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FreeBSD 12.3 Release Process

Introduction

This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 12.3. 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.

Schedule

Action Expected Actual Description

Initial release schedule announcement

-

20 September 2021

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

Release schedule reminder

30 September 2021

1 October 2021

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

Code slush begins

7 October 2021

7 October 2021

Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/12 branch will not require explicit approval, however new features should be avoided.

releng/12.3 branch

21 October 2021

21 October 2021

releng/12.3 branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.

BETA1 builds begin

21 October 2021

21 October 2021

First beta test snapshot.

BETA2 builds begin

28 October 2021

28 October 2021

Second beta test snapshot.

BETA3 builds begin

4 November 2021

4 November 2021

Third beta test snapshot.

RC1 builds begin

11 November 2021

11 November 2021

First release candidate.

RC2 builds begin

18 November 2021

18 November 2021

Second release candidate.

RC3 builds begin

25 November 2021

(not needed)

Third release candidate.

RELEASE builds begin

2 December 2021

2 December 2021

12.3-RELEASE builds begin.

RELEASE announcement

7 December 2021

7 December 2021

12.3-RELEASE press release.

Turn over to the secteam

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22 December 2021

releng/12.3 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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