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FreeBSD 8.3 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 8.3. 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.


Action Expected Actual Description
Initial release schedule announcement - 25January2012 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Code freeze begins 15February2012 15February2012 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 17February2012 20February2012 First beta test snapshot.
releng/8.3 branch - 3March2012 Subversion branch created, propagated to CVS; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
RC1 02March2012 06March2012 First release candidate.
RC2 16March2012 2April2012 Second release candidate.
RELEASE build 9April2012 9April2012 8.3-RELEASE build.
RELEASE announcement - 18April2012 8.3-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam - - releng/8.3 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

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