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FreeBSD 4.6.2-RELEASE Announcement

Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2002 14:08:02 -0700
From: "Murray Stokely" <>
Subject: FreeBSD 4.6.2-RELEASE is now available

I am happy to announce the availability of FreeBSD 4.6.2-RELEASE, a maintenance release of the FreeBSD 4.6-STABLE branch. Since FreeBSD 4.6-RELEASE in June 2002, we have resolved several ATA-related problems, updated the system OpenSSL and OpenSSH components, and addressed several security issues.

For a list of new features and known problems, please see the release notes and errata list, available here:

For more information about FreeBSD release engineering activities (including information about the upcoming FreeBSD 4.7), please see:


FreeBSD 4.6.2-RELEASE supports the i386 and alpha architectures and can be installed directly over the net using the boot floppies or copied to a local NFS/FTP server. Distributions for the i386 are available now. As of this writing, the final builds for the alpha architecture are in progress and will be made available shortly.

We can't promise that all the mirror sites will carry the larger ISO images, but they will at least be available from:

If you can't afford FreeBSD on media, are impatient, or just want to use it for evangelism purposes, then by all means download the ISO images, otherwise please continue to support the FreeBSD Project by purchasing media from one of our supporting vendors. The following companies will be offering FreeBSD 4.6.2 based products:

Daemon News
FreeBSD Mall, Inc.
FreeBSD Services Ltd.

FreeBSD is also available via anonymous FTP from mirror sites in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

Before trying the central FTP site, please check your regional mirror(s) first by going to:


Any additional mirror sites will be labeled ftp2, ftp3 and so on.

More information about FreeBSD mirror sites can be found at:

For instructions on installing FreeBSD, please see Chapter 2 of The FreeBSD Handbook. It provides a complete installation walk-through for users new to FreeBSD, and can be found online at:


Many companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to finance the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 4.6.2, including Compaq, Yahoo!, Sentex Communications, NTT/Verio, and The FreeBSD Mall.

In addition to myself, the release engineering team for 4.6.2-RELEASE includes:

Bruce A. Mah<> Release Engineering, Documentation
Robert Watson <> Release Engineering, Security
John Baldwin <> Release Engineering
Brian Somers <> Release Engineering
Steve Price <> Package Splits
Will Andrews <> Package Splits
Kris Kennaway <> Package Building
Jacques A. Vidrine <> Security Officer

Please join me in thanking them for all the hard work which went into making this release. Many thanks are also due to the FreeBSD committers (, without whom there would be nothing to release, and thousands of FreeBSD users world-wide who have contributed bug fixes, features, and suggestions.


Murray Stokely
(For the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team)