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Last Update: 2018-05-23 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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Distribution NetBSD
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-04-24: Development Release: NetBSD 8.0 RC1
 • 2018-03-19: BSD Release: NetBSD 7.1.2
 • 2017-12-28: BSD Release: NetBSD 7.1.1
 • 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
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 •2018-02-05 NetBSD security fixes
 •2017-10-23 NetBSD experiments with KASLR
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Feature pkgsrc 7.1.2 6.1.5 5.1 5.0 4.0 3.1 3.0 2.1 2.0 1.6 Feature
Release Date 2018-05-23 2018-03-17 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 7.1.2 6.1.5 5.1 5.0 4.0 3.1 3.0 2.1 2.0 1.6 Full Package List
Package pkgsrc 7.1.2 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 (1.1.6) 1.1.1 1.1.4.1 1.0.27.2 1.0.22 1.0.18 -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.6)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.18) 4.3 2.05 4.3 4.1 4.0 3.2 3.1 3.0.16 3.0 2.05b 2.05 bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.12.1) 9.10.3-P4 9.10.6 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 (9.12.1)
chromium (66.0.3359.181) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (66.0.3359.181)
cups (2.2.7) 2.1.4 1.5.4 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 (2.2.7)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.4 4.3.4 4.3.3 4.1.1-P1 4.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.41.12 1.43.7 1.41.12 1.40.7 1.40.7 1.39 1.32 1.32 1.32 1.32 1.19 e2fsprogs (1.44.2)
firefox (60.0.1) 47.0 3.6.28 24.8.1 3.6.11 3.0.9 2.0.0.8 1.5.0.7 1.5 1.0.7 -- -- firefox (60.0.1)
freetype (2.9.1) 2.6.3 1.5 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 (2.9.1)
gcc (8.1.0) 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 (8.1.0)
gimp (2.10.2) 2.8.16 2.8.22 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 (2.10.2)
glibc (2.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.27)
gnome-shell (3.28.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.28.2)
gnucash (3.1-1) 2.6.12 2.6.19 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 (3.1-1)
gnumeric (1.12.41) 1.12.23 1.10.17 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 (1.12.41)
grub (2.02) 2.00 0.97 2.00 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.92 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.20.6 2.24.32 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+ (3.22.30)
httpd (2.4.33) 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 (2.4.33)
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.91 0.92.2 -- 0.48.0 0.46 0.45.1 0.44 0.43 0.42.2 0.40 -- inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.04.1) 2.0.3a 2.0.3 2.0.3a 1.0.5 1.0.5 1.0.3 0.12.17 -- -- -- -- k3b (18.04.1)
kmod (25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.0.3) --                     krita (4.0.3)
libreoffice (6.0.4) 5.1.3 6.0.2.1 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 (6.0.4)
linux (4.16.11) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.16.11)
Package pkgsrc 7.1.2 6.1.5 5.1 5.0 4.0 3.1 3.0 2.1 2.0 1.6 Package
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.8.2 0.99.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.2.15) 5.5.43 5.5.43 5.5.43 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.15)
mate-desktop (1.20.1) 1.14.1 1.18.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.1)
mesa (18.1.0) 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 (18.1.0)
mysql (8.0.11) 5.6.31 5.1.73 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 (8.0.11)
nautilus (3.28.1) 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 (3.28.1)
NVIDIA (390.48) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (390.48)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 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 (10.0.1) 1.8.92 1.7.141 8u66 7u92 svn -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (10.0.1)
openssh (7.7p1) 7.2p2 7.6.1 7.1p1 5.5p1 5.1p1 4.7p1 4.3p2 4.2p1 4.2p1 3.9p1 3.4p1 openssh (7.7p1)
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.2h 1.0.2n 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 (1.1.0h)
perl (5.26.2) 5.24.0 5.26.1 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 (5.26.2)
php (7.2.5) 7.0.7 5.6.34 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 (7.2.5)
plasma-desktop (5.12.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.12.5)
postfix (3.3.1) 3.0.2 3.2.5 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 (3.3.1)
postgresql (10.4) 9.5.3 1.30 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 (10.4)
Python (3.6.5) 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 (3.6.5)
qt (5.10.1) 5.5.1 5.10.1 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 (5.10.1)
samba (4.8.2) 4.3.9 3.6.25 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 (4.8.2)
systemd (238) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (238)
thunderbird (52.8.0) 45.1.1 52.6.0 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 (52.8.0)
vim (8.1) 7.4 8.0 7.4 7.2 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.4 6.3 6.3 6.1 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.2) 2.2.3 2.0.9 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 (3.0.2)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.12.0 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 (1.20.0) 1.18.3 1.18.2 -- 1.6.5 1.4.2 -- (6.9.0) (6.8.2) (6.8.2) -- -- xorg-server (1.20.0)

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Version: 7.1.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-05-22
Votes: 0


NetBSD can be a fun hobby grade OS to play around with,
assuming that you have a lot of patience and time.
It took me a while to figure out,(looking through man pages and documentation),
but I got an old desktop to work as a WiFi extender

by appending to, or creating files
(for rc.conf)
dhcpcd=YES
dhcpcd_flags="-qM run0"
wpa_supplicant=YES
wpa_supplicant_flags="-i run0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf"
pf=YES (used PF for NAT)
auto_ifconfig=yes
ifconfig_urtwn0="inet 10.0.3.1 netmask 255.255.255.0"
ifconfig_rtk0="inet 192.168.3.1 netmask 255.255.255.0"
hostapd=YES
dhcpd=YES

(added to sysctl.conf)
net.inet.ip.forwarding=1

created file
/var/db/dhcpd.leases

created appropriate
dhcpd.conf (using main router for DNS),
wpa_supplicant.conf,hostapd.conf,and pf.conf files.
and it worked! (note that the wireless speeds were


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Version: 7.1.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-05-07
Votes: 0


I'm writing a review for 7.1.2 because i wasn't given the option to pick out NetBSD-current (which is what i use)

NetBSD just happens to be for me the best OS to put on a laptop with limited spec or on embedded devices (I have it on Rpi3, BeagleBone Black). A clean, secure, reliable, extremely lightweight, yet well-performing system with tons of surprising tools included in the best system. It results most suited for older/low-specs laptops (though current hardware support allow it to run on many modern laptops, not as many as Linux obviously), legacy archs (above all MIPS, SPARC64, VAX, i486, PPc, PC98) which rarely get serious support outside BSDs, development (many new users I see are young developers), embedded devices, small servers, routers and firewalls

Great support on mailing lists
I wished more software were available in repo (that's my only true con), but my overall vote is 10/10


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Version: 7.1.1
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-02-10
Votes: 1


The last review pretty much sums up NetBSD 7.1.1 pretty well.
It is great for learning, but not stable enough for a production environment.

Too many "hacks" to get working

such as for Firefox (Nightly) audio, the only way I can get sound is to compile from source after
# echo 'PKG_OPTIONS.firefox += pulseaudio' >> /etc/mk.conf
otherwise without, or installing binary package will produce no sound
(check # make show-options before/after in /usr/pkgsrc/www/firefox)

for using pkgin to install binary packages you need to change
in /usr/pkg/etc/pkgin/repositories.conf

ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/pkgsrc/packages/NetBSD/$arch/7.1.1/All
to
ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/pkgsrc/packages/NetBSD/$arch/7.1/All

to use xdm
in addition to xdm=YES in /etc/rc.conf and ln -s .xinitrc ~/.xsession
you need add to /etc/X11/xdm/xdm-config

DisplayManager*authName: MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1

and doing a full upgrade with
# sysbuild build
# sysupgrade auto ~/sysbuild/release/$(uname -m)

broke my system, lost ("not found" commands)
tab completion
dmesg
disklabel
mount
up arrow in terminal

So basically my install is done
maybe will try an older stable version
like 6.1.5



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