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FreeBSD 10.0 Release Process

Introduction

This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 10.0. 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. MFC requests should be sent to re@FreeBSD.org.

Schedule

During the head freeze, the Release Engineering Team may create ALPHA snapshots to publish for testing purposes. As the frequency and total number of the ALPHA snapshots will depend on the length of time the head branch is frozen, no official schedule is provided.

Announcements regarding the availability of the ALPHA snapshots will be sent to the freebsd-current and freebsd-snapshots mailing lists.

Action Expected Actual Description
Initial release schedule announcement - 13August2013 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Release schedule reminder 19August2013 19August2013 Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
Code slush begins 24August2013 24August2013 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/10 branch will not require explicit approval, however new features should be avoided.
Code freeze begins 7September2013 7September2013 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the head branch will require explicit approval. Certain blanket approvals will be granted for narrow areas of development, documentation improvements, etc.
KBI freeze begins 21September2013 29September2013 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the head branch will require explicit approval. Additionally, there can be no changes to the KBI until head is branched to stable/10.
stable/10 branch 10October2013 10October2013 Subversion branch created; release engineering continues on this branch.
BETA1 builds begin 12October2013 12October2013 First beta test snapshot.
BETA2 builds begin 18October2013 26October2013 Second beta test snapshot.
BETA3 builds begin - 3November2013 Third beta test snapshot.
BETA4 builds begin 24November2013 30November2013 Fourth beta test snapshot.
releng/10.0 branch 25October2013
7December2013
7December2013 Subversion branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
RC1 builds begin 25October2013
7December2013
7December2013 First release candidate.
RC2 builds begin 2November2013
14December2013
15December2013 Second release candidate.
RC3 builds begin 10November2013
21December2013
23December2013 Third release candidate.
RC4 builds begin 31December2013 31December2013 Fourth release candidate.
RC5 builds begin 8January2014 8January2014 Fifth release candidate.
RELEASE builds begin 18November2013
28December2013
7January2014
15January2014
15January2014 10.0-RELEASE build.
RELEASE announcement 24November2013
2January2014
14January2014
20January2014
20January2014 10.0-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam - - releng/10.0 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

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