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The NetBSD Project celebrates its 10th anniversary!

The Internet, March 21 -- This week marks the tenth anniversary of the beginning of development of the NetBSD Operating System, one of the oldest actively maintained, freely-available operating systems. NetBSD runs on everything from embedded systems to desktop workstations, from handhelds to big-iron servers, and is developed by the NetBSD Project (, one of the first Open Source projects.

The first commits were made to the NetBSD source code repository on March 21, 1993, and the first release of the NetBSD Operating System, NetBSD 0.8, was announced on USENET shortly thereafter. Throughout the past ten years, NetBSD has increased the portability and security
of the 4BSD operating system on which NetBSD was based, and added support for new processor and system families, while enhancing the system's performance. Following NetBSD 0.8, eight major and numerous maintenance releases of NetBSD have been produced, and NetBSD has become known as the most portable operating system in the world.

NetBSD 1.6, the latest release, includes support for most major current processor architectures, including x86, Alpha, SPARC, ARM, M68K, MIPS, PowerPC, and SH, as well as several legacy processor architectures. It supports 39 different system architectures.

The next major release, NetBSD 2.0, will continue the tradition of the last ten years by providing additional features and hardware support while maintaining the stability and performance that users have come to expect from NetBSD. NetBSD 2.0 will include support for x86-64 processors and will provide native threads based on Scheduler Activations. It will support over fifty system architectures, including support for symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) on x86, Alpha, and SPARC systems, on PowerPC-based Macintoshes, and even on VAXen.

Code from NetBSD has been included in countless other projects, Open Source and otherwise. It has been used in research and education as well as in commercial products. Literally thousands of third-party applications have been made available for use under NetBSD through the use of ``pkgsrc,'' the NetBSD Packages Collection. Keeping with NetBSD's goal of portability, pkgsrc also supports several other operating systems, thereby allowing consistent installation and management of third-party software across multiple platforms.

In honor of the momentous event of NetBSD's 10th birthday, many of the nearly 200 active NetBSD developers are holding public regional gatherings to celebrate with fellow developers, NetBSD users, and interested members of the public.

Details of these celebrations can be found at:

If you are holding a NetBSD birthday party and wish to list its details on that site, please email with the details (in a format similar to the other entries on that page).

For more information on the NetBSD Project, please visit the NetBSD Project home page at or contact In addition, selected links to more information are provided below.

NetBSD Project home page:

The NetBSD 1.6 release:

pkgsrc, the NetBSD Packages Collection:

Platforms supported by NetBSD:

Products and projects using NetBSD:

The first commit, and the NetBSD 0.8 release announcement:

NetBSD release history and the BSD family tree:

``NetBSD'' and ``pkgsrc'' are trademarks of The NetBSD Foundation, Inc. All other trademarks referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

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