The NetBSD project celebrates its fifteenth anniversary
Alistair Crooks <agc <at> NetBSD.org>
2008-03-20 06:57:54 GMT
The NetBSD Project celebrates its 15th anniversary!
The Internet, March 20 -- This week marks the fifteenth anniversary of
the beginning of development of the NetBSD Operating System, one of
the oldest actively maintained, freely-available operating systems.
NetBSD runs on everything from embedded systems to desktop
workstations, from handhelds to big-iron servers, and is developed by
the NetBSD Project - http://www.NetBSD.org/ - one of the first Open
The first commits were made to the NetBSD source code repository on
March 21, 1993, and the first release of the NetBSD Operating System,
NetBSD 0.8, was announced on USENET shortly thereafter. Throughout
the past fifteen years, NetBSD has increased the portability and security
of the 4.4BSD operating system on which NetBSD was based, and added
support for new processor and system families, while enhancing the
system's performance to such an extent that NetBSD has become known as
the most portable operating system in the world. Innovations in the
storage, networking and virtualization arena have been added, and much
work has been done recently on performance, especially with multi-core
and multi-threaded machines in mind.
NetBSD 4.0, the latest release, includes support for most major
current processor architectures, including x86, x86_64, SPARC,
ARM, M68K, MIPS, PowerPC, and SH, as well as several legacy processor
architectures. It supports 13 different system architectures.
The next major release, NetBSD 5.0, will continue the tradition of the
last fifteen years by providing additional features and hardware