Information about NetBSD 1.3

NetBSD 1.3 was the sixth release of the NetBSD operating system, and was released on January 4, 1998.

The latest patch release, NetBSD 1.3.3, was released on December 23, 1998. It fixed bugs and added some new hardware support. It is recommended that users upgrade where possible. A list of the changes for 1.3.3 is available.

On January 23rd, 1999, the NetBSD/current scheduler was modified to significantly improve the interactive performance under X while compiling or performing other tasks. A patch for the NetBSD 1.3 series is available.

Architectures supported by NetBSD 1.3

NetBSD 1.3 included binaries for the following architectures:

Building upon the successful NetBSD 1.2 release, we have provided numerous and significant functional enhancements, including support for many new devices, integration of many bug fixes, new and updated kernel subsystems, and many userland enhancements. The results of these improvements is a stable operating system fit for production use that rivals most commercially available systems.

It is impossible to summarize the 18 months of development that went into the NetBSD 1.3 release. Some of the significant changes include:

As has been noted, there have also been innumerable bug fixes.

Kernel interfaces have continued to be refined, and more subsystems and device drivers are shared among the different ports. You can look for this trend to continue.

NetBSD 1.3 also includes some refinement to the NetBSD binary emulation system (which includes FreeBSD, HP-UX, iBCS2, Linux, OSF/1, SunOS, SVR4, Solaris and Ultrix compatibility), bringing NetBSD closer to the goal of making the emulation as accurate as possible.

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