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FreeBSD 12.1 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD12.1. For more information about the release engineering process, please see the Release Engineering section of the web site.

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Action Expected Actual Description
Initial release schedule announcement - 14May2019 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Release schedule reminder 2August2019 2August2019 Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
Code slush begins 6September2019 6September2019 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/12 branch will not require explicit approval, however new features should be avoided.
releng/12.1 branch 20September2019 20September2019 Subversion branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
BETA1 builds begin 20September2019 20September2019 First beta test snapshot.
BETA2 builds begin 27September2019 27September2019 Second beta test snapshot.
BETA3 builds begin 4October2019 4October2019 Third beta test snapshot.
RC1 builds begin 11October2019 11October2019 First release candidate.
RC2 builds begin 18October2019 - Second release candidate.
RC3 builds begin* 25October2019 - Third release candidate.
RELEASE builds begin 1November2019 - 12.1-RELEASE builds begin.
RELEASE announcement 4November2019 - 12.1-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam - - releng/12.1 branch is handed over to the FreeBSDSecurity Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

"*" indicates "as-needed" items.

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