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FreeBSD 9.1 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 9.1. 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-stable mailing list. MFC requests should be sent to


Action Expected Actual Description
Initial release schedule announcement - 5June2012 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Release schedule reminder 17June2012 26June2012 Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
Code freeze begins 2July2012 3July2012 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/9 branch will require explicit approval. Certain blanket approvals will be granted for narrow areas of development, documentation improvements, etc.
BETA1 6July2012 15July2012 First beta test snapshot.
releng/9.1 branch 3August2012 5August2012 Subversion branch created, propagated to CVS; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
RC1 20July2012 23August2012 First release candidate.
RC2 7September2012 9October2012 Second release candidate.
RC3 17October2012 3November2012 Third release candidate.
RELEASE build 9November2012 4December2012 9.1-RELEASE built.
RELEASE announcement 12November2012 31December2012 9.1-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam - 15January2013 releng/9.1 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

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