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FreeBSD 10.0 Release Process
Introduction
This is the release schedule for FreeBSD {{< param localRel >}}. For more information about the release engineering process, please see the link:../../../releng/[Release Engineering] section of the web site.
General discussions about the pending release and known issues should be sent to the public mailto:FreeBSD-stable@FreeBSD.org[freebsd-stable] mailing list. link:{handbook}#mfc-glossary[MFC] requests should be sent to re@FreeBSD.org.
Schedule
During the {{< param localBranchHead >}} freeze, the Release Engineering Team may create ALPHA snapshots to publish for testing purposes. As the frequency and total number of the ALPHA snapshots will depend on the length of time the {{< param localBranchHead >}} branch is frozen, no official schedule is provided.
Announcements regarding the availability of the ALPHA snapshots will be sent to the mailto:freebsd-current@FreeBSD.org[freebsd-current] and mailto:freebsd-snapshots@FreeBSD.org[freebsd-snapshots] mailing lists.
|Action |Expected |Actual |Description
|Initial release schedule announcement |- |13 August 2013 |Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
|Release schedule reminder |19 August 2013 |19 August 2013 |Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
|Code slush begins |24 August 2013 |24 August 2013 |Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the {{< param localBranchStable >}} branch will not require explicit approval, however new features should be avoided.
|Code freeze begins |7 September 2013 |7 September 2013 |Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the {{< param localBranchHead >}} branch will require explicit approval. Certain blanket approvals will be granted for narrow areas of development, documentation improvements, etc.
|KBI freeze begins |21 September 2013 |29 September 2013 |Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the {{< param localBranchHead >}} branch will require explicit approval. Additionally, there can be no changes to the KBI until {{< param localBranchHead >}} is branched to {{< param localBranchStable >}}.
| {{< param localBranchStable >}} branch |10 October 2013 |10 October 2013 |Subversion branch created; release engineering continues on this branch.
|BETA1 builds begin |12 October 2013 |12 October 2013 |First beta test snapshot.
|BETA2 builds begin |18 October 2013 |26 October 2013 |Second beta test snapshot.
|BETA3 builds begin |- |3 November 2013 |Third beta test snapshot.
|BETA4 builds begin |24 November 2013 |30 November 2013 |Fourth beta test snapshot.
| {{< param localBranchReleng >}} branch |[.line-through]#25 October 2013# +
7 December 2013 |7 December 2013 |Subversion branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
|RC1 builds begin |[.line-through]#25 October 2013# +
7 December 2013 |7 December 2013 |First release candidate.
|RC2 builds begin |[.line-through]#2 November 2013# +
14 December 2013 |15 December 2013 |Second release candidate.
|RC3 builds begin |[.line-through]#10 November 2013# +
21 December 2013 |23 December 2013 |Third release candidate.
|RC4 builds begin |31 December 2013 |31 December 2013 |Fourth release candidate.
|RC5 builds begin |8 January 2014 |8 January 2014 |Fifth release candidate.
|RELEASE builds begin |[.line-through]#18 November 2013# +
[.line-through]#28 December 2013# +
[.line-through]#7 January 2014# +
15 January 2014 |15 January 2014 |10.0-RELEASE build.
|RELEASE announcement |[.line-through]#24 November 2013# +
[.line-through]#2 January 2014# +
[.line-through]#14 January 2014# +
20 January 2014 |20 January 2014 |10.0-RELEASE press release.
|Turn over to the secteam |- |- | {{< param localBranchReleng >}} branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.
Additional Information
link:../../[FreeBSD Release Engineering website]