The NetBSD Project was announced NetBSD 9.0, which comes with several improvements, hardware supports, and bug fixes. Now, the NetBSD Project announced NetBSD 9.1, the first update of the NetBSD 9 release branch.
NetBSD is a lightweight, highly portable operating system that can run on many CPU hardware architectures. NetBSD 9.1, introduces several performance improvements, bug fixes, and improved stability for ZFS volumes. Additionally, the default graphical user interface has been changed too. Let’s have a look at highlights of the new release:
- Parallelized disk encryption with cgd(4)
- Added the C.UTF-8 locale
- Added support for Xen 4.13. Various reliability fixes and improvements for ZFS
- Added support for ZFS on dk(4) wedges on ld(4).
- NVMM hypervisor updated, bringing improved emulation, performance, and stability. Additional settings for the NPF firewall, updated documentation, and various npfctl(8) usability improvements.
- X11 improvements, default window manager switched to ctwm(1), enabled sixel support in xterm(1), fixes for older Intel chipsets
- The amd64 “uefi-installimage” for USB drives, SD cards, etc was renamed to simply “installimage” for this release, since it’s misleadingly always supported both UEFI and non-UEFI systems
- The evbarm INSTALL instructions were updated to reflect the reality of modern NetBSD support for AArch64/ARMv7 devices
- The afterboot(8) man page was updated with new information
- Many sysinst(8) bugs were fixed
It is possible to see the complete list of the changes in detail here. The NetBSD Project also gave some direct links to binaries for several popular architectures.