Lubomir Sedlacik | 2 Feb 23:11 2007

pkgsrcCon 2007 - Call For Presentations

The fourth annual pkgsrcCon will convene in Barcelona, Spain on
Apr 27 - 29, 2007.  pkgsrcCon is a technical conference focusing
on the technology and the use of the NetBSD Packages Collection.

This is a general call for presentations for pkgsrcCon 2007.
To be successful, we need developers and users to give talks at
the conference.  Talks should be about pkgsrc-related topics,
e.g. what neat new pkgsrc project you're working on, how to use
pkgsrc effectively as an admin, how to be an effective pkgsrc
developer, etc.  There is no requirement to submit a paper --
just go ahead and present, though if you have materials that
you'd like to distribute to the audience, we will be happy to
produce copies for the attendees.

Please include the following information if you would like to
give a talk:

    (*) Title
    (*) Length of talk (half-hour or 1-hour)
    (*) Abstract (a few sentences describing the presentation)
Hubert Feyrer | 13 Feb 12:15 2007

Force10 Networks uses NetBSD to build Software Scalability into FTOS Operating System

* Force10 Networks uses NetBSD to build Software Scalability
   into FTOS Operating System

NEW YORK CITY, February 13, 2007: The NetBSD Foundation today
announced that Force10 Networks(R), the pioneer in building and
securing high performance networks, has leveraged NetBSD(R) as the
foundation for the Force10 Operating System (FTOS). Based on the open
source UNIX-like system, FTOS provides the software scalability and
resiliency that powers the Force10 TeraScale E-Series(R) family of

"Our customers require a high level of scalability and resiliency to
build networks that can expand as new applications are added while
maintaining predictable performance," said Sachi Sambandan, vice
president of engineering at Force10 Networks. "The unique kernel
structure of NetBSD allows us to provide our customers with a
best-in-class software architecture that supports carrier class
resiliency and accelerates development of new features."

As a UNIX-like operating system, NetBSD provides unparalleled protocol
maturity and stability. Process modularization allows control plane
functions to be separated and given fair CPU scheduling while memory
protection minimizes corruption across process boundaries. Together,
these two features enable Force10 to provide its customers with a high
performance, fault tolerant system that isolates switching, routing
and management functionalities from each other in a multi-processor
control plane architecture. Additionally, NetBSD supports 17
microprocessor families, enabling a high degree of portability that
allows Force10 to easily port FTOS across multiple hardware
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Jan Schaumann | 28 Feb 06:19 2007

Daylight Saving Time Changes: Nothing new for NetBSD

Daylight Saving Time Changes: Nothing new for NetBSD

Daylight Saving Time (DST) was extended in a number of countries starting
in 2007.  For example, beginning in 2007, most of the USA will begin
Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and revert
to standard time on the first Sunday in November.  While this has caused a
number of software vendors a lot of headache, NetBSD has shipped with the
appropriate timezone files for years; even though changes to timezones
in general and DST rules in particular happen a few times a year
throughout the world, the NetBSD operating system has of course always
provided accurate and up to date zone files as soon as possible.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was signed into USA law on August 8, 2005.
The updated tzdata package (tzdata2005m) was imported into our source tree
on August 29, 2005, and was pulled up into the netbsd-2 (September 5,
2005), netbsd-2-0 and netbsd-3 (both September 6, 2005) branches and is
thus present in NetBSD 2.0.3, 2.1, 3.0, 3.0.1, 3.1 and the 4.x branches.

In other words, if you're running one of these systems, no action on your
part is required;  your system is already prepared for the updated
timezones and will continue to show the correct local time.

If you are running an older system, we strongly encourage you to update to
one of these releases.  However, we do recognize that some organizations
may have the need to continue to run older releases.  You can update those
systems as follows:

  # cd src
  # cvs update share/zoneinfo
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Phil Nelson | 2 Mar 16:50 2007

New Daily Build Cluster

The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that we have now have a
second "build cluster" building releases of NetBSD daily.  The
Computer Science Department at Western Washington University in
Bellingham Washington (USA) is using part of their cluster of i386
machines to build daily releases for NetBSD when they are not required
for other use.  The cluster is composed of 24 machines: the build
master and 23 slaves.   This cluster is currently building about
two complete releases every day.

Because this is the second build cluster and to allow for the build
clusters to not use the same snapshot name, the WWU cluster checks
out the sources of two minutes past midnight instead of midnight
like the first build cluster.  So releases named something like
200702250000Z are built on the original cluster and releases with
names like 200702270002Z are built on the WWU cluster.

The NetBSD daily builds are available at


Phil Nelson
phil <at>,