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The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that NetBSD 5.0, the thirteenth major release of the NetBSD operating system, is now available. NetBSD 5.0 features greatly improved performance and scalability on modern multiprocessor (SMP) and multi-core systems. Multi-threaded applications can now efficiently make use of more than one CPU or core, and system performance is much better under I/O and network load, benefiting, for example, server, scientific, and software development workloads.

This improved performance is the result of a rewritten threading subsystem based on a 1:1 threading model, new kernel synchronization primitives, kernel preemption, a rewritten scheduler implementation, real-time scheduling extensions, processor sets, and dynamic CPU sets for thread affinity. Almost all core kernel subsystems, like virtual memory, memory allocators, file system frameworks for major file systems, and others were audited and overhauled to make use of highly concurrent algorithms.

In addition to scalability and performance improvements, a significant number of major features have been added. Some highlights are: a preview of metadata journaling for FFS file systems (known as WAPBL, Write Ahead Physical Block Logging), the 'jemalloc' memory allocator, the X.Org X11 distribution instead of XFree86 on a number of ports, the Power Management Framework, ACPI suspend/resume support on many laptops, write support for UDF file systems, the Automated Testing Framework, the Runnable Userspace Meta Program framework, Xen 3.3 support for both i386 and amd64, POSIX message queues and asynchronous I/O, and many new hardware device drivers. Please read below for a full list of changes in NetBSD 5.0.

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I tried 5.0RC4 recently on my d630 laptop, works/runs flawlessly, 15 seconds to login prompt, very light and fast, acpi works great, and so and so ...

The only drawback is lack of working audio and generally old audio subsystem (comparing to FreeBSD/OSS4 functionality), maybe they will work on that on the road to 6.0/5.1.

But besides audio (maybe only on my laptop) all other things works great, including 3D accelration, I really encourage to give NetBSD some test drive on you box, really great improovement.
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I will definitely be giving it a go when I have a chance. I tried RC2 a couple months ago. Neither shutdown -p nor suspend/resume worked correctly then, but perhaps those issues have been resolved.

Do you happen to know what version of X.Org is being used? I am hoping that 2D acceleration might work for my late-model ATI video card.
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Do you happen to know what version of X.Org is being used?
7.3 if I recall corectly, but You need to verify that.

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I am hoping that 2D acceleration might work for my late-model ATI video card.
With radeonhd driver should work, but I do not own ant ATI/AMD chips, co cant confirm here.
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Most of that is way over my head, but Xorg in -release sounds good. This should make a fine excuse to un-crate my red thing and hit the library for some high-speed downloading, followed by ultra-low-speed USB file copying, on Bill's platform.
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Also a rather recent comparasion of NetBSD 5.0 RC2 with FreeBSD 8-CURRENT:
http://people.freebsd.org/~kris/scal...d/compare.html
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