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FreeBSD 10.4 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 10.4. 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. MFC requests are no longer being accepted.


Action Expected Actual Description
Initial release schedule announcement - 29 May 2017 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Release schedule reminder 28 June 2017 28 June 2017 Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
Code slush begins 28 July 2017 31 July 2017 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 11 August 2017 11 August 2017 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/10 branch will require explicit approval. Certain blanket approvals will be granted for narrow areas of development, documentation improvements, etc.
BETA1 builds begin 18 August 2017 18 August 2017 First beta test snapshot.
BETA2 builds begin 25 August 2017 25 August 2017 Second beta test snapshot.
BETA3 builds begin * 1 September 2017 1 September 2017 Third beta test snapshot.
BETA4 builds begin * 8 September 2017 8 September 2017 Fourth beta test snapshot.
releng/10.4 branch 15 September 2017 15 September 2017 Subversion branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
RC1 builds begin 15 September 2017 15 September 2017 First release candidate.
stable/10 thaw 17 September 2017 17 September 2017 The code freeze on the stable/10 branch is lifted.
RC2 builds begin 22 September 2017 22 September 2017 Second release candidate.
RELEASE builds begin 29 September 2017 29 September 2017 10.4-RELEASE builds begin.
RELEASE announcement 3 October 2017 3 October 2017 10.4-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam 11 October 2017 11 October 2017 releng/10.4 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

"*" indicates "as-needed" items.

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