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FreeBSD 10.4 Release Process

Introduction

This is the release schedule for FreeBSD10.4. 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 re@FreeBSD.org.

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Our developers and release engineers are working on the next releases of FreeBSD; if you wish to help with testing, please download the latest builds. Please note that these images are, by their very nature, intended for testing and should not be used in production environments.

Available installation images are listed on the download page.

Schedule

Action Expected Actual Description
Initial release schedule announcement - 29May2017 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Release schedule reminder 28June2017 28June2017 Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
Code slush begins 28July2017 31July2017 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/10 branch will not require explicit approval, however new features should be avoided.
Code freeze begins 11August2017 11August2017 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/10 branch will require explicit approval. Certain blanket approvals will be granted for narrow areas of development, documentation improvements, etc.
BETA1 builds begin 18August2017 18August2017 First beta test snapshot.
BETA2 builds begin 25August2017 25August2017 Second beta test snapshot.
BETA3 builds begin* 1September2017 1September2017 Third beta test snapshot.
BETA4 builds begin* 8September2017 8September2017 Fourth beta test snapshot.
releng/10.4 branch 15September2017 15September2017 Subversion branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
RC1 builds begin 15September2017 15September2017 First release candidate.
stable/10thaw 17September2017 17September2017 The code freeze on the stable/10 branch is lifted.
RC2 builds begin 22September2017 - Second release candidate.
RELEASE builds begin 29September2017 - 10.4-RELEASE builds begin.
RELEASE announcement 3October2017 - 10.4-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam - - releng/10.4 branch is handed over to the FreeBSDSecurity Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

"*" indicates "as-needed" items.

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