NetBSD 7.1 is out with better Linux compatibility

The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 7.1, the first feature update of the NetBSD 7 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 7.1 release are:

  • Support for Raspberry Pi Zero.
  • Initial DRM/KMS support for NVIDIA graphics cards via nouveau (Disabled by default. Uncomment nouveau and nouveaufb in your kernel config to test).
  • The addition of vioscsi, a driver for the Google Compute Engine disk.
  • Linux compatibility improvements, allowing, e.g., the use of Adobe Flash Player 24.
  • wm(4):
    • C2000 KX and 2.5G support.
    • Wake On Lan support.
    • 82575 and newer SERDES based systems now work.
  • ODROID-C1 Ethernet now works.
  • Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements.

Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 7.1 are available for download at many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing FTP, AnonCVS, SUP, and other services may be found at We encourage users who wish to install via ISO or USB disk images to download via BitTorrent by using the torrent files supplied in the images area. A list of hashes for the NetBSD 7.1 distribution has been signed with the well-connected PGP key for the NetBSD Security Officer:

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 website. Commercial support is available from a variety of sources. More extensive information on NetBSD is available from our website:

NetBSD 7.1 these platforms today, which is quite an amazing list for sure

Currently there are 49 ports with Tier II status. They are

Port CPU Machines Latest Release
acorn32 arm Acorn RiscPC/A7000/NC and compatibles 7.1
algor mips Algorithmics MIPS evaluation boards 7.1
alpha alpha Digital Alpha (64-bit) 7.1
amiga m68k Commodore Amiga, MacroSystem DraCo 7.1
amigappc powerpc PowerPC-based Amiga boards 7.1
arc mips Machines following the Advanced RISC Computing spec 7.1
atari m68k Atari TT030, Falcon, Hades 7.1
bebox powerpc Be Inc’s BeBox 7.1
cats arm Chalice Technology’s Strong Arm evaluation board 7.1
cesfic m68k CES’s FIC8234 VME processor board 7.1
cobalt mips Cobalt Networks’ Microservers 7.1
dreamcast sh3 Sega Dreamcast game console 7.1
emips mips Machines based on “Extensible MIPS” 7.1
epoc32 arm 32bit PSION EPOC PDA none
evbsh3 sh3 Evaluation boards with Renesas (Hitachi) Super-H SH3 and SH4 CPUs 7.1
ews4800mips mips NEC’s MIPS based EWS4800 workstations 7.1
hp300 m68k Hewlett-Packard 9000/300 and 400 series 7.1
hppa hppa Hewlett-Packard 9000 PA-RISC machines 7.1
hpcmips mips MIPS based Windows CE PDA machines 7.1
hpcsh sh3 Renesas (Hitachi) SH3 and SH4 based Windows CE PDA machines 7.1
ia64 itanium Itanium family of processors none
ibmnws powerpc IBM Network Station Series 1000 7.1
iyonix arm Iyonix ARM pc 7.1
landisk sh3 SH4 based NAS appliances by I-O DATA 7.1
luna68k m68k OMRON Tateisi Electronics’ LUNA series 7.1
mac68k m68k Apple Macintosh 7.1
macppc powerpc Apple Power Macintosh and clones 7.1
mipsco mips Mips family of workstations and servers 7.1
mmeye sh3 Brains’ mmEye Multi Media Server 7.1
mvme68k m68k Motorola MVME 68k SBCs 7.1
mvmeppc powerpc Motorola MVME PowerPC SBCs 7.1
netwinder arm StrongARM based NetWinder machines 7.1
news68k m68k Sony’s m68k based “NET WORK STATION” series 7.1
newsmips mips Sony’s MIPS based “NET WORK STATION” series 7.1
next68k m68k NeXT 68k ‘black’ hardware 7.1
ofppc powerpc Generic OpenFirmware compliant PowerPC machines 7.1
pmax mips Digital MIPS-based DECstations and DECsystems 7.1
prep powerpc PReP (PowerPC Reference Platform) and CHRP machines 7.1
rs6000 powerpc MCA-based IBM RS/6000 workstations 7.1
sandpoint powerpc Motorola Sandpoint reference platform 7.1
sbmips mips Broadcom SiByte evaluation boards 7.1
sgimips mips Silicon Graphics’ MIPS-based workstations 7.1
shark arm Digital DNARD (“shark”) 7.1
sparc sparc Sun SPARC (32-bit) 7.1
sun2 m68k Sun 2 7.1
sun3 m68k Sun 3 and 3x 7.1
vax vax Digital VAX 7.1
x68k m68k Sharp X680x0 series 7.1
zaurus arm Sharp C7x0/C860/C1000/C3x00 series PDA 7.1

So the platformm support that NetBSD got is quite amazing. And now 7.1 is actually available for all of these systems.

NetBSD website

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