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FreeBSD 11.2 Release Process
FreeBSD {{% param localRel %}} 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 are no longer being accepted.
Schedule
|Action |Expected |Actual |Description
|Initial release schedule announcement |- |12 February 2018 |Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
|Release schedule reminder |16 March 2018 |16 March 2018 |Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
|Code slush begins |20 April 2018 |20 April 2018 |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 |4 May 2018 |4 May 2018 |Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the {{% param localBranchStable %}} branch will require explicit approval. Certain blanket approvals will be granted for narrow areas of development, documentation improvements, etc.
|BETA1 builds begin |11 May 2018 |11 May 2018 |First beta test snapshot.
|BETA2 builds begin |18 May 2018 |18 May 2018 |Second beta test snapshot.
|BETA3 builds begin |25 May 2018 |25 May 2018 |Third beta test snapshot.
|{{% param localBranchReleng %}} branch |1 June 2018 |1 June 2018 |Subversion branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
|RC1 builds begin |1 June 2018 |1 June 2018 |First release candidate.
|{{% param localBranchStable %}} thaw |3 June 2018 |2 June 2018 |The code freeze on the {{% param localBranchStable %}} branch is lifted.
|RC2 builds begin |8 June 2018 |8 June 2018 |Second release candidate.
|RC3 builds begin |15 June 2018 |15 June 2018 |Third release candidate.
|RELEASE builds begin |22 June 2018 |22 June 2018 |{{% param localRel %}}-RELEASE builds begin.
|RELEASE announcement |27 June 2018 |27 June 2018 |{{% param localRel %}}-RELEASE press release.
|Turn over to the secteam |- |18 July 2018 |{{% param localBranchReleng %}} branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.
"*" indicates "as-needed" items.
Additional Information
link:https://www.FreeBSD.org/releng/[FreeBSD Release Engineering website]