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Last Update: 2024-07-11 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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 • 2024-04-23: BSD Release: NetBSD 9.4
 • 2024-03-30: BSD Release: NetBSD 10.0
 • 2024-01-19: Development Release: NetBSD 10.0 RC3
 • 2024-01-04: Development Release: NetBSD 10.0 RC2
 • 2023-11-12: Development Release: NetBSD 10.0 RC1
 • 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
 • 2020-02-03: Development Release: NetBSD 9.0 RC2
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 • 2020-11-26 How NetBSD boots
 • 2020-09-29 Bringing Wayland to NetBSD
 • 2020-01-08 Wayland support coming to pkgsrc ports
 • 2019-08-19 NetBSD gaining initial Wayland support
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End Of Life         2020-07 2018-08 2015-11               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)   400-600 400-600 300-500 300-500                   Image Size (MB)
Free Download pkgsrc ISO 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 Text mode Installation
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Package Management pkgsrc 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 Fixed Release Model
Office Suite GOffice, LibreOffice 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 See Ports Processor Architecture
Init Software other 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 FFS             Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                             Multilingual
Asian Language Support                             Asian Language Support
Full Package List pkgsrc 10.0 9.4 8.3 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 10.0 9.4 8.3 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 3.0.5 3.0.5 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 (1.2.12) 1.2.12 1.2.10 1.2.7.2 1.2.10 1.1.4.1 1.0.27.2 1.0.22 1.0.18 -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.2.12)
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.21) 5.2.26 5.2 5.1.16 5.2 4.4 4.3 4.1 4.0 3.2 3.1 3.0.16 3.0 2.05b 2.05 bash (5.2.21)
bind (9.18.27) 9.18.27 9.18.25 9.16.31 9.18.26 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 (9.18.27)
chromium (126.0.6478.126) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (126.0.6478.126)
cups (2.4.10) 2.4.10 2.4.6 2.4.2 2.4.6 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 (2.4.10)
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 (1.47.1) 1.46.4 1.46.4 1.46.4 1.46.4 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 (1.47.1)
firefox (128.0) 52.9.0 123.0.1 103.0.1 125.0.3 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 (128.0)
freetype (2.13.2) 2.13.2 2.13.2 2.12.1 2.13.2 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 (2.13.2)
gcc (14.1.0) 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 (14.1.0)
gimp (2.10.38) 2.10.38 2.10.36 2.10.32 2.10.36 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 (2.10.38)
glibc (2.39) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.39)
gnome-shell (46.3.1) 40.2 40.2 40.2 40.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (46.3.1)
gnucash (5.8) 5.8 5.5 4.11 5.6 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 (5.8)
gnumeric (1.12.57) 1.12.53 1.12.53 1.12.48 1.12.53 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 (1.12.57)
grub (2.12) 2.12 2.12 2.04 2.12 2.02 2.00 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.92 grub (2.12)
gtk (4.14.4) -- 0.99.17 4.6.6 0.99.17 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 (4.14.4)
httpd (2.4.61) 2.4.61 2.4.58 2.4.54 2.4.59 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 (2.4.61)
inkscape (1.3.2) 1.3.2 1.3.2 1.2.1 1.3.2 0.92.2 -- 0.48.0 0.46 0.45.1 0.44 0.43 0.42.2 0.40 -- inkscape (1.3.2)
k3b (24.05.2) 23.08.4 23.08.4 20.12.3 23.08.4 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 1.0.5 1.0.5 1.0.3 0.12.17 -- -- -- -- k3b (24.05.2)
kmod (32) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (32)
krita (5.2.3) 5.2.2 5.2.2 4.4.8 5.2.2 4.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.2.3)
LibreOffice (24.2.5) 6.2.8 -- 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 (24.2.5)
linux (6.9.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (6.9.9)
Package pkgsrc 10.0 9.4 8.3 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 0.10.1 0.10.1 0.9.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (11.4.2) 10.11.8 -- 10.6.8 5.5.57 5.5.57 5.5.43 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (11.4.2)
mate-desktop (1.28.2) 1.26.2 1.26.2 1.24.1 1.26.2 1.20.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.28.2)
mesa (24.1.3) 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 (24.1.3)
mysql (9.0.0) 8.0.36 8.0.36 8.0.24 8.0.36 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 (9.0.0)
nautilus (46.2) 3.38.1 3.38.1 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 (46.2)
NVIDIA (555.58) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (555.58)
openbox (3.6.1) 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 (22) 21.0.1 21.0.1 17.0.3 21.0.1 8u172 8u66 7u92 svn -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (22)
openssh (9.8p1) 9.8p1 9.6p1 9.0p1 9.6p1 7.6p1 7.1p1 5.5p1 5.1p1 4.7p1 4.3p2 4.2p1 4.2p1 3.9p1 3.4p1 openssh (9.8p1)
openssl (3.3.1) 3.3.1 3.1.5 1.1.1q 3.3.0n 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 (3.3.1)
perl (5.40.0) 5.38.2 5.38.2 5.36.0 5.38.2 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 (5.40.0)
php (8.3.9) 8.3.9 8.3.4 8.1.9 8.3.5 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 (8.3.9)
plasma-desktop (6.1.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (6.1.2)
postfix (3.9.0) 3.9.0 3.8.5 3.7.2 3.8.5 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 (3.9.0)
postgresql (16.3) 16.3 16.2 14.4 16.2 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 (16.3)
Python (3.12.4) 3.9.19 3.12.2 3.10.6 3.12.3 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 (3.12.4)
qt (6.7.2) 6.7.2 6.6.2 5.15.5 6.7.0 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 (6.7.2)
samba (4.20.2) 4.20.2 4.19.5 4.16.3 4.20.0 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 (4.20.2)
systemd (256.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (256.2)
thunderbird (127.0) 115.12.2 78.12.0 78.12.0 78.12.0 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 (127.0)
vim (9.1) 9.1 9.0 8.2 9.0 8.1 7.4 7.2 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.4 6.3 6.3 6.1 vim (9.1)
vlc (3.0.21) 3.0.21 3.0.20 3.0.17.4 3.0.20 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 (3.0.21)
wayland (1.23.0) 1.23.0 1.21.0 1.18.0 1.21.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.23.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.18.1 4.18.1 4.16.0 4.18.1 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 (21.1.13) 21.1.13 21.1.11 21.1.4 21.1.13 1.20.1 1.18.2 1.6.5 1.4.2 -- (6.9.0) (6.8.2) (6.8.2) -- -- xorg-server (21.1.13)

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Version: 10.0
Rating: 7
Date: 2024-04-03
Votes: 4


Good, simple OS that keeps true to original BSD.
However, despite it being able to run on everything, how well it runs depends on the hardware.
It seems to be running really well on ThinkPads, but really seem to struggle a lot on IdeaPads for example.
On the IdeaPads I experience WiFi instabilities, random crashes while on WiFi (not while on ethernet though), segfaults on everything until I reboot, graphical WM's having very random glitches all the time, and more problems.
None of these happened on the ThinkPads however, apart from being unable to connect to WiFi altogether.

The other thing I noticed is that upgrading from 9.3 to 10.0 was very confusing.
The documentation is lacking in their explanation on how to correctly use the `sysupgrade` utility, which as an OpenBSD user is not they way I expect to.
And once you've upgraded, I wasn't sure if the upgrade succeeded or not, because the utility said it did, but after reboot `uname` was still reporting 9.3, and after another reboot it started reporting `10.0`.


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Version: 9.3
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-03-09
Votes: 59


Pro: Very good operating system. I could learn "what is simple."

Con: Not for beginners. UNIX or FreeBSD experience may be needed.

For newer laptops, this configuration in boot.cfg may be useful.
menu=Boot normally:gop 2;rndseed /var/db/entropy-file;boot






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Version: 9.3
Rating: 3
Date: 2023-04-16
Votes: 0


To get pkg_add to work I had to change https to http in PKG_PATH, otherwise you get "HTTP unknown error" when trying to add a package.

No UTF-8 support in console, so you can't type Swedish characters for example.

Video and audio playback from Youtube works in Firefox.



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