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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






Initial release schedule announcement


5 June 2012

Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.

Release schedule reminder

17 June 2012

26 June 2012

Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.

Code freeze begins

2 July 2012

3 July 2012

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.


6 July 2012

15 July 2012

First beta test snapshot.

releng/9.1 branch

3 August 2012

5 August 2012

Subversion branch created, propagated to CVS; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.


20 July 2012

23 August 2012

First release candidate.


7 September 2012

9 October 2012

Second release candidate.


17 October 2012

3 November 2012

Third release candidate.


9 November 2012

4 December 2012

9.1-RELEASE built.

RELEASE announcement

12 November 2012

31 December 2012

9.1-RELEASE press release.

Turn over to the secteam


15 January 2013

releng/9.1 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

Additional Information

Last modified on: February 6, 2024 by Paul Ivanov