FreeBSD Logo (big)Now that FreeBSD 7.0-beta1 has been released, the final stage of the FreeBSD-7.0 Release cycle has begun. The FreeBSD 7.0-BETA1 ISO images for Tier-1 architectures are now available for download on most of the FreeBSD mirror sites. The more people that test and report bugs, the better FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE will be. For more information about the FreeBSD 7.0 release process, please check the official schedule and the todo list.

Those of you that are confident enough to try beta versions, please test this beta version and report any problems to the developers. The following is the official announcement to the FreeBSD Current mailinglist:

“We have entered the final phases of the FreeBSD-7.0 Release cycle which also means the beginning of the FreeBSD-6.3 Release cycle. Because the people who support the ports for FreeBSD also need to go through a freeze cycle as part of releases we had decided to combine the two releases to try and minimize the impact on the ports maintainers.

The current plan is to interleave the BETAs/RCs of the 7.0 and 6.3 releases, trying to follow this for the dates when the builds will get started (with them becoming available on the FTP mirrors a day or two after the builds start):

Version – 7.0 – 6.3
BETA1 – 10/17 – 10/24
BETA2 – 10/31 – 11/7
RC1 – 11/14 – 11/21
RC2 – 11/28 – 12/5
REL – 12/12 – 12/19

Tomorrow (10/23) the RELENG_6 branch will be marked “6.3-PRERELEASE” to note that we have entered the 6.3 release cycle.

The schedule dates are, as usual, tentative. At this point RELENG_6 is pretty mature so that schedule should be fairly accurate. Being a new branch it is at least somewhat likely the dates for 7.0 will wind up slipping.

The 7.0-BETA1 builds have completed and are on many of the FreeBSD mirror sites. If you want to update an existing machine using cvsup use RELENG_7 as the branch tag. Instructions on using FreeBSD Update to perform a binary upgrade from FreeBSD 6.x to 7.0-BETA1 will be provided via the freebsd-stable list when available.