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Last Update: 2018-01-20 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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 • 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
 • 2014-04-19: BSD Release: NetBSD 6.1.4
 • 2014-01-28: BSD Release: NetBSD 6.1.3
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Feature pkgsrc 7.1.1 6.1.5 5.1 5.0 4.0 3.1 3.0 2.1 2.0 1.6 Feature
Release Date 2018-01-20 2017-12-23 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 7.1.1 6.1.5 5.1 5.0 4.0 3.1 3.0 2.1 2.0 1.6 Full Package List
Package pkgsrc 7.1.1 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 (1.1.5) 1.1.1 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.22 1.0.18 -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.5)
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-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 (9.11.2-P1)
chromium (63.0.3239.132) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (63.0.3239.132)
cups (2.2.6) 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 (2.2.6)
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 (1.43.8) 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 (1.43.8)
firefox (58.0) 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 (58.0)
freetype (2.9) 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 (2.9)
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 (3.26.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.2)
gnucash (2.6.19) 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 (2.6.19)
gnumeric (1.12.38) 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 (1.12.38)
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+ (3.22.26) 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+ (3.22.26)
httpd (2.4.29) 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 (2.4.29)
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 (17.12.1) 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 1.0.5 1.0.5 1.0.3 0.12.17 -- -- -- -- k3b (17.12.1)
kmod (25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
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 (5.4.4) 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 (5.4.4)
linux (4.14.14) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.14.14)
Package pkgsrc 7.1.1 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 (10.2.12) 5.5.43 5.5.43 5.5.43 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.12)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.14.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.3.3) 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 (17.3.3)
mysql (5.7.21) 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 (5.7.21)
nautilus (3.26.2) 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 (3.26.2)
NVIDIA (387.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (387.22)
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 (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 (1.1.0g) 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 (1.1.0g)
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 (7.2.1) 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 (7.2.1)
plasma-desktop (5.11.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.11.5)
postfix (3.2.4) 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 (3.2.4)
postgresql (10.1) 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 (10.1)
Python (3.6.4) 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 (3.6.4)
qt (5.10.0) 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 (5.10.0)
samba (4.7.4) 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 (4.7.4)
systemd (236) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (236)
thunderbird (52.5.2) 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 (52.5.2)
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 (2.2.8) 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 (2.2.8)
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 (1.19.6) 1.18.3 1.18.2 -- 1.6.5 1.4.2 -- (6.9.0) (6.8.2) (6.8.2) -- -- xorg-server (1.19.6)

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Version: 7.1.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-01-13
Votes: 1


Overall it would be a good system to use/try if you wanted to learn about Unix, networking or the fine details of how computer systems work. The documentation provides a lot of additional background information, if what you need is not in the handbook the wiki pages will be helpful ( like for wireless setup).
Some areas could be updated, like USB printers over parallel connections.

but note that if you run the latest release, it may seam somewhat to be a bleeding edge prototype,
meaning you will need to build all software from source
(such as cd /usr/pkgsrc/www/seamonkey make install clean clean-depends) and expect some packages to fail
such as print/hplip or /meta-pkgs/kde4

xfce4 and mate will work fine

if you try to enable binary packages during install, it will fail because there is no
/amd64/7.1.1 directory, and if later you try to compile pkgsrc and export the 7.1 directory (that does exist), any package install attempt will fail

for browsers, don't expect sound in Firefox and expect "server authentication errors in Konqueror

Seamonkey works fine, but the is no icon or entry in the menu, you can download an icon at icones.pro/en/ if you don't want to have to start from the terminal

upgrading with sysbuild and sysupgrade (as in handbook) did break my xfce desktop in a previous release, I have not tried in 7.1.1 yet

lastly having xdm enabled is not working at the moment, even though I have ln -s .xinitrc ~/.xsession
so have it disabled for now and just use startx to start Mate desktop

but as I stated in the beginning, its a good learning experience, with good information in the documentation



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Version: 7.1.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-11
Votes: 1


Amazing, just one word to tell you that you need to try this. It's a UNIX inside, it's not Linux, it's BSD just because of it's license.

Extremely stable and you can use it as your Server OS which is the best part to make your life comfortable with the style of UNIX.

The maximum software you think it needs to run already runs on it and is totally portable. You have a very high range of hardware support which most of the Linux Distributions and other BSD OS' miss.

The Black and White heaven for users, waiting for colors in it's life to be filled by people like us.


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Version: 7.0.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-10-15
Votes: 13


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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