he was always helpful and friendly. His example encouraged users to contribute to the project and share their work with the community. Some of these users later became NetBSD developers themselves thanks to Martti's efforts.
The NetBSD Foundation would like to thank all those who have contributed code, hardware, documentation, funds, colocation for our servers, web pages and other documentation, release engineering, and other resources over the years. More information on the people who make NetBSD happen is available at:
We would like to especially thank the University of California at Berkeley and the GNU Project for particularly large subsets of code that we use. We would also like to thank the Internet Systems Consortium Inc., the Network Security Lab at Columbia University's Computer Science Department, and Ludd (Luleaa Academic Computer Society) computer society at Luleaa University of Technology for current colocation services.