FreeBSD 4.11-RELEASE is now available

Ken Smith kensmith at
Tue Jan 25 09:38:57 PST 2005

The Release Engineering Team is happy to announce the availability
of FreeBSD 4.11-RELEASE, the latest release of the FreeBSD Legacy
development branch.  Since FreeBSD 4.10-RELEASE in May 2004 we have
made conservative updates to a number of software programs in the base
system, dealt with known security issues, and made many bugfixes.

For a complete list of new features, known problems, and late-breaking
news, please see the release notes and errata list, available here:

FreeBSD 4.11 will become an "Errata Branch".  In addition to Security
fixes other well-tested fixes to basic functionality will be committed
to the RELENG_4_11 branch after the release.  Both Security Advisories
and Errata Notices are announced on the freebsd-announce at
mailing list.

This is expected to be the last release from the RELENG_4 branch.  Most
of the Developers are now focused on the RELENG_5 branch, or on the cutting
edge development in HEAD.

For more information about FreeBSD release engineering activities,
please see:


FreeBSD 4.11-RELEASE supports the i386 and alpha architectures and can
be installed directly over the net, using bootable media, or copied to a
local NFS/FTP server.  Distributions for both architectures are available

Please continue to support the FreeBSD Project by purchasing media
from one of our supporting vendors.  The following companies will be
offering FreeBSD 4.11 based products:

   FreeBSD Mall, Inc.
   Daemonnews, Inc.

If you can not afford FreeBSD on media, are impatient, or just want to
use it for evangelism purposes, then by all means download the ISO
images.  We can not promise that all the mirror sites will carry the
larger ISO images.  At the time of this announcement they are available
from the following sites.  MD5 checksums for the release images are included
at the bottom of this message.


As with the 5.3 release we are experimenting with Bittorrent.  A collection
of trackers for the release ISO images is available at


FreeBSD is also available via anonymous FTP from mirror sites in the
following countries and territories: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil,
Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy,
Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal,
Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia,
South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine,
United Kingdom, and the United States.

Before trying the central FTP site, please check your regional
mirror(s) first by going to:


Any additional mirror sites will be labeled ftp2, ftp3 and so on.

More information about FreeBSD mirror sites and the current list of
all active mirror sites can be found at:

For instructions on installing FreeBSD, please see Chapter 2 of The
FreeBSD Handbook.  It provides a complete installation walk-through
for users new to FreeBSD, and can be found online at:


The FreeBSD Developers deserve the most thanks.  Without their efforts
FreeBSD would not exist.

Many companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to
finance the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 4.11 including
The FreeBSD Mall, Hewlett Packard, Yahoo!, Sentex Communications, and

The release engineering team for 4.11-RELEASE includes:

  Scott Long <scottl at>		Release Engineering
  Robert Watson <rwatson at>		Release Engineering,
  John Baldwin <jhb at>		Release Engineering
  Ken Smith <kensmith at>		Release Engineering,
						I386 Release Building,
                                        	Mirror Site Coordination
  Hiroki Sato <hrs at>			Release Engineering,
  Wilko Bulte <wilko at>		Alpha Release Building
  Kris Kennaway <kris at>		Package Building
  Joe Marcus Clarke <marcus at>	Package Building
  Jacques A. Vidrine <nectar at>	Security Officer
  Paul Saab <ps at>			Bittorrent Coordination

A few people put in more than their fair share of last-minute work.  This
includes Alexander Leidinger <netchild at> who did a lot of work
on the linux_base-8 package integration, and Kris Kennaway <kris at>
who did a lot of package rebuilding thanks to a few recent security issues
in some key packages.

CD Image Checksums

For Alpha:

  MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-alpha-disc1-gnome.iso) = 3f0f49a9c7067f398ca0b47fd21234eb
  MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-alpha-disc1-kde.iso) = b4c83df8e979741c7972f379154360aa
  MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-alpha-disc2.iso) = 8fd241bab99fed226ef71184ed0b0b38
  MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-alpha-miniinst.iso) = 3280b9e34fd26db7ce0dd24f1a05e7b4

For i386:

  MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-i386-disc1-gnome.iso) = 80c6b06b83432efc6cbe1cff3ebd893f
  MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-i386-disc1-kde.iso) = 84921fe6b6b4bfd3f7011788985d34e2
  MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-i386-disc2.iso) = 73553999f9f8e2e49222ba14e8ecbde5
  MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-i386-miniinst.iso) = 28b006bcdf5df8b8b7e8f1831085cdae


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