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FreeBSD 11.4 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD11.4. 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 - 3January2020 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Release schedule reminder 20March2020 20March2020 Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
Code slush begins 24April2020 24April2020 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/11 branch will not require explicit approval, however new features should be avoided.
releng/11.4 branch 8May2020 8May2020 Subversion branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
BETA1 builds begin 8May2020 8May2020 First beta test snapshot.
BETA2 builds begin 15May2020 15May2020 Second beta test snapshot.
RC1 builds begin 22May2020 22May2020 First release candidate.
RC2 builds begin 29May2020 - Second release candidate.
RC3 builds begin* 5June2020 - Third release candidate.
RELEASE builds begin 19June2020 - 11.4-RELEASE builds begin.
RELEASE announcement 23June2020 - 11.4-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam - - releng/11.4 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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