FreeBSD 5.4-RC3 Available

Ken Smith kensmith at
Mon Apr 18 17:51:07 PDT 2005


The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability
of FreeBSD 5.4-RC3, the third Release Candidate of the FreeBSD 5.4 release
cycle.  Due to one major issue that crops up on large (4-processor) systems
under heavy load that is still being debugged there will be at least one
more RC added to the schedule.  Timing for the extra RC and the new Release
date have not been set yet.

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 the above
mentioned issue 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
though progress is being made.  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 RC3 are what is expected to come
with the final release for the amd64, i386, pc98, and sparc64 architectures.
Some of the packages for ia64 are completed though not all of them.  At
this time the Alpha packages are still not available.


The RC3 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-RC3-alpha-bootonly.iso) = 9dacd147491cc7a9a82fe294cffbd257
  MD5 (5.4-RC3-alpha-disc1.iso) = 5be82b6324080651a85397f030055b4b
  MD5 (5.4-RC3-alpha-disc2.iso) = a2baa80b2109301119ffa958fb6bf469

  MD5 (5.4-RC3-amd64-bootonly.iso) = 821f785864ee4ec420f3e455cb950c98
  MD5 (5.4-RC3-amd64-disc1.iso) = 3d36b70047ce301856865750d59409e2
  MD5 (5.4-RC3-amd64-disc2.iso) = 540cecbe9fcb516ae710f772f2a1b499

  MD5 (5.4-RC3-i386-bootonly.iso) = 14f8b7c2f57c8378a22b3e3187f07888
  MD5 (5.4-RC3-i386-disc1.iso) = bbb811674de4b86aa9331b9160b4dc09
  MD5 (5.4-RC3-i386-disc2.iso) = 4e6c9827b24083b7a76441b083e2ac03

  MD5 (5.4-RC3-ia64-bootonly.iso) = 8d9161006c0d6a4b11ce9ce13fbf2f7b
  MD5 (5.4-RC3-ia64-disc1.iso) = ffb094e6f33689a609e9067452560d14
  MD5 (5.4-RC3-ia64-disc2.iso) = 1c0eb4ba3f5ebeb3c93065417d60922e
  MD5 (5.4-RC3-ia64-livefs.iso) = 9357c14d1e5e3de01fa7629c6f3435bf

  MD5 (5.4-RC3-pc98-disc1.iso) = f6896e60140423bffaa271d97bc0dc76

  MD5 (5.4-RC3-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = 9c9db379e7e816129ba1532af3cdfc75
  MD5 (5.4-RC3-sparc64-disc1.iso) = f2c3c553aeb47b4fc32542ec25ec91e1
  MD5 (5.4-RC3-sparc64-disc2.iso) = ba1076a6888000fed72b0f86f1025043

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