NetBSD 1.1 is a evolutionary release which contains over a year of changes to the kernel, user-level utilities, and documentation.
Continuing the multi-platform tradition, NetBSD has added ports to atari and mvme68k based machines. Kernel interfaces have continued to be refined, and now several subsystems and device drivers are shared among the different ports. You can look for this trend to continue.
NetBSD 1.1 has significantly enhanced the binary emulation subsystem (which includes iBCS2, Linux, OSF/1, SunOS, SVR4, Solaris and Ultrix compatibility) and several kernel subsystems have been generalized to support this more readily. The binary emulation strategy is aimed at making the emulation as accurate as possible.
NetBSD 1.1 is also the first release to see machine-independent disk striping. The concatenated disk driver (ccd), which was previously supported only by the hp300 port, has been vastly improved. Many bugs were fixed, and explicit references to device-dependent routines removed and replaced by calls to the generic "vnode operation" routines. In addition, several features were added, including partition support, dynamic configuration and unconfiguration via a user space system utility program, and virtually unlimited number of component devices.
Many new user programs have been added in NetBSD 1.1, as well, bringing it closer to our goal of supplying a complete UN*X-like environment.
We believe that the NetBSD Foundation will help improve the quality of NetBSD by:
We intend to integrate free, positive changes from whatever sources will provide them, providing that they are well thought-out and increase the usability of the system.
Above all, we hope to create a stable and accessible system, and to be responsive to the needs and desires of NetBSD users, because it is for and because of them that NetBSD exists.
(text above from the installation documentation)