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NetBSD

Last Update: 2017-06-23 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.

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Average visitor rating: 8.6/10 from 5 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 2017-06-23 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
CDs -- 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 - 2 1 - 7 CDs
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
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
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) 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)
bind (9.11.1-P1) 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 (9.11.1-P1)
chromium (59.0.3071.109) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (59.0.3071.109)
cups (2.2.3) 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 (2.2.3)
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.4 4.3.4 4.3.3 4.1.1-P1 4.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 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 (1.43.4)
firefox (54.0) 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 (54.0)
freetype (2.8) 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)
gcc (7.1.0) 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 (7.1.0)
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 (2.25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.2)
gnucash (2.6.16) 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 (2.6.16)
gnumeric (1.12.34) 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 (1.12.34)
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+ (3.22.16) 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+ (3.22.16)
httpd (2.4.26) 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 (2.4.26)
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.91 0.91 -- 0.48.0 0.46 0.45.1 0.44 0.43 0.42.2 0.40 -- inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.2) 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 1.0.5 1.0.5 1.0.3 0.12.17 -- -- -- -- k3b (17.04.2)
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 (5.3.4) 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 (5.3.4)
linux (4.11.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.11.7)
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 (10.2.6) 5.5.43 5.5.43 5.5.43 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.6)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.14.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.1.3) 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 (17.1.3)
mysql (5.7.18) 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 (5.7.18)
nautilus (3.24.1) 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 (3.24.1)
NVIDIA (381.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (381.22)
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 (8u131) 1.8.92 8u77 8u66 7u92 svn -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u131)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2 7.2p2 7.1p1 5.5p1 5.1p1 4.7p1 4.3p2 4.2p1 4.2p1 3.9p1 3.4p1 openssh (7.5p1)
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 (5.26.0) 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 (5.26.0)
php (7.1.6) 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 (7.1.6)
plasma-desktop (5.10.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.10.2)
postfix (3.2.2) 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 (3.2.2)
postgresql (9.6.3) 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 (9.6.3)
Python (3.6.1) 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 (3.6.1)
qt (5.9.0) 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 (5.9.0)
samba (4.6.5) 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 (4.6.5)
systemd (233) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (233)
thunderbird (52.2.1) 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 (52.2.1)
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 (4.12.3) 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 (4.12.3)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.3 1.18.2 -- 1.6.5 1.4.2 -- (6.9.0) (6.8.2) (6.8.2) -- -- xorg-server (1.19.3)

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Version: 7.0.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-19
Votes: 0


This is what can be accomplished in the open source landscape. It's truly amazing that this community can make a modern operating system that works on outdated architectures. Well, what can I say next?
If you have some old computer that needs a good ol' kicking, get NetBSD!

It's BSD! A fast, easy to use and polished operating system. Nothing more to say, it's amazing!



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Version: 7.0.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-16
Votes: 0


This is the best kernel to port to different architectures including RISCs, like maker oriented AVRs, & not just CISCs.


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Version: 7.0.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-04-30
Votes: 1


NetBSD is my daily driver. Excellent piece of software. I was a GNU/Linux user since forever and I switched to NetBSD few years ago without looking back.

There is a helpful community, solid development method, strong technical community, conservative model, focus on correctness (thousands of ATF unit tests) and usefulness. There are commercial vendors around this system and the portable package collection (pkgsrc).

This system is improving rapidly and catching up after competitors, not necessarily being the first it usually produces better solutions.

Perfect choice for server, desktop and embedded.


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