Release schedules

Jonathan McKeown jonathan+freebsd-questions at
Wed Nov 12 02:59:33 PST 2008

I've been biting my tongue about this because I'm not sure that I can offer 
any help or useful suggestions, but here goes...

What on earth is going on with release scheduling?

FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE, according to the scheduling page at, 
should have had a Release Candidate published two months ago, on 13 
September. Instead we're still on a Beta - BETA-2, which isn't mentioned in 
the original schedule. The todo list which has appeared on the website in 
previous releases isn't available this time, so I can't even get a feel for 
the likely cause of the holdup.

As I said, I hate to stand on the sidelines and heckle when I'm not doing 
anything to contribute to the release, but the timetable has slipped badly 
and I don't feel I can find information about the reasons or the revised 
timings. What exactly is going on, and is there anything a busy sysadmin, 
poor in time, bandwidth and C skills, can do to help with either the release 
itself or the apparent scheduling/communication issues?

(I've sent this to -questions rather than -stable because it seems to be an 
ongoing problem with the timetabling of releases.)


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