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FreeBSD 6.1 Release Process

Introduction

This is a specific schedule for the release of FreeBSD 6.1. 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 -- 25January2006 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule for the FreeBSD 6.1 release.
Code freeze begins 31January2006 31January2006 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 the Ports Freeze -- 5February2006 Someone from portmgr@ should email freebsd-ports@ to set a date for the week long ports freeze and tagging of the ports tree.
Begin 6.1-BETA1 builds 5February2006 5February2006 Begin building the first public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.1-BETA1 5February2006 5February2006 6.1-BETA1 tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to ftp-master.FreeBSD.org.
Begin 6.1-BETA2 builds 19February2006 16February2006 Begin building the second public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.1-BETA2 19February2006 20February2006 6.1-BETA2 tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to ftp-master.FreeBSD.org.
Ports tree frozen 20February2006 23February2006 Only approved commits will be permitted to the ports/ tree during the freeze.
Begin 6.1-BETA3 builds -- 1March2006 Begin building the third public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.1-BETA3 -- 3March2006 6.1-BETA3 tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to ftp-master.FreeBSD.org.
Begin 6.1-BETA4 builds 12March2006 13March2006 Begin building the fourth public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.1-BETA4 -- 14March2006 6.1-BETA4 tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to ftp-master.FreeBSD.org.
RELENG_6_1 branch 5March2006
5April2006
5April2006 The new major version 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.
Build 6.1-RC1 5March2006
5April2006
5April2006 Begin building the first release candidate build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.1-RC1 5March2006
10April2006
-- 6.1-RC1 tier-1 platform images released, and uploaded to ftp-master.FreeBSD.org.
Ports tree tagged 6March2006 14March2006 RELEASE_6_1_0 tag for ports/.
Ports tree unfrozen 6March2006 14March2006 After the ports/ tree is tagged, the ports/ tree will be re-opened for commits, but commits made after tagging will not go in 6.1-RELEASE.
Final package build starts TBD -- The ports cluster and pointyhat build final packages.
Announce doc/ tree slush 6March2006 6March2006 Notification of the impending doc/ tree slush should be sent to doc@.
doc/ tree slush 10March2006
7April2006
7April2006 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.
Build 6.1-RC2 12March2006
30April2006
30April2006 Begin building the second release candidate build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.1-RC2 12March2006
2May2006
2May2006 6.1-RC2 tier-1 platform images released, and uploaded to ftp-master.FreeBSD.org.
doc/ tree tagged. 13March2006
10April2006
17April2006 Version number bumps for doc/ subtree. RELEASE_6_1_0 tag for doc/. doc/ slush ends at this time.
Version numbers bumped 17March2006
7May2006
-- The files listed here are updated to reflect FreeBSD 6.1.
src/ tree tagged 17March2006
7May2006
7May2006 Tag the RELENG_6_1 branch with RELENG_6_1_0_RELEASE.
Begin 6.1-RELEASE builds 17March2006
7May2006
7May2006 Start 6.1-RELEASE Tier-1 builds.
Warn mirror-announce@FreeBSD.org 17March2006
7May2006
-- 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 19March2006
8May2006
8May2006 Release and packages uploaded to ftp-master.FreeBSD.org.
Announcement 20March2006
8May2006
8May2006 Announcement sent out after a majority of the mirrors have received the bits.
Turn over to the secteam TBD -- RELENG_6_1 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

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