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FreeBSD 7.4 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 7.4. 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 should be sent to


Action Expected Actual Description
Initial release schedule announcement - 08 October 2010 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Release schedule reminder - Weekly Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
Code freeze begins 28 November 2010 29 November 2010 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/7 branch will require explicit approval. Certain blanket approvals will be granted for narrow areas of development, documentation improvements, etc.
BETA1 03 December 2010 10 December 2010 First beta test snapshot.
releng/7.4 branch 15 December 2010 21 December 2010 Subversion branch created, propagated to CVS; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
RC1 17 December 2010 26 December 2010 First release candidate.
RC2 07 January 2011 22 January 2011 Second release candidate.
RC3 28 January 2011 03 February 2011 Third release candidate.
RELEASE build 21 January 2011 - 7.4-RELEASE built.
RELEASE announcement 24 January 2011 - 7.4-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam 31 January 2011 - RELENG_7_4 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

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Last modified on: May 15, 2021 by Allan Jude