8.3-RC2 Available...

Ken Smith kensmith at buffalo.edu
Mon Apr 2 04:08:42 UTC 2012

The second Release Candidate build of the 8.3-RELEASE release cycle is
now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, pc98, and sparc64
architectures.  The MD5/SHA256 sums are at the bottom of this message.
The ISO images and, for architectures that support it, the memory stick
images are available here:


(or any of the FreeBSD mirror sites).

What will likely be the package sets for the upcoming release have been
placed on the RC2 images.  For the disc1 images due to size issues only
the English documentation package is available.  The memstick images
include the documentation packages for all languages but no other
packages.  The dvd images include all of the documentation packages as
well as enough packages to set up a basic graphical workstation.

Unless a show-stopper caliber problem is found this will be the last
test build of the 8.3-RELEASE cycle.  Some nits that came up as part of
getting RC2 ready have put us off the original schedule.  I just updated
the schedule, available here:


to reflect a new target date for starting up the release builds of April
9th, 2012.  The release announcement itself should be three to four days
after the builds start.  It will take a little time for the update I
just made to go live on the Web site.

If you notice any problems you can report them through the normal Gnats
PR system or here on the -stable mailing list.

If you would like to use csup/cvsup mechanisms to do a source-based
update of an existing system the branch tag to use is "RELENG_8_3".
If you would like to use SVN instead use "releng/8.3".

The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64 
systems running earlier FreeBSD releases.  Systems running 8.1-RELEASE,
8.2-RELEASE, 8.3-BETA1, or 8.3-RC1 can upgrade as follows:

# freebsd-update upgrade -r 8.3-RC2

During this process, FreeBSD Update may ask the user to help by merging 
some configuration files or by confirming that the automatically performed
merging was done correctly.

# freebsd-update install

The system must be rebooted with the newly installed kernel before 

# shutdown -r now

After rebooting, freebsd-update needs to be run again to install the new 
userland components, and the system needs to be rebooted again:

# freebsd-update install
# shutdown -r now

Users of earlier FreeBSD releases (FreeBSD 7.x) can also use freebsd-update
to upgrade to FreeBSD 8.3-RC1, but will be prompted to rebuild all
third-party applications (e.g., anything installed from the ports tree)
after the second invocation of "freebsd-update install", in order to handle
differences in the system libraries between FreeBSD 7.x and FreeBSD 8.x.


MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-amd64-bootonly.iso) = 0f3beb80d02b7563da648e13010ca4ed
MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-amd64-disc1.iso) = ea9f1333fe0cca74be2a1c4ccbdf85ab
MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-amd64-dvd1.iso) = 793047044545780f09ef3843840a50ec
MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-amd64-livefs.iso) = 2aeef67483a1cca3ae73afb5dde2f622
MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-amd64-memstick.img) = 376762e238695290c4d350bedaff6f12

MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-i386-bootonly.iso) = 6062f26c0c86b9dee335e3143058bcb6
MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-i386-disc1.iso) = 1104102d16a82d81b7160ed304b7ed08
MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-i386-dvd1.iso) = eddd1563698af673d387d721c8e52cf3
MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-i386-livefs.iso) = 4b0187b90132c598db1d40dc9fb1f19d
MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-i386-memstick.img) = 6b1e3eb84b4f02723a6edd361498c2d8

MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-pc98-bootonly.iso) = 272f1e73c988c6a9eb3e3f0f7312894a
MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-pc98-disc1.iso) = 98f0fd017cc9943d4fcbec1ee02da6a4
MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-pc98-livefs.iso) = 5ece7196f2534fd20061b6aa0e01cb75

MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = d06e0ea3b549009cb90c8008d9dd3e97
MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-sparc64-disc1.iso) = 7f061b801af2e8636d8640257d5cf159
MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-sparc64-dvd1.iso) = 539d1a57f47ab026eaa489e80a11a7db
MD5 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-sparc64-livefs.iso) = cbd09419d8fd9634c3675456ee2ba7b1

SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-amd64-bootonly.iso) = 365491958c16c4773b476a54ab4560fea42bb0ba3c195cb4c8cde444e1c3510a
SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-amd64-disc1.iso) = 0c2024e6de19ddf783272e191f41c50f212b44f83f87354e8e93dc5545d10e09
SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-amd64-dvd1.iso) = d5987dfe8c7bf14c0f1205ce5fd03a02a158230fed8897606db36e2cadc7cc8b
SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-amd64-livefs.iso) = 130803fadeae3ce2212519784969c694bdd7cb79a5b979ecc8e1680a8ac04e33
SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-amd64-memstick.img) = e7a23258f23ce40a9aaf801cb706333cb0954720c389082841c55f136054e392

SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-i386-bootonly.iso) = 87994fa3ff1547eecb90cb4ac2ce9b80e127dde3b552ba2d75a35c05610b14b3
SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-i386-disc1.iso) = 5cca1166525d1972cb10f2115f1faef04ab8ad71a5f697fd9603559c05db191f
SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-i386-dvd1.iso) = d32cc6ad60cbcb3071e7dab6c59ae1e104d161d89c95a30f91534b61687e8bee
SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-i386-livefs.iso) = 8a1852a9178de99cfec6a8acfa72af94052fa8cf6021d71e2aee5c16771b16ef
SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-i386-memstick.img) = 6078745475b88d51e65eb3602e97b2375d31e5d3eeb0c25cf7e9404c363222e7

SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-pc98-bootonly.iso) = 2c31c8bafeb75f4531a96a6adc3bb4eb4286cd362145538fcf25ff92df1c89ae
SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-pc98-disc1.iso) = f86e102241828ef1f89f63f266470db13bd28ed3444e8931f1e8ddc9ab497ba0
SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-pc98-livefs.iso) = cb6ff8fd8c7c219c081d9dbd8faf44b5271d444ad4ca083e1302f72bd7d0819a

SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = 6c2b79a02e9a05adbbd2c69decc79323a3c63cd98af5e6e313e76e6ad734e238
SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-sparc64-disc1.iso) = 181580752916ee5be6a277e201e372f7a082da6d4bd6162efd80b406a1f43ba3
SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-sparc64-dvd1.iso) = 1e87d7fd75747539c4b921a3426438701d091b36ea85d88054d3b7859807358b
SHA256 (FreeBSD-8.3-RC2-sparc64-livefs.iso) = 518910b4094a37c0af2eb3b6f20b218e9ca67736b3b54a078fea30b1a84901f2

                                                Ken Smith
- From there to here, from here to      |       kensmith at buffalo.edu
  there, funny things are everywhere.   |
                      - Theodore Geisel |
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