Announcing NetBSD 1.6.1
The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that release 1.6.1 of the
NetBSD operating system is now available.
About NetBSD 1.6.1
NetBSD 1.6.1 is a maintenance release for users of NetBSD 1.6
which provides the following updates relative to 1.6:
- A number of security
issues have been fixed.
- Some performance fixes have been incorporated.
- Improved device support in some existing drivers.
- Some new device drivers have been added.
- The evbsh3 port has been added to
the binary distribution.
- Some minor userland fixes have been applied.
The NetBSD 1.6.1 distribution consists of the full NetBSD source,
binary releases for 40 ports including the X Window System, and the
Collection 1.6.1 release.
A complete list of changes are available in the CHANGES-1.6.1 file
in top directory of the NetBSD 1.6.1 release tree. Also, included
later in this announcement is a list of the major changes in NetBSD
Complete source and binaries are available at many sites around the
world. You can download NetBSD via FTP, AnonCVS, SUP and other methods
from a mirror site near you.
The NetBSD operating system is a full-featured, open source,
UNIX-like operating system descended from the Berkeley Networking
Release 2 (Net/2), 4.4BSD-Lite, and 4.4BSD-Lite2. NetBSD runs on
52 different system architectures featuring 17 machine
architectures across 11 distinct CPU families, and it being ported
to more. The NetBSD 1.6.1 release contains complete binary releases
for 40 different machine types.
NetBSD is a highly integrated system. In addition to its highly
portable, high performance kernel, NetBSD features a complete set of
user utilities, compilers for several languages, the X Window System,
firewall software and numerous other tools, all accompanied by full
source code. The NetBSD Packages
Collection contains over 3500 packages and binary package
releases for a number of platforms are currently in progress.
More information on the goals of the NetBSD Project can be
procured from the NetBSD web site at:
NetBSD is free. All of the code is under non-restrictive licenses,
and may be used without paying royalties to anyone. Free support
services are available via our mailing lists and web site. Commercial
support is available from a variety of sources; some are listed at:
More extensive information on NetBSD is available from the NetBSD
NetBSD is the work of a diverse group of people spread around the
world. The `Net' in our name is a tribute to the Internet, which
enables us to communicate and share code, and without which the
project would not exist.
System families supported by NetBSD 1.6.1
Above NetBSD 1.6, the 1.6.1 release
adds a binary distribution for the evbsh3 port, making a total of 40
binary ports released.
Major Changes Between 1.6 and 1.6.1
The complete list of changes can be found in the CHANGES-1.6.1
file in the top directory of the source tree.
Some highlights include:
- Support for some newer Ultra/133 controllers has been added to
- Hardware random number support for some Intel chipsets has been
- Support for additional Adaptec RAID controllers has been
added to aac(4).
- A number of bugs in the VM system have been fixed.
- Bug fixes to audio(4), dpt(4), eap(4), emuxki(4), iop(4),
siop(4) and umass(4).
- Some Linux compatibility bugs have been fixed.
- A number of USB bugs have been fixed.
- IPv6 fixes to various tools.
- Bug fixes to the fxp(4), sip(4), tlp(4), rtk(4), wi(4) and xi(4)
- Enhancements to the aue(4), fxp(4), pcn(4), wi(4) and wm(4)
- A driver for Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet cards has been added,
- IP Filter has been updated to 3.4.29 and bugs fixed.
- Some IPsec bugs have been fixed (from KAME).
- Some ftpd(8) interoperability bugs have been fixed.
- A number of pppoe(4) bugs have been fixed.
- A number of FFS and NFS bugs have been fixed.
- Some NFSv3 fixes have been applied to amd(8).
- Some fsck(8) bugs have been fixed.
- BIND has been updated to 8.3.4 and security patches applied
to named(8) and the libc resolver.
- Various security patches have been applied to sendmail.
- OpenSSL has been updated to 0.9.6g and a number of security
- A potential buffer overflow in zlib has been fixed.
- Buffer overflow bugs in file(1) have been fixed.
- Some Kerberos 4 security bugs have been addressed.
- A umask security problem in GNU tar(1) has been fixed.
System administration and user tools
- Various bugs in user(8) have been fixed.
- The pkg_* tools have been updated, adding new features and
fixing a number of bugs.
And of course there have also been innumerable bug fixes and other
- Bug fixes to sysinst, the NetBSD installer.
- Various fixes to the toolchain and build process.
- Various fixes to the rc.d subsystem.
- A large number of sparc64
fixes have been applied.
- Timezone files have been updated to tz2002d.
- Many new packages have been added to The NetBSD
packages collection, including the latest open source
desktop KDE3, OpenOffice.org, as well
as a large number of bugs fixed, many addressing security
Please note that at the moment, sysinst will not assist you in
installing pre-built third-party binary packages or the pkgsrc
system itself. See the NetBSD packages
Lastly, it should be noted that the X11 binaries shipped in NetBSD
1.6.1 for cats, i386 and macppc are based on XFree86 4.2.1,
other ports are based on XFree86 3.3.6. You may at compile
time pick which sources to build and install.
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 contributors
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, and the Internet Software Consortium, Redback Networks
and the Helsinki University of Technology for current colocation
About the NetBSD Foundation
The NetBSD Foundation was chartered in 1995, with the task of
overseeing core NetBSD project services, promoting the project
within industry and the open source community, and holding
intellectual property rights on much of the NetBSD code base.
Day-to-day operations of the project are handled by volunteers.
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