Over time, several kernel components were removed from NetBSD, often because they were too hard to maintain, not always functional, and because the features they implemented were not particularly wanted anymore.

This page provides a list of these removed components, with references to the original code.

Only the features that were not superseded are listed.

Each component used to be maintained and functional, but over time became broken because of lack of interest and inability to test changes, especially on old hardware and ABIs. An estimation is provided of the NetBSD release believed to have had the most functional version of each feature, before the feature started deprecating. Note that this estimation may not be totally accurate.

Component Category Removed Since Most Functional Version References
vm86 x86 CPU Mode 08/2017 NetBSD 7 Many, was widespread, not reinstatable
ipkdb Remote Debugger 07/2018 Commit
n8 Driver 08/2018 Commit
ndis Network Driver 08/2018 Userland Commit, Kernel Commit
midway Network Driver 09/2018 Commit
natm Network Protocol 09/2018 Commit
daic Network Driver 09/2018 Commit
iavc Network Driver 09/2018 Commit
ifpci Network Driver 09/2018 Commit
ifritz Network Driver 09/2018 Commit
iwic Network Driver 09/2018 Commit
isic Network Driver 09/2018 Commit
isdn Network Protocol 09/2018 Userland Commit, Kernel Commit
lmc Network Driver 12/2018 Commit
compat_svr4 Compatibility layer 12/2018 NetBSD 4 Commit
compat_ibcs2 Compatibility layer 12/2018 Commit
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