Turn it up! Behold, my lil devils, it’s time to dust-off mergemaster, grab a ZFS snap, and get updating!

No need for me:

root@freebsd12:~ # uname -v
FreeBSD 12.0-CURRENT #0 r305028: Mon Aug 29 22:45:29 UTC 2016     root@releng3.nyi.freebsd.org:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC

Now hop to it, slackers!

FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE Announcement

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the
availability of FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE. This is the first release of the
stable/11 branch.

Some of the highlights:

* OpenSSH DSA key generation has been disabled by default. It is
important to update OpenSSH keys prior to upgrading. Additionally,
Protocol 1 support has been removed.

* OpenSSH has been updated to 7.2p2.

* Wireless support for 802.11n has been added.

* By default, the ifconfig(8) utility will set the default regulatory
domain to FCC on wireless interfaces. As a result, newly created
wireless interfaces with default settings will have less chance to
violate country-specific regulations.

* The svnlite(1) utility has been updated to version 1.9.4.

* The libblacklist(3) library and applications have been ported from
the NetBSD Project.

* Support for the AArch64 (arm64) architecture has been added.

* Native graphics support has been added to the bhyve(8) hypervisor.

* Broader wireless network driver support has been added.

For a complete list of new features and known problems, please see the
online release notes and errata list, available at:

* https://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/11.0R/relnotes.html

* https://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/11.0R/errata.html

For more information about FreeBSD release engineering activities, please

* https://www.FreeBSD.org/releng/

Important Notes

Please note, as a result of the timing between the withdrawn
FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE images being available before the official
announcement and several last-minute issues being discovered, uname(1)
will display FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE-p1, as the images were generated from a
patch-level revision of the releng/11.0 branch.

Users that have installed FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE from the images originally
available on the mirrors or from freebsd-update(8) prior to the rebuild
of the final release are urged to upgrade their systems to
FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE-p1 immediately.

Users upgrading from system source code should use releng/11.0 revision

Users upgrading from freebsd-update(8) should follow these instructions
to update their systems to FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE-p1:

Upgrading from FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE

# : > /usr/bin/bspatch
# freebsd-update fetch
# freebsd-update install

Upgrading from FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE and Earlier

# : > /usr/bin/bspatch
# freebsd-update upgrade -r 11.0-RELEASE
# freebsd-update install
<reboot the system>
# freebsd-update install
<rebuild third-party software>
# freebsd-update install

EC2(TM) users are urged to read the Errata Notes for FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE
regarding an issue discovered very late in the release cycle that may
cause the system to hang during the boot process when upgrading from
previous FreeBSD versions. New EC2(TM) installations are not affected,
but existing installations running earlier releases are advised to wait
until the issue is resolved in an Errata Notice before upgrading.


The FreeBSD Project dedicates the FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE to the memory of
several members of the community:

* Stefan Farfeleder
* Juergen Lock
* Ben Perrault
* Paul Schenkeveld
* Volker Werth

May they rest in peace.


FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE is now available for the amd64, i386, powerpc,
powerpc64, sparc64, armv6, and aarch64 architectures.

FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE can be installed from bootable ISO images or over
the network. Some architectures also support installing from a USB memory
stick. The required files can be downloaded via FTP as described in the
section below. While some of the smaller FTP mirrors may not carry all
architectures, they will all generally contain the more common ones such
as amd64 and i386.

SHA512 and SHA256 hashes for the release ISO, memory stick, and SD card
images are included at the bottom of this message.

PGP-signed checksums for the release images are also available at:

* https://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/11.0R/signatures.html

A PGP-signed version of this announcement is available at:

* https://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/11.0R/announce.asc

The purpose of the images provided as part of the release are as follows:


This contains everything necessary to install the base FreeBSD
operating system, the documentation, and a small set of pre-built
packages aimed at getting a graphical workstation up and running.
It also supports booting into a “livefs” based rescue mode. This
should be all you need if you can burn and use DVD-sized media.


This contains the base FreeBSD operating system. It also supports
booting into a “livefs” based rescue mode. There are no pre-built


This supports booting a machine using the CDROM drive but does
not contain the installation distribution sets for installing
FreeBSD from the CD itself. You would need to perform a network
based install (e.g., from an FTP server) after booting from the


This can be written to an USB memory stick (flash drive) and used
to do an install on machines capable of booting off USB drives.
It also supports booting into a “livefs” based rescue mode. There
are no pre-built packages.

As one example of how to use the memstick image, assuming the USB
drive appears as /dev/da0 on your machine something like this
should work:

# dd if=FreeBSD-11.0-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img \
of=/dev/da0 bs=1m conv=sync

Be careful to make sure you get the target (of=) correct.


This can be written to an USB memory stick (flash drive) and used
to boot a machine, but does not contain the installation
distribution sets on the medium itself, similar to the bootonly
image. It also supports booting into a “livefs” based rescue
mode. There are no pre-built packages.

As one example of how to use the mini-memstick image, assuming
the USB drive appears as /dev/da0 on your machine something like
this should work:

# dd if=FreeBSD-11.0-RELEASE-amd64-mini-memstick.img \
of=/dev/da0 bs=1m conv=sync

Be careful to make sure you get the target (of=) correct.

FreeBSD/arm SD card images

These can be written to an SD card and used to boot the supported
arm system. The SD card image contains the full FreeBSD
installation, and can be installed onto SD cards as small as

For convenience for those without console access to the system, a
freebsd user with a password of freebsd is available by default
for ssh(1) access. Additionally, the root user password is set to
root, which it is strongly recommended to change the password for
both users after gaining access to the system.

To write the FreeBSD/arm image to an SD card, use the dd(1)
utility, replacing KERNEL with the appropriate kernel
configuration name for the system.

# dd if=FreeBSD-11.0-RELEASE-arm-armv6-KERNEL.img \
of=/dev/da0 bs=1m conv=sync

Be careful to make sure you get the target (of=) correct.

FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE can also be purchased on CD-ROM or DVD from several
vendors. One of the vendors that will be offering FreeBSD 11.0-based
products is:

* FreeBSD Mall, Inc. https://www.freebsdmall.com

Pre-installed virtual machine images are also available for the amd64
(x86_64), i386 (x86_32), and AArch64 (arm64) architectures in QCOW2, VHD,
and VMDK disk image formats, as well as raw (unformatted) images.

FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE amd64 is also available on these cloud hosting

* Amazon(R) EC2(TM):
AMIs are available in the following regions:

us-east-1 region: ami-6ceaab7b
us-west-1 region: ami-a3f9b7c3
us-west-2 region: ami-6926f809
sa-east-1 region: ami-a1ff6dcd
eu-west-1 region: ami-36581e45
eu-central-1 region: ami-2352ae4c
ap-northeast-1 region: ami-a236e9c3
ap-northeast-2 region: ami-a49044ca
ap-southeast-1 region: ami-c39337a0
ap-southeast-2 region: ami-5920133a
ap-south-1 region: ami-7c3a4e13

AMIs are also available in the Amazon(R) Marketplace at:

* Google(R) Compute Engine(TM):
Instances can be deployed using the gcloud utility:

% gcloud compute instances create INSTANCE \
–image freebsd-11-0-release-p1-amd64 \
% gcloud compute ssh INSTANCE

Replace INSTANCE with the name of the Google Compute Engine instance.

* Hashicorp/Atlas(R) Vagrant(TM):
Instances can be deployed using the vagrant utility:

% vagrant init freebsd/FreeBSD-11.0-RELEASE-p1
% vagrant up


FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE may be downloaded via ftp from the following site:

* ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/11.0/

However before trying this site, please check your regional mirror(s)
first by going to:

* ftp://ftp.<your_country_code>.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD

Any additional mirror sites will be labeled ftp2, ftp3 and so on.

More information about FreeBSD mirror sites can be found at:

* https://www.FreeBSD.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/mirrors-ftp.html

FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE virtual machine images may be downloaded via ftp

* ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/VM-IMAGES/11.0-RELEASE/

For instructions on installing FreeBSD or updating an existing machine to
11.0-RELEASE please see:

* https://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/11.0R/installation.html


Based on the new FreeBSD support model, the FreeBSD 11 release series
will be supported until at least September 30, 2021. The first point
release, FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE, will be supported until at least three
months after FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE. Additional support information can be
found at:

* https://www.FreeBSD.org/security/


Many companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to support
the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 11.0 including The
FreeBSD Foundation, Yahoo!, NetApp, Internet Systems Consortium, ByteMark
Hosting, Sentex Communications, New York Internet, Juniper Networks,
NLNet Labs, iXsystems, and Yandex.

The release engineering team for 11.0-RELEASE includes:

Glen Barber <gjb@FreeBSD.org>         Release Engineering Lead,
11.0-RELEASE Release Engineer
Konstantin Belousov <kib@FreeBSD.org>  Release Engineering
Bryan Drewery <bdrewery@FreeBSD.org>   Release Engineering, Package
Marc Fonvieille <blackend@FreeBSD.org> Release Engineering, Documentation
Rodney Grimes <rgrimes@FreeBSD.org>    Release Engineering Emeritus
Xin Li <delphij@FreeBSD.org>           Release Engineering, Security
Remko Lodder <remko@FreeBSD.org>       Security Team Liaison
Hiroki Sato <hrs@FreeBSD.org>          Release Engineering, Documentation
Gleb Smirnoff <glebius@FreeBSD.org>    Release Engineering, Security
Officer Deputy
Marius Strobl <marius@FreeBSD.org>     Release Engineering Deputy Lead
Robert Watson <rwatson@FreeBSD.org>    Release Engineering

Special thanks to Colin Percival <cperciva@FreeBSD.org> for his
assistance regenerating the freebsd-update(8) builds for the final


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