FreeBSD 5.4-BETA1 Available

Ken Smith kensmith at
Sun Mar 20 19:03:34 PST 2005


The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability
of FreeBSD 5.4-BETA1, which marks the beginning of the FreeBSD 5.4 Release

This BETA1 release is in the same basic format as the Monthly Snapshots,
for this BETA there are no packages on the CDs at all so the install of
things like perl from the installation media will fail.  As with the
Snapshots there is however a full ports tarball it offers to install
and you can use that to install the ports (or just download the packages
you want from the FTP mirror sites).  The Release Candidates posted
through the next few weeks will contain the package sets.

We encourage people to help with testing so any final bugs can be identified
and worked out.  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 (though that will change for the Release Candidates later).
Problem reports can be submitted using the send-pr(1) command.

At the moment there are no known severe issues, though several things
are still on the todo list.


The BETA1 ISOs and FTP support are available on most of the FreeBSD Mirror
sites.  A list of the mirror sites is available here:

The MD5s are:

  MD5 (5.4-BETA1-alpha-disc1.iso) = f535b77d5051dfa772627603a4a49499

  MD5 (5.4-BETA1-amd64-bootonly.iso) = 042dbf899b5a87b3c270f90c30b04382
  MD5 (5.4-BETA1-amd64-disc1.iso) = c918a0739eece1f22ea618d935298bf4

  MD5 (5.4-BETA1-i386-bootonly.iso) = f7bdd9ac0bc515224eff1c849c59208d
  MD5 (5.4-BETA1-i386-disc1.iso) = adc5d06eaab2d7b78326c8dac54430ed

  MD5 (5.4-BETA1-ia64-bootonly.iso) = 12d053986ae8d791f8a8709f8efaaebe
  MD5 (5.4-BETA1-ia64-disc1.iso) = 291858a2796a70233769d0e0b80b9097
  MD5 (5.4-BETA1-ia64-disc2.iso) = db02722a5abf31eaf2b0a51dba9191f4

  MD5 (5.4-BETA1-pc98-disc1.iso) = 6a932bf6614ec037e9546900ecc2669c

  MD5 (5.4-BETA1-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = e796c0fe7bd5471435b2da06489dda6a
  MD5 (5.4-BETA1-sparc64-disc1.iso) = 7d4c84b1f5b3fb13a0a94af6c387ae57
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