Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Feb 2008 14:25 UTC, submitted by bsd_user
FreeBSD The FreeBSD project has released the second release candidate for FreeBSD 7.0. "We sincerely hope this will be the last of the public tests for 7.0 and that the -RELEASE builds will start in about a week and a half. If bug(s) considered big enough to be show-stoppers are found we will of course reconsider but hopefully we're in good enough shape now to proceed with the release."
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Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

There is often confusion regarding the definitions of the different FreeBSD releases and development branches.


You're done a good job in giving a short summary how naming conversions are to be understood.

For a comparison between CURRENT and STABLE from FreeBSD itself you could refer to:

http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/current-s...

FreeBSD-CURRENT is the latest working sources for FreeBSD. This includes work in progress, experimental changes, and transitional mechanisms that might or might not be present in the next official release of the software. While many FreeBSD developers compile the FreeBSD-CURRENT source code daily, there are periods of time when the sources are not buildable. These problems are resolved as expeditiously as possible, but whether or not FreeBSD-CURRENT brings disaster or greatly desired functionality can be a matter of which exact moment you grabbed the source code in!

FreeBSD-STABLE is our development branch from which major releases are made. Changes go into this branch at a different pace, and with the general assumption that they have first gone into FreeBSD-CURRENT for testing. This is still a development branch, however, and this means that at any given time, the sources for FreeBSD-STABLE may or may not be suitable for any particular purpose. It is simply another engineering development track, not a resource for end-users.


The RCs and the final RELEASE are usually built from a "snapshot" in the STABLE branch. End users usually are happy with RELEASE, while CURRENT and even STABLE may not fit their needs.

Regarding version naming, I think FreeBSD 6 will be "legacy", while FreeBSD 7 will be "production". FreeBSD 8 will be the "upcoming release" as soon as it's developed that far.

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