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FreeBSD 8.0 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 8.0. 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


Action Expected Actual Description
Initial release schedule announcement - 29March2009 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Release schedule reminder - 5May2009 Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
Code slush 1June2009 1June2009 Release Engineers announce a slowdown in feature development for the release -- developers are requested to coordinate any non-refinement changes or late-arriving features with the release engineering team.
Code freeze begins 25June2009 27June2009 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the head (and forthcoming RELENG_8 branch) will require explicit approval. Certain blanket approvals will be granted for narrow areas of development, documentation improvmeents, etc.
BETA1 29June2009 6July2009 First beta test snapshot.
BETA2 6July2009 17July2009 Second beta test snapshot.
RELENG_8 branch - 3August2009 - in progress Subversion branch created, propagated to CVS and Perforce; future release engineering proceeds on this branch although code freeze/ slush continue for some time on head.
BETA3 13July2009 24August2009 Third beta test snapshot.
BETA4 5September2009 7September2009 Begin BETA4 builds.
RC1 14September2009 21September2009 First release candidate.
RC2 21September2009 28October2009 Second release candidate.
RC3 - 12November2009 Third release candidate.
RELEASE build 28September2009 22November2009 8.0-RELEASE built.
RELEASE announcement TBD 25November2009 8.0-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam TBD 01December2009 RELENG_8_0 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

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