open-source Unix-like operating system

NetBSD is an open source version of the Unix-derivative BSD computer operating system.

DeveloperThe NetBSD Foundation
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Initial release19 April 1993; 30 years ago (1993-04-19)
Latest release9.3[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 4 August 2022; 20 December 2022; Error: first parameter cannot be parsed as a date or time. (4 August 2022; 20 December 2022)
Latest preview9.99.x[2] / Daily builds
Package managerpkgsrc
PlatformsAlpha, ARM, x86 (x86-32 and x86-64), PA-RISC, 68k, MIPS, PowerPC, SH3, SPARC, RISC-V, VAX
Kernel typeMonolithic with dynamically loadable modules, rump kernel
user interface
Unix shell
License2-clause BSD license

NetBSD is known for being very portable (able to work with a many kinds of computers), such as a small ARM or big amd64 Opteron computers. It is also seen as being fast (does things quickly), secure (hard for people to do bad things to) and stable (does not break often).

When people use NetBSD, like most software, they must agree to a license. The BSD license, which NetBSD uses, allows everyone to use, change, give away or sell NetBSD, as long as they do not take away the copyright notice and license text. This means people can make new things from NetBSD without having to give people the source code (information for the computer to make the program run).

References Edit

  1. "NetBSD 9.3 released"; author name string: Nia Alarie; publication date: 6 August 2022; retrieved: 6 August 2022.
  2. Daily Release Engineering Builds

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