Pavel Cahyna | 4 Oct 08:15 2007
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NetBSD 4.0 Release Candidate 2 available for download

Hello,

on behalf of the NetBSD Release Engineering team, I am happy to
announce the availability of NetBSD 4.0 Release Candidate 2.

Binaries and ISOs are available from

ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-4.0_RC2

The list of changes from the 3.0 release is available in the release
notes, online at
ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-4.0_RC2/i386/INSTALL.html#Changes%20Between%20The%20NetBSD%203.0%20and%204.0%20Releases

There have been many fixes since the previous release candidate, RC1.
The most important ones are:

- ICH9 support in wm(4).
- Enhanced Speedstep support for VIA C7/Eden and amd64.
- many bugfixes for IPF.
- FAST_IPSEC fixes.
- wpi(4) bugfix.
- proplib local DoS fix.
- fix procfs exposing the real path of an executable inside chroot.
- msdosfs bugfix.
- fix of crash dumps on sparc64.
- ACPI SCI (system control interrupt) bug fix, addresses interrupt storms
  seen on some machines.

The complete description is found in the CHANGES-4.0 file in the release
tree, online at ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-4.0_RC2/CHANGES-4.0
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Mark Weinem | 9 Oct 02:59 2007
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NetBSD and the Google Summer of Code 2007 Summary

NetBSD has been involved in the Google Summer of Code since its conception
in 2005. This year we were glad to once again have the oppertunity to
introduce six students to our operating system, to Open Source
software development and get them sponsored by Google to work on projects
defined by the NetBSD developers:

Julio M. Merino Vidal implemented an "Automated Testing Framework"
(mentored by Martin Husemann):

        http://www.netbsd.org/~jmmv/atf

Oliver Gould started to port the Solaris ZFS file system to NetBSD
(mentored by Dieter Baron)

        http://netbsd-soc.sourceforge.net/projects/zfs

Sumantra R. Kundu started to implement a "Framework For Enforcing QoS
Inside the NetBSD UVM" (mentored by William Stouder-Studenmund):

        http://crewman.uta.edu/~skundu/gsoc_2007.html

Thanks to Antti Kantee's project it is now possibe to run "Kernel File
Systems in Userspace" (mentored by William Stouder-Studenmund)

        http://www.netbsd.org/docs/puffs/rump.html

Jörg Sonnenberger improved the pkgsrc build system (mentored by Johnny
C. Lam):

	 http://netbsd-soc.sourceforge.net/projects/xpkgsrc
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Hubert Feyrer | 14 Oct 15:23 2007
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Urgent Network Maintenance scheduled for 10/14/2007 (fwd)


Dear NetBSD Users,

ISC is NetBSD's main ISP for all our primary services, and they've dropped 
us note that there's some limited outage to expect today:

``ISC will be performing urgent network maintenance on Sunday, October
14th starting at 1200 Pacific Time and is expected to last for up to
three hours.   During this maintenance window, there will be period of
up to 30 minutes where we expect a serious network disruption across
ISC's SF Bay Area network as we replace a core router at one of our
locations.  Your reachability to your systems here (or to your internet
connection) will be impacted.

[...]

Apologies for the short notice on such a disruptive maintenance, it is
something we wish to have avoided, even on a weekend, but at least the
new router will provide additional stability and growth as we (ISC)
expand our network backbone capacity. ;)''

Have a nice day!

  - Hubert

Alistair Crooks | 15 Oct 23:41 2007

Announcing the pkgsrc-2007Q3 Release


The pkgsrc-2007Q3 Release
=========================

The pkgsrc developers are very proud to announce the new pkgsrc-2007Q3
release, which has support for more packages than previous releases. 
As well as updated versions of many packages, the infrastructure of
pkgsrc itself has been improved for better platform and compiler
support.

At the same time, the pkgsrc-2007Q2 release has been deprecated, and
continuing engineering starts on the pkgsrc-2007Q3 release.

This release celebrates the tenth anniversary of pkgsrc, and we would
like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who have made
pkgsrc the most portable packaging system in the world - to all of the
users, developers and supporters a very large "Thank you" from all of
us.

Some highlights of the new pkgsrc-2007Q3 release are:

+ many, many packages have been updated to newer versions, to take
advantage of fixes and improved functionality.  The following versions
of packages are included in the pkgsrc-2007Q3 release:

	+ apache-2.2.6
	+ firefox-2.0.0.7
	+ gnome-2.18.1
	+ kde-3.5.7
	+ mysql-5.0.45
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Mark Weinem | 17 Oct 16:26 2007
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10 years of pkgsrc - the interviews

10 years ago - on October 3rd 1997 - the pkgsrc software management system 
was created by Alistair Crooks and Hubert Feyrer. pkgsrc, the NetBSD 
Packages Collection, was primary intended as packaging system for NetBSD. 
Derived from the FreeBSD Ports system, pkgsrc became a success story. 
Today, pkgsrc is a cross-platform framework, running on the BSDs, Linux, 
Solaris, Mac OS X, many Unix derivatives and even on Windows.

We continue the anniversary celebrations with a series of interviews: 
developers and users of pkgsrc and of related systems give insights into 
the history, the concepts, the problems and the future directions of 
packaging systems:

	http://www.NetBSD.org/gallery/10years.html

I wish to thank all participants:

Christoph Badura, Alistair Crooks, Marc Espie, Hubert Feyrer, Jordan K. 
Hubbard, Erwin Lansing, James K. Lowden and Joerg Sonnenberger!

Best regards, Mark Weinem

Pavel Cahyna | 19 Oct 08:51 2007
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NetBSD 4.0 Release Candidate 3 available for download

Hello,

on behalf of the NetBSD Release Engineering team, I am happy to
announce the availability of NetBSD 4.0 Release Candidate 3.

Binaries and ISOs are available from

ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-4.0_RC3

The list of changes from the 3.0 release is available in the release
notes, online at
ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-4.0_RC3/i386/INSTALL.html#Changes%20Between%20The%20NetBSD%203.0%20and%204.0%20Releases

This release candidate has several bug fixes and other changes since the
previous release candidate - RC2.
The most important ones are:

- build of the 32-bit sparc64 kernel is fixed, allowing the sparc release
  to be built.
- many fixes to nfe(4) and bge(4) drivers.
- fixed PR 37037 - kernel memory corruption due to ipnat.
- support for the HP ML110 G2 / Adaptec 2610SA SATA RAID added to aac(4).
- fix of an off-by-one error in openssl.
- avoid kernel crashes in signal handling (PR 37004) and linux
  emulation (PR 36920).
- fix ACPI related interrupt storms due to differences between IOAPIC
  and classic interrupt routing. Should correct a regression introduced in
  RC2 on some machines.

The complete description is found in the CHANGES-4.0 file in the release
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Mark Weinem | 31 Oct 12:43 2007
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Next hackathon with focus on pkgsrc (Nov. 3-4, 2007)

A new Hackathon is scheduled for 3rd-4th of November and will be 
focussed on pkgsrc. The main goal is to make options.mk files for packages 
that don't already use them. Open PRs will be fixed as well.

For more information, see Adam Hoka's mail:

 	http://mail-index.netbsd.org/pkgsrc-users/2007/10/28/0001.html

There is also a Wiki page for coordinations::

 	http://wiki.netbsd.se/Hackathon8


Gmane