NetBSD 1.5.3 is a maintenance release for users of NetBSD 1.5.2, 1.5.1, 1.5 and earlier releases, which provides the following updates relative to 1.5.2:
Please note that a new major release of NetBSD, version 1.6, was released on September 14th, 2002. NetBSD 1.6 is a substantial functional improvement over NetBSD 1.5.3.
A complete list of changes are available in the CHANGES-1.5.3 file in top directory of the NetBSD 1.5.3 release tree. Also, included later in this announcement, is a list of the major changes added between NetBSD 1.5.2 and 1.5.3.
Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 1.5.3 are available for download at many sites around the world. A list of download sites via FTP, AnonCVS, SUP, and other methods is provided at the end of this announcement; the latest list of available download sites may also be found at: http://www.NetBSD.org/mirrors/
NetBSD is a highly integrated system. In addition to its highly portable, high performance kernel, NetBSD features a complete set of user utilities, compilers for several languages, the X Window System, firewall software and numerous other tools, all accompanied by full source code. We also support third party software (including the KDE and GNOME desktops) through our package system.
More information on the goals of the NetBSD Project can be procured from the NetBSD web site at:
NetBSD is free. All of the code is under non-restrictive licenses, and may be used without paying royalties to anyone. Free support services are available via our mailing lists and web site. Commercial support is available from a variety of sources; some are listed at:
More extensive information on NetBSD is available from our web site at:
NetBSD is the work of a diverse group of people spread around the world. The `Net' in our name is a tribute to the Internet, which enables us to communicate and share code, and without which the project would not exist.
|NetBSD/alpha||Digital/Compaq Alpha (64-bit)|
|NetBSD/amiga||Commodore Amiga, MacroSystem DraCo|
|NetBSD/arc||MIPS-based machines following the Advanced RISC Computing spec|
|NetBSD/arm32||Acorn RiscPC/A7000, CATS, Digital Shark, EBSA-285, VLSI RC7500|
|NetBSD/atari||Atari TT030, Falcon, Hades|
|NetBSD/cobalt||Cobalt Networks' MIPS-based Microservers|
|NetBSD/hp300||Hewlett-Packard 9000/300 and 400 series|
|NetBSD/hpcmips||MIPS-based Windows CE PDA machines|
|NetBSD/i386||80x86-based IBM PCs and clones|
|NetBSD/mac68k||Apple Macintosh with 68k CPU|
|NetBSD/macppc||Apple Power Macintosh and clones|
|NetBSD/mvme68k||Motorola MVME 68k SBCs|
|NetBSD/news68k||Sony's 68k-based "NET WORK STATION" series|
|NetBSD/next68k||NeXT 68k 'black' hardware|
|NetBSD/pc532||The NS32532-based PC532 computer|
|NetBSD/pmax||Digital MIPS-based DECstations and DECsystems|
|NetBSD/sparc||Sun SPARC (32-bit) and UltraSPARC (in 32-bit mode)|
|NetBSD/sun3||Sun 3 and 3x|
|NetBSD/x68k||Sharp X680x0 series|
Ports available in source form only for this release include the following:
|NetBSD/amigappc||PowerPC-based Amiga boards|
|NetBSD/arm26||Acorn Archimedes, A-series and R-series systems|
|NetBSD/bebox||Be Inc's BeBox|
|NetBSD/evbsh3||Evaluation boards with Hitachi Super-H SH3 and SH4 CPUs|
|NetBSD/luna68k||The LUNA product line of OMRON Tateishi Electric|
|NetBSD/mmeye||Brains' mmEye Multi Media Server|
|NetBSD/newsmips||Sony's MIPS-based "NET WORK STATION" series|
|NetBSD/prep||PReP (PowerPC Reference Platform) and CHRP machines|
|NetBSD/sgimips||Silicon Graphics' MIPS-based workstations|
|NetBSD/sparc64||Sun UltraSPARC (in native 64-bit mode)|
The NetBSD Packages Collection (pkgsrc), which is used to maintain NetBSD-specific fixes to third-party programs, has been updated for NetBSD 1.5.3.
Please note that at the moment, sysinst will not assist you in installing pre-built third-party binary packages or the pkgsrc system itself, so you will have to manually install packages using pkg_add(1) or fetch and extract the pkgsrc.tgz tar file to get started.
Lastly, it should be noted that the X11 binaries shipped in NetBSD 1.5.3 are still based on XFree86 version 3.3.6. Several newer graphics cards are inadequately supported by that code base, but on the other hand support for several older graphics cards is not available in newer XFree86 code. NetBSD is in the process of moving to XFree86 version 4, and is currently maintaining both the XFree86 3.3.6 and the XFree86 version 4 code in the xsrc source set, and you may at compile time pick which sources to build and install. To ease installation, testing and use of the XFree86 version 4 code, a binary snapshot based on XFree86 version 4.2.0 has been made available for NetBSD/i386 1.5.x at: ftp://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/NetBSD/arch/i386/
We would like to especially thank the University of California at Berkeley and the GNU Project for particularly large subsets of code that we use, and the Internet Software Consortium, Redback Networks and the Helsinki University of Technology for current colocation services.
Please also note our list of CD-ROM vendors.