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FreeBSD 8.1 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 8.1. 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 - 01April2010 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 24May2010 25May2010 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/8 branch will require explicit approval. Certain blanket approvals will be granted for narrow areas of development, documentation improvements, etc.
BETA1 28May2010 27May2010 First beta test snapshot.
releng/8.1 branch 10June2010 14June2010 Subversion branch created, propagated to CVS; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
RC1 11June2010 14June2010 First release candidate.
RC2 25June2010 26June2010 Second release candidate.
RELEASE build 09July2010 17July2010 8.1-RELEASE built.
RELEASE announcement TBD 23July2010 8.1-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam TBD 30July2010 RELENG_8_1 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

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