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FreeBSD 12.1 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 12.1. For more information about the release engineering process, please see the Release Engineering section of the web site.

General discussions about the pending release and known issues should be sent to the public freebsd-stable mailing list. MFC requests are no longer being accepted.


Action Expected Actual Description
Initial release schedule announcement - 14 May 2019 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.
Release schedule reminder 2 August 2019 2 August 2019 Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.
Code slush begins 6 September 2019 6 September 2019 Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/12 branch will not require explicit approval, however new features should be avoided.
releng/12.1 branch 20 September 2019 20 September 2019 Subversion branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.
BETA1 builds begin 20 September 2019 20 September 2019 First beta test snapshot.
BETA2 builds begin 27 September 2019 27 September 2019 Second beta test snapshot.
BETA3 builds begin 4 October 2019 4 October 2019 Third beta test snapshot.
RC1 builds begin 11 October 2019 11 October 2019 First release candidate.
RC2 builds begin 18 October 2019 18 October 2019 Second release candidate.
RELEASE builds begin 1 November 2019 1 November 2019 12.1-RELEASE builds begin.
RELEASE announcement 4 November 2019 4 November 2019 12.1-RELEASE press release.
Turn over to the secteam - 11 November 2019 releng/12.1 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

"*" indicates "as-needed" items.

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