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FreeBSD 11.0 Release Process

Introduction

This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 11.0. 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-current 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

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26 February 2015

Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.

Release schedule reminder

25 March 2016

13 April 2016

Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.

Code slush begins

27 May 2016

27 May 2016

Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the head branch will not require explicit approval, however new features should be avoided.

Code freeze begins

10 June 2016

10 June 2016

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

24 June 2016

24 June 2016

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/11.

stable/11 branch

8 July 2016

8 July 2016

Subversion branch created; release engineering continues on this branch.

BETA1 builds begin

8 July 2016

8 July 2016

First beta test snapshot.

head thaw

9 July 2016

9 July 2016

The code freeze on the head branch is lifted.

BETA2 builds begin

15 July 2016

22 July 2016

Second beta test snapshot.

BETA3 builds begin

29 July 2016

29 July 2016

Third beta test snapshot.

BETA4 builds begin

5 August 2016

5 August 2016

Fourth beta test snapshot.

releng/11.0 branch

12 August 2016

12 August 2016

Subversion branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.

RC1 builds begin

12 August 2016

12 August 2016

First release candidate.

stable/11 thaw

13 August 2016

12 August 2016

The code freeze on the stable/11 branch is lifted.

RC2 builds begin

19 August 2016

24 August 2016

Second release candidate.

RC3 builds begin

26 August 2016
14 September 2016

14 September 2016

Third release candidate.

RELEASE builds begin

2 September 2016
21 September 2016

22 September 2016
28 September 2016

11.0-RELEASE builds begin.

RELEASE announcement

9 September 2016
28 September 2016
5 October 2016
10 October 2016

10 October 2016

11.0-RELEASE press release.

Turn over to the secteam

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24 October 2016

releng/11.0 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

"*" indicates "as-needed" items.

Additional Information