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NetBSD

Last Update: 2023-02-01 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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 • 2022-12-20: Development Release: NetBSD 10.0 BETA
 • 2022-08-06: BSD Release: NetBSD 9.3
 • 2021-05-17: BSD Release: NetBSD 9.2
 • 2020-10-20: BSD Release: NetBSD 9.1
 • 2020-04-02: BSD Release: NetBSD 8.2
 • 2020-02-15: BSD Release: NetBSD 9.0
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 • 2019-12-02: Development Release: NetBSD 9.0 RC1
 • 2019-06-05: BSD Release: NetBSD 8.1
 • 2019-05-20: Development Release: NetBSD 8.1 RC1
 • 2018-09-03: BSD Release: NetBSD 7.2
 • 2018-07-21: BSD Release: NetBSD 8.0
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 • 2019-08-19 NetBSD gaining initial Wayland support
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Feature pkgsrc 9.3 8.2 7.2 6.1.5 5.1 5.0 4.0 3.1 3.0 2.1 2.0 1.6 Feature
Release Date 2023-02-01 2022-08-06 2020-04-02 2018-08-30 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       2020-07 2018-08 2015-11               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)   400-600 300-500 300-500                   Image Size (MB)
Free Download pkgsrc ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO 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 Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop                           Default Desktop
Package Management pkgsrc pkgsrc 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 Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice 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 See Ports See Ports Processor Architecture
Init Software other other other other other other other other other other other other other Init Software
Journaled File Systems FFS FFS FFS FFS FFS FFS FFS             Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                           Multilingual
Asian Language Support                           Asian Language Support
Full Package List pkgsrc 9.3 8.2 7.2 6.1.5 5.1 5.0 4.0 3.1 3.0 2.1 2.0 1.6 Full Package List
Package pkgsrc 9.3 8.2 7.2 6.1.5 5.1 5.0 4.0 3.1 3.0 2.1 2.0 1.6 Package
abiword (3.0.5) 3.0.5 3.0.5 3.0.4 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 (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.8) 1.2.7.2 1.2.7.2 1.1.4.1 1.1.4.1 1.0.27.2 1.0.22 1.0.18 -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.2.8)
amdgpu (22.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (22.40)
bash (5.2.15) 5.2.15 5.1.16 5.0 4.4 4.3 4.1 4.0 3.2 3.1 3.0.16 3.0 2.05b 2.05 bash (5.2.15)
bind (9.18.11) 9.18.9 9.16.31 9.14.11 9.10.8-P1 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 (9.18.11)
chromium (109.0.5414.119) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (109.0.5414.119)
cups (2.4.2) 2.4.2 2.4.2 2.3.1 2.2.8 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 (2.4.2)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3-P1 4.4.3 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.3 4.1.1-P1 4.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.46.5) 1.46.4 1.46.4 1.43.7 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 (1.46.5)
firefox (109.0.1) 91.13.0 103.0.1 74.0 61.0.2 24.8.1 3.6.11 3.0.9 2.0.0.8 1.5.0.7 1.5 1.0.7 -- -- firefox (109.0.1)
freetype (2.12.1) 2.12.1 2.12.1 2.10.1 2.9.1 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 (2.12.1)
gcc (12.2.0) 9.5.0 12.1.0 9.2.0 8.1.0 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 (12.2.0)
gimp (2.10.32) 2.10.32 2.10.32 2.10.18 2.10.6 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 (2.10.32)
glibc (2.37) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.37)
gnome-shell (43.2) 40.2 40.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (43.2)
gnucash (4.13) 4.13 4.11 3.9 3.2 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 (4.13)
gnumeric (1.12.54) 1.12.53 1.12.48 1.12.46 1.12.42 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 (1.12.54)
grub (2.06) 2.04 2.04 2.02 2.02 2.00 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.92 grub (2.06)
gtk (4.8.3) -- 4.6.6 3.24.16 3.22.20 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 (4.8.3)
httpd (2.4.55) 2.4.55 2.4.54 2.4.41 2.4.34 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 (2.4.55)
inkscape (1.2.2) 1.2.1 1.2.1 0.92.4 0.92.2 -- 0.48.0 0.46 0.45.1 0.44 0.43 0.42.2 0.40 -- inkscape (1.2.2)
k3b (22.12.1) 22.08.1 20.12.3 19.12.1 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 1.0.5 1.0.5 1.0.3 0.12.17 -- -- -- -- k3b (22.12.1)
kmod (30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (30)
krita (5.1.5) 4.4.8 4.4.8 4.1.3 4.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.1.5)
libreoffice (7.4.5) 7.4.4 7.3.3 6.4.2 6.1.0 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 (7.4.5)
linux (6.1.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (6.1.9)
Package pkgsrc 9.3 8.2 7.2 6.1.5 5.1 5.0 4.0 3.1 3.0 2.1 2.0 1.6 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) 0.10.1 0.10.1 0.10.0 0.9.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (10.10.2) 10.6.11 10.6.8 5.5.57 5.5.57 5.5.43 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.10.2)
mate-desktop (1.26.0) 1.26.0 1.24.1 1.22.2 1.20.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.26.0)
mesa (22.3.4) 21.3.9 21.3.9 20.0.2 11.2.2 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 (22.3.4)
mysql (8.0.32) 8.0.31 8.0.24 5.7.29 5.7.23 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 (8.0.32)
nautilus (43.2) 3.38.1 3.38.1 -- 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 (43.2)
NVIDIA (525.85.05) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (525.85.05)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 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 (19.0.2) 16 17.0.3 13.0.2 8u172 8u66 7u92 svn -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (19.0.2)
openssh (9.1p1) 9.1p1 9.0p1 8.0p1 7.6p1 7.1p1 5.5p1 5.1p1 4.7p1 4.3p2 4.2p1 4.2p1 3.9p1 3.4p1 openssh (9.1p1)
openssl (3.0.7) 1.1.1s 1.1.1q 1.1.1f 1.0.2o 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 (3.0.7)
perl (5.36.0) 5.36.0 5.36.0 5.30.2 5.28.0 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 (5.36.0)
php (8.2.2) 8.2.1 8.1.9 7.2.29 7.2.9 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 (8.2.2)
plasma-desktop (5.26.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.26.5)
postfix (3.7.4) 3.7.4 3.7.2 3.4.9 3.3.1 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 (3.7.4)
postgresql (15.1) 15.1 14.4 12.2 10.5 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 (15.1)
Python (3.11.1) 3.9.16 3.10.6 3.8.2 3.7.3 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 (3.11.1)
qt (6.4.2) 6.4.1 5.15.5 5.14.1 5.11.1 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 (6.4.2)
samba (4.17.5) 4.17.5 4.16.3 4.11.6 4.6.8 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 (4.17.5)
systemd (252.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (252.5)
thunderbird (102.7.1) 78.12.0 78.12.0 68.6.0 52.9.1 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 (102.7.1)
vim (9.0) 9.0 8.2 8.2 8.1 7.4 7.2 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.4 6.3 6.3 6.1 vim (9.0)
vlc (3.0.18) 3.0.18 3.0.17.4 3.0.8 2.2.6 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 (3.0.18)
wayland (1.21.0) 1.21.0 1.18.0 1.18.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.21.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.18.0 4.16.0 4.14.0 4.12.4 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 (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.6) 21.1.6 21.1.4 1.20.4 1.20.1 1.18.2 1.6.5 1.4.2 -- (6.9.0) (6.8.2) (6.8.2) -- -- xorg-server (21.1.6)

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Version: 9.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-05-04
Votes: 2


Pro tip: don't use the installer - you're way better off just booting a kernel and extract the software distributions to /usr.

Once you master the couple of (admittedly annoying) quirks, it is a nice system to use, especially if you want to learn UNIX basics and/or are running your OS on an obscure platform.

I find it portable, (mostly) standards-compliant, fast (at least when compared to other BSDs), easy to upgrade, easy to administer, and reasonably secure. It also gives you great flexibility for building software - the pkgsrc software collection is developed in NetBSD for a reason. I can only recommend it, especially if you are a well-versed UNIX admin.


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Version: 9.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2022-02-08
Votes: 3


At work I find myself using this OS for projects more often. If you've done system administration on FreeBSD (and I mean actual system administration in a terminal) you should be just fine. There are differences but they are minor, and easy to pick up. The guide and manual pages are very well written. Building the system/kernel is simple. Using CVS might bring back memories. NPF syntax seems a little weird compared to PF but you get used to it. One thing you'll notice is that your /dev tree lists all devices whether they're attached or not. It's ok though, you can check with sysctl or dmesg. This OS is reliable and gets the job done.

GUI lovers, I don't know (nor do I care) how it is setting up a GUI or how it performs. You should probably just stick to Ubuntu rather than infecting another OS with desktop crap.


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Version: 9.2
Rating: 1
Date: 2021-05-26
Votes: 0


I really wanted to like this OS, but there are just far too many problems with it. I had to run the installer multiple times because it would randomly crash for no apparent reason. I finally got it properly installed, and setting it up was a breeze. Pkgsrc provided everything that I needed for a daily use set-up. Unfortunately, little bugs started to rear their head the more that I used it. DHCP would randomly go down for no reason at all, and using the command line to bring it back up would fail. X11 would randomly freeze up and/or crash, and the kernel would randomly show weird errors. Some days the errors would show up, and other days no errors whatsoever. I can deal with all of those little things because no OS is perfect. What I couldn't deal with, however, was a huge kernel panic that brought the entire system crashing down. Ok, no big deal, kernel panics happen every now and then....but when I rebooted, the entire /etc was corrupted. No more rc.conf or fstab. Great. Tried to run fsck, but no luck, of course (missing fstab). Somehow, rc.d was also corrupted. Tried to reboot again, but got nothing but garbled characters and eventually a root shell. Used the root shell to mount a usb drive, transfer some files over, and then poweroff. Totally unacceptable.


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