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First release candidate for NetBSD 9.0 available!

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On behalf of the NetBSD project, it is my pleasure to announce the first
(and hopefully only) release candidate of NetBSD 9.0.

Many changes have been made since 8.1.  Here are a few highlights:

 - Support for Arm AArch64 (64-bit Armv8-A) machines, including
   "Arm ServerReady"  compliant machines (SBBR+SBSA)
 - Enhanced hardware support for Armv7-A
 - Updated GPU drivers (e.g. support for Intel Kabylake)
 - Enhanced virtualization support
 - Support for hardware-accelerated virtualization (NVMM)
 - Support for Performance Monitoring Counters
 - Support for Kernel ASLR
 - Support several kernel sanitizers (KLEAK, KASAN, KUBSAN)
 - Support for userland sanitizers
 - Audit of the network stack
 - Many improvements in NPF
 - Updated ZFS
 - Reworked error handling and NCQ support in the SATA subsystem
 - Support a common framework for USB Ethernet drivers (usbnet)

Since the start of the release process four months ago a lot of improvements
went into the branch - more than 500 pullups were processed!
This includes usbnet (a common framework for usb ethernet drivers), aarch64
stability enhancements and lots of new hardware support, installer/sysinst
fixes and changes to the NVMM (hardware virtualization) interface.

Binaries of NetBSD 9.0_RC1 are available for download via our Fastly

(or from, or one of
its mirrors)

Those who prefer to build from source can either use the netbsd-9-0-RC1
tag or follow the netbsd-9 branch.

Please help us out by testing 9.0_RC1.  We love any and all feedback.
Report problems through the usual channels (submit a PR or write to the
appropriate list).  More general feedback is welcome at
Your input will help us put the finishing touches on what promises to be a
great release!



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Also: NetBSD 9.0 RC1 Released With 64-Bit Arm Support, Updated ZFS + Other Improvements

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