This page contains documentation about the FreeBSD release engineering process.
NOTE: Release dates are approximate and may be subject to schedule slippage.
|June 2007||Start FreeBSD 7.0 Release Process||Schedule, Todo, Approvals|
|TBD||Release FreeBSD 7.0|
|TBA||Release FreeBSD 6.3||N/A|
The following table lists the code freeze status for the major branches of the src/ subtree of the FreeBSD CVS repository. Commits to any branch listed as "frozen" must first be reviewed and approved by the relevant contact party. The status of other subtrees such as ports/, doc/, and www/ is also provided below.
|HEAD||Frozen||re@FreeBSD.org||Active development branch for -CURRENT. Code-freeze in preparation for 7.0-RELEASE. All commits must have re@FreeBSD.org approval until after the RELENG_7 branch has been created.|
|RELENG_6||Open||re@FreeBSD.org||Development branch for 6-STABLE.|
|RELENG_6_2||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 6.2 supported errata fix branch.|
|RELENG_6_1||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 6.1 supported errata fix branch.|
|RELENG_6_0||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 6.0 errata fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_5||Open||committers||Development branch for 5-STABLE.|
|RELENG_5_5||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 5.5 supported errata fix branch.|
|RELENG_5_4||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 5.4 errata fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_5_3||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 5.3 errata fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_5_2||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 5.2 / 5.2.1 security fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_5_1||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 5.1 security fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_5_0||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 5.0 security fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_4||Open||committers||Maintenance branch for 4-STABLE (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_4_11||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 4.11 errata fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_4_10||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 4.10 security fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_4_9||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 4.9 security fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_4_8||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 4.8 security fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_4_7||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 4.7 security fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_4_6||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 4.6 security fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_4_5||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 4.5 security fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_4_4||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 4.4 security fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_4_3||Frozen||security-officer@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD 4.3 security fix branch (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_3||Open||committers||Maintenance branch for 3-STABLE (not officially supported).|
|RELENG_2_2||Open||committers||Maintenance branch for 2.2-STABLE (not officially supported).|
|ports/||Open||freebsd-ports||FreeBSD Ports Collection.|
|doc/||Open||freebsd-doc@FreeBSD.org||SGML/XML based documentation set.|
|www/||Open||freebsd-www@FreeBSD.org||FreeBSD Web site sources.|
Describes the approach used by the FreeBSD release engineering team to make production quality releases of the FreeBSD Operating System. It describes the tools available for those interested in producing customized FreeBSD releases for corporate rollouts or commercial productization.
Engineering for Third Party Packages
Describes the approach used by the FreeBSD release engineering team to produce a high quality package set suitable for official FreeBSD release media. This document is a work in progress, but eventually it will cover the process used to build a clean package set on the FreeBSD.org "Ports Cluster", how to configure any other set of machines as a ports cluster, how to split up the packages for the release media, and how to verify that a package set is consistent.
Described the roadmap for the project for reaching the RELENG_5 branch. Included overall status of 5.x, what was left to be done, and tentative schedules. Note that this document is now mainly of historical interest.
FreeBSD Version That Is Right For You
How to decide which version of FreeBSD is right for your needs. Topics include the releases, branches, the difference between -CURRENT and -STABLE, and the current scheduling goals of the project.
Primary RE Team (re@FreeBSD.org) : Murray Stokely, Robert Watson, Doug White, Ken Smith, Hiroki Sato, Maxime Henrion, Bruce A. Mah form the primary release engineering decision-making group.
The platform-specific release engineering teams are responsible for building and packaging FreeBSD releases on the given platforms.
Alpha Platform REs (re-alpha@FreeBSD.org) : Murray Stokely, Robert Watson, Wilko Bulte
AMD64 Platform REs (re-amd64@FreeBSD.org) : David O'Brien
ia64 Platform REs (re-ia64@FreeBSD.org) : Marcel Moolenaar
i386 Platform REs (re-x86@FreeBSD.org) : Murray Stokely, Robert Watson
pc98 Platform REs (re-pc98@FreeBSD.org) : Yoshihiro Takahashi
PowerPC Platform REs (re-ppc@FreeBSD.org) : Peter Grehan
sparc64 Platform REs (re-sparc64@FreeBSD.org) : Jake Burkholder, Murray Stokely, Poul-Henning Kamp, Robert Watson, Thomas Möstl, Ken Smith, David O'Brien
The third party packages in the Ports Collection are managed by the portmgr@ team. Among many other responsibilities, the port managers keep the ports cluster running smoothly to produce binary packages.
Package Builders (portmgr@FreeBSD.org) : Joe Marcus Clarke, Kris Kennaway, Erwin Lansing, Mark Linimon, Pav Lucistnik, Kirill Ponomarew
Where can I find the release directory or ISO images for older FreeBSD releases?
The FreeBSD Project does not maintain a centralized historical archive of old release ISO images, but there are still many options. First, a large collection of the old releases (many complete with the package sets) is at ftp://ftp-archive.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD-Archive/old-releases/. Second, try looking on http://mirrorlist.FreeBSD.org. If you are unable to find an FTP mirror that still contains the release you are looking for, then you can email CD-ROM vendors to see if they have any old releases available. In September 2003, we know of a case where FreeBSD 1.1 was used in a court of law to invalidate a bogus software patent. Clearly, older releases can be very important in some situations.