On behalf of the NetBSD developers, I am pleased to announce that NetBSD
5.1 is available for download. NetBSD 5.1 is the first feature update
of the NetBSD 5.0 release branch. It includes security and bug fixes,
as well as improved hardware support and new features.
Some highlights include:
- RAIDframe parity maps, which greatly improve parity rewrite times
after unclean shutdown
- X.Org updates
- Support for many more network devices
- Xen PAE dom0 support
- Xen PCI pass-through support
For full details, please see the release notes at:
ISO and USB images can be downloaded using BitTorrent, and we encourage
users who wish to install via ISO/USB images to take advantage of this,
as the images are very well seeded.
Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 5.1 are available for download
at many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing FTP,
AnonCVS, and other services may be found at:
NetBSD 5.1 is dedicated to the memory of Martti Kuparinen, who was the
victim of a traffic accident in June 2010.
Martti’s technical contributions are too many to list here in full. He
created and maintained numerous packages in pkgsrc, updated two packet
filter solutions distributed with NetBSD and improved several hardware
drivers. Beyond that, he was always helpful and friendly. His example
encouraged users to contribute to the project and share their work with
the community. Some of these users later became NetBSD developers
themselves thanks to Martti’s efforts.
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 the people who make NetBSD happen is
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. We would also like to thank the Internet Systems Consortium
Inc., the Network Security Lab at Columbia University’s Computer Science
Department, and Ludd (Luleaa Academic Computer Society) computer society
at Luleaa University of Technology for current colocation services.
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