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FreeBSD 6.0 Release Process

Introduction

This is a specific schedule for the release of FreeBSD 6.0. For more general information about the release engineering process, please see the Release Engineering section of the web site.

General discussions about the release engineering process or quality assurance issues should be sent to the public freebsd-qa mailing list. MFC requests should be sent to re@FreeBSD.org.

Schedule

Action Expected Actual Description
Reminder announcement 3June2005 3June2005 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule for the FreeBSD 6.0 release.
Announce the Ports Freeze 22July2005 22July2005 Someone from portmgr@ should email freebsd-ports@ to set a date for the week long ports freeze and tagging of the ports tree.
Code freeze begins 10June2005 10June2005 After this date, all commits to HEAD must be approved by re@FreeBSD.org. Certain highly active documentation committers are exempt from this rule for routine man page / release note updates. Heads-up emails should be sent to the developers, as well as stable@ and qa@ lists.
Announce doc/ tree slush -- 2October2005 Notification of the impending doc/ tree slush should be sent to doc@.
Ports tree frozen 1August2005 1August2005 Only approved commits will be permitted to the ports/ tree during the freeze.
doc/ tree slush 5October2005 5October2005 Non-essential commits to the en_US.ISO8859-1/ subtree should be delayed from this point until after the doc/ tree tagging, to give translation teams time to synchronize their work.
doc/ tree tagged. 10October2005 12October2005 Version number bumps for doc/ subtree. RELEASE_6_0_0 tag for doc/. doc/ slush ends at this time.
RELENG_6 branch 10July2005 11July2005 The new major version branch is created. Update newvers.sh and release.ent on various branches involved.
Begin 6.0-BETA1 builds -- 11July2005 Begin building the first public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.0-BETA1 -- 15July2005 6.0-BETA1 tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to ftp-master.FreeBSD.org.
Begin 6.0-BETA2 builds -- 1August2005 Begin building the second public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.0-BETA2 -- 5August2005 6.0-BETA2 tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to ftp-master.FreeBSD.org.
Begin 6.0-BETA3 builds 20August2005 25August2005 Begin building the third public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.0-BETA3 22August2005 29August2005 6.0-BETA3 tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to ftp-master.FreeBSD.org.
Begin 6.0-BETA4 builds -- 3September2005 Begin building the fourth public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.0-BETA4 -- 7September2005 6.0-BETA4 tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to ftp-master.FreeBSD.org.
Begin 6.0-BETA5 builds -- 17September2005 Begin building the fifth public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.0-BETA5 -- 30September2005 6.0-BETA5 tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to ftp-master.FreeBSD.org.
RELENG_6_0 branch 1August2005
TBD
9October2005 The new release branch is created. Update newvers.sh and release.ent on various branches involved.
src/ unfrozen TBD -- Unfreeze RELENG_6 src. Continue to coordinate significant check-ins with re@FreeBSD.org until the release is final.
Ports tree tagged 15August2005
28August2005
28August2005 RELEASE_6_0_0 tag for ports/.
Ports tree unfrozen 15August2005
28August2005
28August2005 After the ports/ tree is tagged, the ports/ tree will be re-opened for commits, but commits made after tagging will not go in 6.0-RELEASE.
Final package build starts 15August2005
28August2005
28August2005 The ports cluster and pointyhat build final packages.
Build 6.0-RC1 5October2005 9October2005 Begin building the first release candidate build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.0-RC1 TBD 11October2005 6.0-RC1 tier-1 platform images released, and uploaded to ftp-master.FreeBSD.org.
Version numbers bumped TBD -- The files listed here are updated to reflect FreeBSD 6.0.
src/ tree tagged TBD -- Tag the RELENG_6_0 branch with RELENG_6_0_0_RELEASE.
Begin 6.0-RELEASE builds TBD -- Start 6.0-RELEASE Tier-1 builds.
Warn mirror-announce@FreeBSD.org TBD -- Heads up email to mirror-announce@FreeBSD.org to give admins time to prepare for the load spike to come. The site administrators have frequently requested advance notice for new ISOs.
Upload to ftp-master TBD -- Release and packages uploaded to ftp-master.FreeBSD.org.
Announcement 15August2005
TBD
-- Announcement sent out after a majority of the mirrors have received the bits.
Turn over to the secteam TBD -- RELENG_6_0 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

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