Announcing NetBSD 8.1 (May 31, 2019)
The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.1, the first update of the NetBSD 8 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons, as well as new features and enhancements.
Some highlights of the 8.1 release are:
- x86: Mitigation for INTEL-SA-00233 (MDS)
- Various local user kernel data leaks fixed.
x86: new rc.conf(5) setting
smtoffto disable Simultaneous Multi-Threading
- Various network driver fixes and improvements.
- Fixes for thread local storage (TLS) in position independent executables (PIE).
- Fixes to reproducible builds.
- Fixed a performance regression in tmpfs.
- DRM/KMS improvements.
- bwfm(4) wireless driver for Broadcom FullMAC PCI and USB devices added.
- Various sh(1) fixes.
- mfii(4) SAS driver added.
- dhcpcd(8) updated to 7.2.2
- httpd(8) updated.
The complete list of changes since NetBSD 8.1 can be found in the CHANGES-8.1 file in the top level directory of the NetBSD 8.1 release tree.
Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 8.1 are available for download from our CDN and many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing FTP, AnonCVS, and other services may be found at https://www.NetBSD.org/mirrors/. A list of hashes for the NetBSD 8.1 distribution has been signed with the well-connected PGP key for the NetBSD Security Officer: NetBSD-8.1_hashes.
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The NetBSD 8.1 release provides supported binary distributions for the following systems:
|NetBSD/acorn32||Acorn RiscPC/A7000, VLSI RC7500|
|NetBSD/algor||Algorithmics, Ltd. MIPS evaluation boards|
|NetBSD/alpha||Digital/Compaq Alpha (64-bit)|
|NetBSD/amd64||AMD family processors like Opteron, Athlon64, and Intel CPUs with EM64T extension|
|NetBSD/amiga||Commodore Amiga and MacroSystem DraCo|
|NetBSD/amigappc||PowerPC-based Amiga boards.|
|NetBSD/arc||MIPS-based machines following the Advanced RISC Computing spec|
|NetBSD/atari||Atari TT030, Falcon, Hades|
|NetBSD/bebox||Be Inc's BeBox|
|NetBSD/cats||Chalice Technology's CATS and Intel's EBSA-285 evaluation boards|
|NetBSD/cesfic||CES FIC8234 VME processor board|
|NetBSD/cobalt||Cobalt Networks' MIPS-based Microservers|
|NetBSD/dreamcast||Sega Dreamcast game console|
|NetBSD/emips||The Extensible MIPS architecture from Microsoft Research|
|NetBSD/epoc32||Psion EPOC PDAs|
|NetBSD/evbarm||Various ARM-based evaluation boards and appliances|
|NetBSD/evbmips||Various MIPS-based evaluation boards and appliances|
|NetBSD/evbppc||Various PowerPC-based evaluation boards and appliances|
|NetBSD/evbsh3||Various Hitachi Super-H SH3 and SH4-based evaluation boards and appliances|
|NetBSD/ews4800mips||NEC's MIPS-based EWS4800 workstation|
|NetBSD/hp300||Hewlett-Packard 9000/300 and 400 series|
|NetBSD/hpcarm||StrongARM based Windows CE PDA machines|
|NetBSD/hpcmips||MIPS-based Windows CE PDA machines|
|NetBSD/hpcsh||Hitachi Super-H based Windows CE PDA machines|
|NetBSD/hppa||Hewlett-Packard 9000 Series 700 workstations|
|NetBSD/i386||IBM PCs and PC clones with i486-family processors and up|
|NetBSD/ibmnws||IBM Network Station 1000|
|NetBSD/iyonix||Castle Technology's Iyonix ARM based PCs|
|NetBSD/landisk||SH4 processor based NAS appliances|
|NetBSD/luna68k||OMRON Tateisi Electric's LUNA series|
|NetBSD/mac68k||Apple Macintosh with Motorola 68k CPU|
|NetBSD/macppc||Apple PowerPC-based Macintosh and clones|
|NetBSD/mipsco||MIPS Computer Systems Inc. family of workstations and servers|
|NetBSD/mmeye||Brains mmEye multimedia server|
|NetBSD/mvme68k||Motorola MVME 68k Single Board Computers|
|NetBSD/mvmeppc||Motorola PowerPC VME Single Board Computers|
|NetBSD/netwinder||StrongARM based NetWinder machines|
|NetBSD/news68k||Sony's 68k-based “NET WORK STATION” series|
|NetBSD/newsmips||Sony's MIPS-based “NET WORK STATION” series|
|NetBSD/next68k||NeXT 68k “black” hardware|
|NetBSD/ofppc||OpenFirmware PowerPC machines|
|NetBSD/pmax||Digital MIPS-based DECstations and DECsystems|
|NetBSD/prep||PReP (PowerPC Reference Platform) and CHRP machines|
|NetBSD/rs6000||IBM RS/6000 MCA-based PowerPC machines.|
|NetBSD/sandpoint||Motorola Sandpoint reference platform, including many PPC-based NAS boxes|
|NetBSD/sgimips||Silicon Graphics' MIPS-based workstations|
|NetBSD/shark||Digital DNARD (“shark”)|
|NetBSD/sparc||Sun SPARC (32-bit) and UltraSPARC (in 32-bit mode)|
|NetBSD/sparc64||Sun UltraSPARC (in native 64-bit mode)|
|NetBSD/sun2||Sun Microsystems Sun 2 machines with Motorola 68010 CPU|
|NetBSD/sun3||Motorola 68020 and 030 based Sun 3 and 3x machines|
|NetBSD/x68k||Sharp X680x0 series|
|NetBSD/xen||The Xen virtual machine monitor|
|NetBSD/zaurus||Sharp ARM PDAs|
Ports available in source form only for this release include the following:
|NetBSD/acorn26||Acorn Archimedes, A-series and R-series systems|
|NetBSD/ia64||Itanium family of processors|
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