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FreeBSD 11.3 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD11.3. For more information about the release engineering process, please see the Release Engineering section of the web site.

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Action Expected Actual Description
Initial release schedule announcement - 21March2019 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Release schedule reminder 19April2019 19April2019 Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
Code slush begins 3May2019 3May2019 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/11 branch will not require explicit approval, however new features should be avoided.
Code freeze begins 17May2019 17May2019 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/11 branch will require explicit approval. Certain blanket approvals will be granted for narrow areas of development, documentation improvements, etc.
BETA1 builds begin 24May2019 24May2019 First beta test snapshot.
BETA2 builds begin 31May2019 31May2019 Second beta test snapshot.
BETA3 builds begin 7June2019 7June2019 Third beta test snapshot.
releng/11.3 branch 14June2019 14June2019 Subversion branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
RC1 builds begin 14June2019 14June2019 First release candidate.
stable/11thaw 16June2019 - The code freeze on the stable/11 branch is lifted.
RC2 builds begin 21June2019 - Second release candidate.
RC3 builds begin* 28June2019 - Third release candidate.
RELEASE builds begin 5July2019 - 11.3-RELEASE builds begin.
RELEASE announcement 9July2019 - 11.3-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam - - releng/11.3 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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