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NetBSD

Last Update: 2017-10-22 12:20 UTC


NetBSD is a free, secure, and highly portable UNIX-like Open Source operating system available for many platforms, from 64-bit AlphaServers and desktop systems to handheld and embedded devices. Its clean design and advanced features make it excellent in both production and research environments, and it is user-supported with complete source. Many applications are easily available through The NetBSD Packages Collection.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 133 (68), 6 months: 181 (41), 3 months: 174 (40), 4 weeks: 150 (41), 1 week: 143 (44)

Average visitor rating: 9.13/10 from 8 review(s).


NetBSD Summary
Distribution NetBSD
Home Page http://www.netbsd.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.netbsd.org/MailingLists/
User Forums DaemonForums (Unofficial)
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.netbsd.org/Documentation/
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Download Mirrors http://www.netbsd.org/mirrors/#isohttp://www.netbsd.org/mirrors/torrents/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://www.netbsd.org/Misc/send-pr.html
Related Websites NetBSD Online StoreNetBSD SwedenBSD NewsletterBSD DevCenterBSD GuidesSuper User's BSD Cross ReferrenceManual PagesBSDForen.de (German) • Wikipedia
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-03-15: BSD Release: NetBSD 7.1
 • 2016-10-27: BSD Release: NetBSD 7.0.2
 • 2016-05-28: BSD Release: NetBSD 7.0.1
 • 2015-10-08: BSD Release: NetBSD 7.0
 • 2015-08-18: Development Release: NetBSD 7.0-RC3
 • 2015-07-28: Development Release: NetBSD 7.0 RC2
 • 2015-06-21: Development Release: NetBSD 7.0 RC1
 • 2014-11-21: BSD Releases: NetBSD 5.2.3, 5.1.5
 • 2014-10-07: BSD Releases: NetBSD 6.1.5, 6.0.6
 • 2014-04-19: BSD Release: NetBSD 6.1.4
 • 2014-01-28: BSD Release: NetBSD 6.1.3
 • 2013-09-30: BSD Releases: NetBSD 6.1.2, 6.0.3
 • More NetBSD releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-02-20 NetBSD gets reproducible builds
 •2016-06-06 NetBSD's code growth
 •2016-04-28 NetBSD gains ASLR
 • More NetBSD headlines...

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Feature pkgsrc 7.0.2 6.1.5 5.1 5.0 4.0 3.1 3.0 2.1 2.0 1.6 Feature
Release Date 2017-10-22 2016-10-27 2014-09-22 2010-11-19 2009-04-29 2007-12-19 2006-11-04 2005-12-23 2005-11-02 2004-12-09 2002-09-16 Release Date
End Of Life       2015-11               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)   371-404                   Image Size (MB)
Free Download pkgsrc pkgsrc pkgsrc pkgsrc pkgsrc ISO pkgsrc ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop                       Default Desktop
Package Management pkgsrc pkgsrc pkgsrc pkgsrc pkgsrc pkgsrc pkgsrc pkgsrc pkgsrc pkgsrc pkgsrc Package Management
Release Model Rolling Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture See Ports See Ports See Ports See Ports See Ports See Ports See Ports See Ports See Ports See Ports See Ports Processor Architecture
Init Software other other other other other other other other other other other Init Software
Journaled File Systems FFS FFS FFS FFS FFS             Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                       Multilingual
Asian Language Support                       Asian Language Support
Full Package List pkgsrc   6.1.5 5.1 5.0 4.0 3.1 3.0 2.1 2.0 1.6 Full Package List
Package pkgsrc 7.0.2 6.1.5 5.1 5.0 4.0 3.1 3.0 2.1 2.0 1.6 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 2.6.8 2.4.6 2.4.6 2.4.5 2.4.1 2.4.1 2.0.5 1.0.2 abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.1 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.22 1.0.18 -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.12) 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.1 4.0 3.2 3.1 3.0.16 3.0 2.05b 2.05 bash (4.4.12)
bind (9.11.2) 9.10.3-P4 9.10.3-P3 9.10.3-P3 9.7.2-P2 9.6.0-P1 9.4.1-pl1 9.3.2 9.3.1 9.3.1 9.2.3 9.2.1 bind (9.11.2)
chromium (62.0.3202.62) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (62.0.3202.62)
cups (2.2.5) 2.1.4 2.1.3 2.1.2 1.4.3 1.3.9 1.2.12 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.20 1.1.14 cups (2.2.5)
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.4 4.3.4 4.3.3 4.1.1-P1 4.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.41.12 1.41.12 1.41.12 1.40.7 1.40.7 1.39 1.32 1.32 1.32 1.32 1.19 e2fsprogs (1.43.7)
firefox (56.0.1) 47.0 46.0 24.8.1 3.6.11 3.0.9 2.0.0.8 1.5.0.7 1.5 1.0.7 -- -- firefox (56.0.1)
freetype (2.8.1) 2.6.3 2.6.2 2.6 2.4.2 2.3.8 2.3.5 2.2.1 2.1.10 2.1.10 2.1.9 1.3.1 freetype (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) 5.3.0 5.3.0 5.3.0 3.3.6 3.3.6 3.3.6 3.3.6 3.3.5 3.3.5 3.3.4 2.95.3 gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.16 2.8.16 2.8.16 2.6.10 2.6.6 2.2.17 2.2.13 2.2.9 2.2.8 2.0.4 1.2.3 gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.1)
gnucash (2.6.18-1) 2.6.12 2.6.11 2.6.9 2.2.9 2.2.9 2.2.1 2.0.1 1.8.12 1.8.11 1.8.8 1.6.6 gnucash (2.6.18-1)
gnumeric (1.12.35) 1.12.23 1.12.23 1.12.23 1.10.10 1.8.4 1.6.3 1.6.3 1.6.1 1.4.3 1.2.13 1.0.9 gnumeric (1.12.35)
grub (2.02) 2.00 2.00 2.00 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.92 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.24) 3.20.6 3.16.7 3.16.7 2.22.0 2.16.0 2.12.0 2.10.3 2.8.9 2.6.10 2.4.10 2.0.5 gtk+ (3.22.24)
httpd (2.4.28) 2.4.20 2.4.18 2.4.17 2.2.16 2.2.11 2.2.6 2.0.59 2.0.55 2.0.55 2.0.52 2.0.39 httpd (2.4.28)
inkscape (0.92.2) 0.91 0.91 -- 0.48.0 0.46 0.45.1 0.44 0.43 0.42.2 0.40 -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.2) 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 1.0.5 1.0.5 1.0.3 0.12.17 -- -- -- -- k3b (17.08.2)
kmod (24) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.30.0 2.26.0 2.18.0 2.16.0 2.12.0.1 2.10.1 2.6.1.2 -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.2) 5.1.3 5.1.1 4.4.7 3.1.1 3.0.1 2.3.0 1.1.5 2.0.0 1.1.4 1.1.2 641 libreoffice (5.4.2)
linux (4.13.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.13.9)
Package pkgsrc 7.0.2 6.1.5 5.1 5.0 4.0 3.1 3.0 2.1 2.0 1.6 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.9) 5.5.43 5.5.43 5.5.43 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.9)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.14.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.2.3) 7.11.2 7.11.2 7.11.2 7.4.4 7.0.4.1 6.4.2 6.4.2 6.2.1 6.2.1 6.0.1 -- mesa (17.2.3)
mysql (5.7.20) 5.6.31 5.6.29 5.6.28 5.1.51 5.0.67 5.0.51 5.0.26 5.0.16 4.1.13 4.0.20 3.23.49 mysql (5.7.20)
nautilus (3.26.0) 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.30.1 2.26.0 2.18.3 2.16.0 2.12.1 2.10.1 2.6.3 -- nautilus (3.26.0)
NVIDIA (384.90) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (384.90)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6 3.6 3.4.11.2 3.4.7.2 3.4.4 3.3.1 3.2 3.2 3.2 -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u151) 1.8.92 8u77 8u66 7u92 svn -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u151)
openssh (7.6p1) 7.2p2 7.2p2 7.1p1 5.5p1 5.1p1 4.7p1 4.3p2 4.2p1 4.2p1 3.9p1 3.4p1 openssh (7.6p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2h 1.0.2h 1.0.2e 0.9.8o 0.9.8k 0.9.7i 0.9.7i 0.9.7i 0.9.7i 0.9.6m 0.9.6g openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.0 5.22.1 5.22.0 5.12.2 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.7 5.8.7 5.8.4 5.8.0 perl (5.26.1)
php (7.1.10) 7.0.7 5.6.22 7.0.4 5.3.3 5.2.9 5.2.5 5.1.6 5.1.1 5.0.5 4.3.8 4.1.2 php (7.1.10)
plasma-desktop (5.11.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.11.1)
postfix (3.2.3) 3.0.2 3.0.2 3.0.2 2.7.1 2.5.6 2.4.6 2.3.3 2.2.6 2.2.5 2.1.4 1.1.11 postfix (3.2.3)
postgresql (10.0) 9.5.3 9.5.2 9.4.6 9.0.1 8.3.7 8.2.5 8.1.5 8.0.4 8.0.3 7.4.3 7.2.1 postgresql (10.0)
Python (3.6.3) 3.5.1 3.5.1 3.5.1 2.6.6 2.5.2 2.4.4 2.4.3 2.4.2 2.4.1 2.3.4 2.2.1 Python (3.6.3)
qt (5.9.2) 5.5.1 5.5.1 5.5.1 4.6.3 3.3.8 3.3.8 3.3.6 3.3.5 3.3.4 3.3.3 3.0.4 qt (5.9.2)
samba (4.7.0) 4.3.9 4.3.9 4.3.3 3.3.14 3.0.34 3.0.26a 3.0.22 3.0.20b 3.0.14a 3.0.8 2.2.5 samba (4.7.0)
systemd (235) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (235)
thunderbird (52.4.0) 45.1.1 38.7.1 24.8.1 3.1.3 2.0.0.21 2.0.0.9 1.5.0.7 1.0.7 1.0.7 cvs -- thunderbird (52.4.0)
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.2 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.4 6.3 6.3 6.1 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.3 2.2.1 2.0.9 1.0.6 0.9.8a 0.8.5 0.8.5 0.7.2 0.7.2 0.7.2 -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.6.1 4.4.3 4.4.1 4.2.3.2 4.2.3.2 4.2.2 4.0.6 3.8.16 xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.18.3 1.18.2 -- 1.6.5 1.4.2 -- (6.9.0) (6.8.2) (6.8.2) -- -- xorg-server (1.19.5)

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Version: 7.0.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-10-15
Votes: 10


I've been using NetBSD since version 3, and it has been serving me extremely well. It's stable, it's efficient, and it's reliable. I use it for hosting internet sites (which run mod_perl2, libapreq2, PHP, Java, etc.), and also as an internal corporate networking server (with Samba, OpenVPN, DHCPd, PostgreSQL, an intranet site using Apache HTTPd, etc.).

The introduction of FFSv2 with journaling support made things even better for a fast recovery after a power loss or due to a user accidentally pressing the reset button because processing a handful of file system transaction rollbacks takes seconds rather than the more intensive 10-90 minutes required to run a complete file system check (the time varies depending on the number of files).

I greatly appreciate the excellent work that everyone involved in NetBSD does to make it such a great and wonderful Operating System. Thank you.

Randolf Richardson - randolf@richardson.tw
Beautiful British Columbia, Canada
https://www.randolfrichardson.com/



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Version: 7.0.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-14
Votes: 2


When an innovation limits the audience NetBSD can reach, it is not implemented until that limitation is removed. The exception is when the limitation is the users own ability to implement the system they want. There are already plenty of systems filling that gap. This means that you may have to fit NetBSD into that spot. For some this means not production ready. For others this means not being limited by some other persons idea of production ready.
NetBSD takes time, to determine the best way to integrate new innovations into the system. Some new improvement is not likely to eliminate your ability to continue using NetBSD.
If something you need is missing, it probably just hasn't been ported over to Pkgsrc yet. If you can't do that, then maybe NetBSD is not for you.
If you are passionate about owning the system you use, NetBSD is the place for you. Just keep in mind that if you want to be a NetBSD developer, your development needs to allow others that same ownership.
The opensource spirit, with the Unix and KISS philosophy still intact.


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Version: 7.0.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-07-25
Votes: 1


A powerful research environment. Especially if you're doing research: you can focus in the work and find a variety of ways to do it. Alongside with pkgsrc almost everything works out-of-the-box. It also has got an impressive and friendly community. Other aspects have been written in the other reviews...
Con: the only "con" NBSD "has" is this: if you're used to others handle your problems, used to solve things by clicking and you're lazy enough to read, NBSD might be not for you.
NetBSD is a delighting experience to work with, even if you're just browsing the net.



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