Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Nov 2008 19:46 UTC, submitted by sonic2000gr
FreeBSD Even though FreeBSD 7.x is already out and updated, the FreeBSD team keeps working on the FreeBSD 6.x branch, now designated the legacy branch. They released FreeBSD 6.4 today, with lots of new features, fixes, and updates. They are expecting FreeBSD 6.4 to be the last release in the 6.x branch.
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Great work
by sonic2000gr on Fri 28th Nov 2008 19:56 UTC
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2007-05-20

And I should note that now that 6.4-RELEASE is out, the focus is on getting to 7.1-RC1.
7.1 will get two RC releases, probably couple of weeks between them and will then get to RELEASE status as well. Assuming of course no sudden problems arise. Not that anything serious is expected, 7.1-PRERELEASE is really stable at the moment.

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what is the holdup?
by renhoek on Fri 28th Nov 2008 21:02 UTC
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2007-04-29

i wanted to install freebsd 7.1, but ended up installing the beta. could anyone shed some light about why 7.1 is so late? being 2 months late is really unusual. and annoying for me, since i bought hardware to be installed after the 7.1 release.

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RE: what is the holdup?
by sonic2000gr on Fri 28th Nov 2008 21:09 UTC in reply to "what is the holdup?"
sonic2000gr Member since:
2007-05-20

Well, FreeBSD is a volunteer project, delays are sometimes unavoidable. 7.1-PRERELEASE is very stable atm, and if you don't mind the make buildworld buildkernel stuff, you can start using it immediately. If you'd rather not build from source, I suggest you wait a few more days, the 7.1-RC CD set will be out soon.

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RE: what is the holdup?
by phoenix on Fri 28th Nov 2008 21:32 UTC in reply to "what is the holdup?"
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2005-07-11

Various show-stopper bugs were found, requiring fixing, testing, and re-testing. A couple security issues were found with 6+ that also required fixing, testing, and re-testing. A few big MFCs were allowed in, which also required extra testing and retesting. Finally, everything has solidified to the point where everyone on the RE team is confident it's ready for final RC testing.

IOW, life happened. ;)

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RE: what is the holdup?
by jondoor on Fri 28th Nov 2008 23:17 UTC in reply to "what is the holdup?"
jondoor Member since:
2005-06-30

I would rather a delay and a solid release. that being said I track RELENG_7, so waiting for specific releases within that branch can easily be avoided if your concern is the update from beta to the final release. Follow either the above tag or RELENG_7_1 with csup and make buildworld..

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wow Finally
by kill on Sat 29th Nov 2008 08:53 UTC
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2005-11-03

I have been running 6.4-PRERELEASE for a month now on my PIII-800mhz server ;) . So far so good. Now on with csup. Thanks fbsd!

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RE: wow Finally
by bsd_geek on Mon 1st Dec 2008 19:34 UTC in reply to "wow Finally"
bsd_geek Member since:
2006-05-04

Yeah, I've been running 6-STABLE for quite some time now on a low traffic production SMTP server at work. Runs great and I have 144 days of uptime. I guess finally upgrading to RELENG_6_4 is going to kill that though. Oh well. I'm glad it's finally here though. I'm csup'ing now.

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