FreeBSD 5.4-RC2 Available

Ken Smith kensmith at
Mon Apr 11 13:49:08 PDT 2005


The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability
of FreeBSD 5.4-RC2, the second Release Candidate of the FreeBSD 5.4 release

We encourage people to help with testing so any final bugs can be identified
and worked out.  At this point the only major problem has been reports
of large server (4 processors or more) hanging under extreme load conditions
(varied load of local processes like database and heavy network load).
Details to help with debugging have been hard to obtain so if anyone is
in a position to help with trying to reproduce this it would be appreciated.

Availability of ISO images and support for doing FTP based installs is given
below.  If you have an older system you want to update using the normal
CVS/cvsup source based upgrade the branch tag to use is RELENG_5_4.  Problem
reports can be submitted using the send-pr(1) command, and/or posted to
the "freebsd-stable at" mailing list.

A schedule and the current todo list for the 5.4 Release Cycle are available:

The packages being provided as part of RC2 are what is expected to come
with the final release for the amd64, i386, pc98, and sparc64 architectures.
Packages for alpha and ia64 are still being worked on.


The RC2 ISOs and FTP support for all architectures are available now on most
of the FreeBSD Mirror sites.  A list of the mirror sites is available here:

The MD5s of the ISO images are:

  MD5 (5.4-RC2-alpha-bootonly.iso) = 2238c45b5907931d248487cac55f1c5f
  MD5 (5.4-RC2-alpha-disc1.iso) = 89ecfdb35ea3cd92716686116b664ea5
  MD5 (5.4-RC2-alpha-disc2.iso) = 678581d5b6ae049f18491e203ebadd20

  MD5 (5.4-RC2-amd64-bootonly.iso) = 50db1883edf34ff15834da03654d79c3
  MD5 (5.4-RC2-amd64-disc1.iso) = a18c728f6259847a1538b03815bfc640
  MD5 (5.4-RC2-amd64-disc2.iso) = a0686aa29eca455436f7d9cb0164f055

  MD5 (5.4-RC2-i386-bootonly.iso) = 66303d342f235870572b8bd882425445
  MD5 (5.4-RC2-i386-disc1.iso) = 08b9ae45f5f6873468d03a3915f55de4
  MD5 (5.4-RC2-i386-disc2.iso) = 115fd80bfaa54b94ef194d104e7a803f

  MD5 (5.4-RC2-ia64-bootonly.iso) = 2e459a193e00f499371252ea98291af4
  MD5 (5.4-RC2-ia64-disc1.iso) = 31914a284b740c32e8808e7bfaf408c0
  MD5 (5.4-RC2-ia64-disc2.iso) = 875b59e9435ca7e79ab36562cf5c1e88
  MD5 (5.4-RC2-ia64-livefs.iso) = 0ae9868c11a46e9f7e56f1e4d71f2e7e

  MD5 (5.4-RC2-pc98-disc1.iso) = 12f527c1ed165101ff36053c29440212

  MD5 (5.4-RC2-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = 6f087402361627a1e6c52c134152c52f
  MD5 (5.4-RC2-sparc64-disc1.iso) = 411916559bd5ebe03f6ae65622b02e5f
  MD5 (5.4-RC2-sparc64-disc2.iso) = 1300c0abeda2d00bb859adbc8a1d7a9a

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