Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Apr 2009 11:42 UTC, submitted by haad
NetBSD The guys and girls behind the NetBSD project have released version 5.0 of their BSD operating system. NetBSD is a highly-portable operating system, the second open-source BSD implementation (after 386BSD). Naturally, version 5.0 comes packed with a whole boatload of improvements.
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Compare to other BSDs?
by werfu on Thu 30th Apr 2009 13:03 UTC
werfu
Member since:
2005-09-15

How is it advanced compare to FreeBSD or OpenBSD? It seems they've been trailling behind a bit. Do the BSDs exchange code?

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RE: Compare to other BSDs?
by darknexus on Thu 30th Apr 2009 13:11 in reply to "Compare to other BSDs?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

NetBSD and OpenBSD share many common aspects, as one would expect given that OpenBSD was originally a fork of NetBSD. Code sharing seems to happen quite a bit, typically from NetBSD to OpenBSD, i.e. NetBSD is the proving ground and OpenBSD incorporates the feature when most of the kinks have been worked out of it. OpenBSD actually seems to trail the farthest behind in the *BSD oses, as they often wait until something is proven before bothering to implement it, or delay for other reasons. Prime example: OpenBSD just recently (last release) got WPA support for wireless encryption.
NetBSD is a personal favorite os of mine, because it's clean, stable, minimalistic, and generally stays the hell out of my way. I tell it to do something and it does it, without trying to hold my hand or prompt for confirmation a gazillion times. This release looks nice, I'm particularly excited about the ACPI support. Wonder how well it'd work on my Eee? If ACPI works on the Eee now, it would make an ideal netbook os due to its light resource usage and, it being minimalistic, you can basically fine-tune every aspect of the system. I often think of it as the Gentoo of the *BSD family.

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RE[2]: Compare to other BSDs?
by hurdboy on Thu 30th Apr 2009 14:16 in reply to "RE: Compare to other BSDs?"
hurdboy Member since:
2005-09-02

Some of the mailing list posts are very complimentary about 5.0 on the eee; things like "all the hardware works from the beginning, unlike every other linux I've tried."

May suggest it to some of the local unix users group members to see what their experiences are.

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RE: Compare to other BSDs?
by mindaur on Thu 30th Apr 2009 13:33 in reply to "Compare to other BSDs?"
mindaur Member since:
2007-09-04

Presentation about NetBSD 5.0 features and performance was recently announced:

http://mail-index.netbsd.org/netbsd-announce/2009/04/29/msg000064.h...

The actual PDF with graphs is here:

http://www.netbsd.org/~ad/50.pdf

NetBSD's core kernel is in many aspects very similar to Solaris (interfaces use similar design and concept, eg. synchronization primitives, slab allocator, etc) today. Neither OpenBSD nor FreeBSD kernels are very similar to NetBSD, each diverged a lot.

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