Announcing NetBSD 8.0 Release

Announcing NetBSD 8.0 Release

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Announcing NetBSD 8.0 Release

Announcing NetBSD 8.0 Release


NetBSD 8.0. Release The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.0, the sixteenth major release of the NetBSD operating system.

This release brings stability improvements, hundreds of bug fixes, and many new features. Some highlights of the NetBSD 8.0. release are

Many evbarm kernels now use FDT (flat device tree) information (loadable at boot time from an external file) for device configuration, the number of kernels has decreased but the number of boards has vastly increased.

Lots of updates to 3rd party software included:

NetBSD 8.0 Release

  • GCC 5.5 with support for Address Sanitizer and Undefined Behavior Sanitizer
  • GDB 7.12
  • GNU binutils 2.27
  • Clang/LLVM 3.8.1
  • OpenSSH 7.6
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2k
  • mdocml 1.14.1
  • acpica 20170303
  • ntp 4.2.8p11-o
  • dhcpcd 7.0.6
  • Lua 5.3.4

Please read below for a full list of changes in NetBSD 8.0.

Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 8.0 are available for download at many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing FTP, AnonCVS, and other services may be found at and our CDN. We encourage users who wish to install via ISO or USB disk images to download via BitTorrent by using the torrent filessupplied in the images area. A list of hashes for the NetBSD 8.0 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:

Update Recommendation / Security Hint

NetBSD takes security very seriously. As you are likely aware, there have been a multitude of serious security issues discovered at the CPU level (to name only the two most prominent, Meltdown and Spectre). NetBSD 8.0 contains all the mitigations and workarounds as far as we know as of the date of the release.

We support older releases, but due to the mass of recent urgent fixes and a lot of work having been done to harden NetBSD in general, we are not backporting the CPU errata related workarounds and mitigations to older release branches!


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