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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 - 19 April 2011 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Release schedule reminder - 6 May 2011,
15 June 2011
Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
Code freeze begins 17 July 2011 18 July 2011 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 20 July 2011 1 August 2011 First beta test snapshot.
BETA2 3 August 2011 7 September 2011 Second beta test snapshot.
releng/9.0 branch 3 August 2011 10 November 2011 Subversion branch created, propagated to CVS; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
BETA3 17 August 2011 28 September 2011 Third beta test snapshot.
RC1 24 August 2011 22 October 2011 First release candidate.
RC2 31 August 2011 17 November 2011 Second release candidate.
RC3 - 8 December 2011 Third release candidate.
RELEASE build 7 September 2011 3 January 2012 9.0-RELEASE built.
RELEASE announcement - 12 January 2012 9.0-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam - 16 February 2012 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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Last modified on: May 15, 2021 by Allan Jude