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FreeBSD 9.0 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 9.0. 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-stable mailing list. MFC requests should be sent to


Action Expected Actual Description
Initial release schedule announcement - 19April2011 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Release schedule reminder - 6May2011,
Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
Code freeze begins 17July2011 18July2011 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the head branch will require explicit approval. Certain blanket approvals will be granted for narrow areas of development, documentation improvements, etc.
BETA1 20July2011 1August2011 First beta test snapshot.
BETA2 3August2011 7September2011 Second beta test snapshot.
releng/9.0 branch 3August2011 10November2011 Subversion branch created, propagated to CVS; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
BETA3 17August2011 28September2011 Third beta test snapshot.
RC1 24August2011 22October2011 First release candidate.
RC2 31August2011 17November2011 Second release candidate.
RC3 - 8December2011 Third release candidate.
RELEASE build 7September2011 3January2012 9.0-RELEASE built.
RELEASE announcement - 12January2012 9.0-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam - 16February2012 RELENG_9_0 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

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