BETA3 Release Notes

Scott Long scottl at
Sun Sep 5 14:15:59 PDT 2004

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is proud to announce the
availability of FreeBSD 5.3-BETA3.  This is the third BETA of the 5.3
release cycle.  It is intended for early adopters and those wishing to
help find and/or fix bugs.  The 5.3 release cycle will continue with
weekly BETA builds while bugs are being fixed and features finalized.
The schedule is at
Be sure to check the "Known issues" below, there are known problems
still being worked on at this time.

Fixes and Enhancements made since BETA2:

     - MP-safe network stack is now enabled by default.
     - Add support for loadable modules on amd64.
     - Misc. acpi fixes.
     - Misc. fixes and enhancments (mostly gnutar compatibility) to
     - X server configuration has been removed from sysinstall, it is
       best done post-install.
     - Better ftw() and nftw() implementations imported from OpenBSD.
     - Misc. pf fixes.
     - Fix to maestro sound card driver.
     - Fix to md device driver that allowed mdconfig(8) to exit before
       filenames appeared in /dev.
     - Fixes that allow use of TGA2 adapter in Alpha.
     - Correct a denial-of-service vulnerability in zlib.
     - Misc. fixes to aic7xxx driver.
     - Fixes to schedulers.

Known issues in this release:

     - There are scattered reports of data corruption on SMP systems
       under high load.  This could be due to a known bug in the gvinum
       subsystem, but it could be due to unknown factors.  We are
       investigating this and hope to correct it soon.
     - pst(4) is known to cause a system panic during the boot time.
     - The Synaptics Touchpad mouse support is known to have issues with
       responsiveness.  It can be disabled with
       'hint.psm.0.flags="0x200"' in "/boot/device.hints".  This will be
       resolved for the release.
     - On sparc64 only, there is a problem using ATA devices in DMA
       mode.  The loader has been temporarily set up to disable DMA
       in the ATA device driver.  The problem has been identified but
       a fix is still in the works.
     - Kernel and user-level debugging aids (INVARIANTS, WITNESS,
       user-level malloc, etc) are still enabled so do not use this BETA
       as an indication of speed.

     A complete list of defects that will be fixed for the release can be
     found at


     For people wishing to upgrade older systems using cvsup(1) and the
     procedure described in src/UPDATING the CVS tag to use is RELENG_5
     at this point.  Note that like all RELENG_X branches this is an
     active development branch.  We do not recommend those branches for
     normal use (for normal use RELENG_X_Y branches are more appropriate,
     e.g. RELENG_4_10 is the current stable branch).

     As of this writing, ISO images and FTP install directories are
     available for the following architectures:

         i386:  all images available
         alpha: mini ISO available
         amd64: mini ISO available, disc1 with packages will be available
         ia64:  mini ISO available
         pc98:  mini ISO available
         sparc64: all images available

MD5 (5.3-BETA3-alpha-bootonly.iso) = 6407ae17db85361ba4194d1f53df0dd0
MD5 (5.3-BETA3-alpha-disc2.iso) = a8f07884750e60b427d309c45d86100d
MD5 (5.3-BETA3-alpha-miniinst.iso) = 74125f9ea9e215cfc9ed4f089410723c

MD5 (5.3-BETA3-amd64-bootonly.iso) = eda3bad2b1b8ad33048464277e02698c
MD5 (5.3-BETA3-amd64-disc2.iso) = 25a8bef2756548d2756d281210e3d8bd
MD5 (5.3-BETA3-amd64-miniinst.iso) = 3bbeb365d08360797a41903841ba1751

MD5 (5.3-BETA3-i386-bootonly.iso) = ca5b1cca7f677d4c456b6373f15e8e43
MD5 (5.3-BETA3-i386-disc1.iso) = 3d562562786f2ca432a8085029380f73
MD5 (5.3-BETA3-i386-disc2.iso) = c805ae7df8cd43593b080fa3300d52da
MD5 (5.3-BETA3-i386-miniinst.iso) = 900f994e1887b3c5c1d908f50f56ebbd

MD5 (5.3-BETA3-ia64-bootonly.iso) = 97c3f51233dbd2dd70cd40ed5ff9e284
MD5 (5.3-BETA3-ia64-disc2.iso) = 38b9a4620dacb5bc3157c08b1675a9ba
MD5 (5.3-BETA3-ia64-miniinst.iso) = d6a496552372ba2cbb45674f9b8d85e7

MD5 (5.3-BETA3-pc98-disc2.iso) = 034b3d37bd05ff2e68494114501cf429
MD5 (5.3-BETA3-pc98-miniinst.iso) = 535afa47704fdcb3cc63006ee0ae16f3

MD5 (5.3-BETA3-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = 97a0dfe362ad699ffc227ca418ff118a
MD5 (5.3-BETA3-sparc64-disc2.iso) = 3c096fb229c9cfa4afb47ca5b20ec3a6
MD5 (5.3-BETA3-sparc64-miniinst.iso) = 67f418e3ab03b15e934a093bac5379d1

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