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FreeBSD 9.3 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 9.3. 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. MFC requests should be sent to


Action Expected Actual Description
Initial release schedule announcement - 4March2014 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Release schedule reminder 4April2014 11April2014 Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
Code slush begins 9May2014 9May2014 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/9 branch will not require explicit approval, however new features should be avoided.
Code freeze begins 23May2014 23May2014 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 builds begin 30May2014 30May2014 First beta test snapshot.
BETA2 builds begin 6June2014 6June2014 Second beta test snapshot.
BETA3 builds begin 13June2014 13June2014 Third beta test snapshot.
releng/9.3 branch 20June2014 20June2014 Subversion branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
RC1 builds begin 20June2014 20June2014 First release candidate.
RC2 builds begin 27June2014 27June2014 Second release candidate.
RC3 builds begin 4July2014 4July2014 Third release candidate.
RELEASE builds begin 11July2014 11July2014 9.3-RELEASE builds begin.
RELEASE announcement 16July2014 16July2014 9.3-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam - 30July2014 releng/9.3 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

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