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FreeBSD 8.4 Release Process

Introduction

This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 8.4. For more information about the release engineering process, please see the Release Engineering section of the web site.

General discussions about the pending release and known issues should be sent to the public freebsd-stable mailing list.

Schedule

Action Expected Actual Description
Initial release schedule announcement - 08February2013 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Announce doc/ tree slush - 28February2013 Notification of the impending doc/ tree slush should be sent to doc@.
Code freeze begins 08March2013 08March2013 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/8 branch will require explicit approval. Certain blanket approvals will be granted for narrow areas of development, documentation improvements, etc.
BETA1 20March2013 22March2013 First beta test snapshot.
doc/ tree slush 17March2013 17March2013 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.
ports/ tree freeze 30March2013 30March2013 Only security updates and critical fixes will be allowed to the tree during this freeze.
releng/8.4 branch 18March2013 28March2013 Subversion branch created, propagated to CVS; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
RC1 30March2013 10April2013 First release candidate.
RC2 21April2013 22April2013 Second release candidate.
RC3 30April2013 8May2013 Third release candidate.
RELEASE build 02June2013 02June2013 8.4-RELEASE build.
RELEASE announcement 07June2013 07June2013 8.4-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam - 16June2013 releng/8.4 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.