5.3-BETA5 Available

Julian Elischer julian at elischer.org
Sun Sep 19 20:15:03 PDT 2004

Ken Smith wrote:
> The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is proud to announce the 
> availability of FreeBSD 5.3-BETA5.  This is the fifth 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 http://www.freebsd.org/releases/5.3R/schedule.html.
> Be sure to check the "Known issues" below, there are known problems
> still being worked on at this time.  BIND9 is being imported and will
> be part of the 5.3 release.  We will add at least one more beta (BETA6)
> to accomodate testing.  Users of the named daemon should visit the ISC
> website for information about migrating to BIND9.
> Fixes and Enhancements made since BETA4:
>     - Updated floppy device driver (testers trying out floppies on your
>       systems would be appreciated).  This fixes a lot of problems with
>       floppy drives not being probed/attached.
>     - Fix for panics on certain hardware during boot if no media in the
>       cdrom drive.
>     - Change to pf logging format to handle 64-bit time.  If updating an
>       older system remove /var/log/pflog before restarting pf.
>     - Many more scheduler fixes, we encourage testers to turn PREEMPTION on.

ummm no, today's testing shows that this may not be such a good idea..
it produces problem in wierd places, such as the atapi driver.

>     - Many fixes to bpf locking.
>     - if_re locking added.  Problems reported with jumbo frames, fix being
>       tested.
>     - debug.witness_watch moved to debug.witness.watch (old name left but
>       depreciated).
>     - Fix to GBDE key management.  If you have specified 4 keys or fewer,
>       you will need to dump your data, re-run gbde init, and restore your
>       data.
>     - Add if_vge driver
>     - Fix to rare VM corruption bug on i386/amd64.
>     - Fix to SCSI sync speed in esp(4) driver.
>     - Fix timeout problems with ppp over if_xl interface.
>     - Misc. network stack locking fixes.
>     - Fix lock order reversal in sound system.
>     - Support round-robin and verify modes in geom raid3.
>     - Misc. fixes to usb.
>     - Misc. mac fixes.
>     - Fixes to geom_mirror.
>     - Many updates to docs, including a new 5.3 Migration Guide.
> 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.  The problem
>       has been tracked to gvinum and a fix will be in BETA6.
>     - 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.
>     - There are reports of packet corruption with the nge(1) driver when
>       the network stack is run without Giant.  A fix is being tested.
>     A complete list of defects that will be fixed for the release can be
>     found at http://www.freebsd.org/releases/5.3R/todo.html.
> Availability:
>     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 the following are available on ftp.freebsd.org
>     along with some of the mirror sites:
>         alpha: images available some time tomorrow
>         amd64: all images available
>         i386: all images available
>         ia64: miniinst available
>         pc98: miniinst available
>         sparc64: all images available
>     MD5s for the builds that are complete at this time are:
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-amd64-bootonly.iso) = 5be9dba4c354b13c18c06fcde98291b5
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-amd64-disc2.iso) = 3117bf2e2b62b62c681602573433355e
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-amd64-miniinst.iso) = 84caa18e4f863b393513fb68a3dc977e
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-amd64-disc1.iso) = 5ac33f05c3550d7bb7ebf22263c412c9
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-i386-bootonly.iso) = f819ea29a8c07094eca4d04eb0fef869
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-i386-disc2.iso) = 7506ee9ceb8150466439372d36ca9489
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-i386-miniinst.iso) = 57926ee792b68c884df3436a4c33ba12
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-i386-disc1.iso) = 6592143d429f7cf4770f1166c3202f54
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-ia64-bootonly.iso) = bd532c346fc52e42fa2baa97b6ebc3ed
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-ia64-disc2.iso) = 5c115101e8b885c41c8122a4e14f30ab
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-ia64-miniinst.iso) = 98eed6eb8ba5283225a2cd1a5bb5f920
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-pc98-disc2.iso) = ef7ce632c2253f02d078a9e154a1fa6c
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-pc98-miniinst.iso) = 2612557f8cf81ab20b8bdca9481c78c5
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = cfb13e419f9ef30a4d9f4ef3dd11e381
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-sparc64-disc1.iso) = b71b08fd7e6c5b53158d2b78ead10ae2
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-sparc64-disc2.iso) = 7984c0396a63f8e6b0403f5ed19e4199
>       MD5 (5.3-BETA5-sparc64-miniinst.iso) = e5ed673501f8d4e85a28b35db69b793a
> -ken
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