Release Notes: NetBSD 5.0 features greatly improved performance and scalability on modern multi-core systems. Threaded applications can now efficiently make use of more than one core, and system performance is much better under I/O and network load. Other highlights include WAPBL metadata journaling for FFS file systems, the jemalloc memory allocator, the power management framework, ACPI suspend/resume support on many laptops, the automated testing framework, the runnable userspace meta program framework, Xen 3.3 support for i386 and amd64, POSIX message queues and asynchronous I/O, and many new hardware device drivers.
Release Notes: Major achievements include support for version 3 of the Xen virtual machine monitor, Bluetooth, many new device drivers, and embedded platforms based on ARM, PowerPC, and MIPS CPUs. New network services include iSCSI target (server) code and an implementation of the Common Address Redundancy Protocol. Also, system security was further enhanced with restrictions of mprotect(2) to enforce W^X policies, the Kernel Authorization framework, and improvements of the Veriexec file integrity subsystem, which can be used to harden the system against trojan horses and virus attacks.
Release Notes: This release adds contains major improvements in filesystem and memory management performance, major security enhancements, and support for many new platforms and peripherals. SMP support has been added for i386, SPARC, and PowerPC, the SMP support on Alpha and VAX has been improved, and the new port to the 64-bit AMD/Opteron also supports SMP.
Release Notes: A number of security issues have been fixed. Some performance fixes have been incorporated. The device support has been improved in some existing drivers. Some new device drivers have been added. Some minor userland fixes have been applied. The stability of the sparc64 port has been greatly enhanced.
Release Notes: In this version, some new features were added, and some bugs were fixed.
Release Notes: This release is a patch release improving stability, fixing bugs, addressing security issues, and adding some features. It has been released with support for 20 architectures.
Release Notes: A telnetd buffer overflow, a Sendmail 8.11.3 root compromise, fts(3) unsafe chdir(2) use, OpenSSL random number generator weakness, and dump and dump_lfs not dropping setgid-tty privileges have been fixed. Bounds checks have been added to values passed from userland to the kernel. Several bugs in the installation system on some platforms (causing NetBSD 1.5.1 not to install properly) have been fixed. The DHCP software has been upgraded to ISC version 3, RC 10, fixing additional bugs.
Release Notes: New ports include arc, cobalt, hpcmips, news68k, sgimips, and sparc64. New networking features include IPv6 (including RPC and NFS), IPsec, and Kerberos IV/V from Heimdahl. Security updates include the addition of OpenSSL, SSH, and IPsec. New filesystem features include soft updates, trickle sync, a more stable LFS, RaidFrame autoconfiguration, CD Joliet support, and NTFS read support. Hardware support was improved in a lot of areas. Swap areas can now be deleted. Configuration has moved to a rc.d-style system with explicit dependency ordering. postfix is now offered in addition to sendmail. Login classes were added. Bug fixes were made.