Software Update: NetBSD 3.0 RC5

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NetBSD is a Unix-like operating system with its roots in the 386BSD 0.1 branch. The first version, NetBSD 0.8, was available on April 21, 1993 and has been evolving ever since. Of the three known BSD variants, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD, the latter supports most different platforms. The fifth release candidate of version 3.0 has been released with the following announcement:


on behalf of the NetBSD Release Engineering team, I’m happy to announce the availability of NetBSD 3.0 RC5 for testing.

NetBSD 3.0 RC5 is available in the “daily builds” section of your local FTP mirror (in the /pub/NetBSD-daily/netbsd-3-0-RC5 directory on most mirrors), and we encourage you to test it out and report any bugs using send-pr(1).

We hope that this will be the final release candidate for NetBSD 3.0, barring any major issues or security problems.

Here is a brief summary of changes from NetBSD 3.0_RC1 to 3.0_RC5:

  • ipsec tools 0.6.3 fixing the security hole reported in CAN-2005-3732
  • fixed a security hole in kernfs
  • bug fixes for the bge(4), esiop(4), siop(4), sk(4) and ulpt(4) drivers
  • updated package tools
  • added missing BIND 9 tools (DNSSEC, zone checking)
  • fixed support for files larger than 4GB in gzip(1)
  • improved optimization in the NetBSD-sparc64 compiler
  • fixed memory corruption under NetBSD-sgimips on R41xx, R4600, and R5000/Rm52xx machines
  • fix PCI support for SIS 741 chipsets (NetBSD-i386)
  • the NetBSD-amd64 installation medias now support the SysKonnect Gigabit ethernet interfaces via the sk(4) driver

Kind regards
Mathias Scheler

Version number 3.0RC5
Website NetBSD
License type Prerequisites (GNU/BSD/etc.)
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