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We have entered the final phases of the FreeBSD-7.0 Release cycle which
also means the beginning of the FreeBSD-6.3 Release cycle. Because the
people who support the ports for FreeBSD also need to go through a
freeze cycle as part of releases we had decided to combine the two
releases to try and minimize the impact on the ports maintainers.

The current plan is to interleave the BETAs/RCs of the 7.0 and 6.3
releases, trying to follow this for the dates when the builds will get
started (with them becoming available on the FTP mirrors a day or two
after the builds start):

7.0 6.3
BETA1 10/17 10/24
BETA2 10/31 11/7
RC1 11/14 11/21
RC2 11/28 12/5
REL 12/12 12/19

Tomorrow (10/23) the RELENG_6 branch will be marked "6.3-PRERELEASE" to
note that we have entered the 6.3 release cycle.

The schedule dates are, as usual, tentative. At this point RELENG_6 is
pretty mature so that schedule should be fairly accurate. Being a new
branch it is at least somewhat likely the dates for 7.0 will wind up
slipping.

The 7.0-BETA1 builds have completed and are on many of the FreeBSD
mirror sites. If you want to update an existing machine using cvsup use
RELENG_7 as the branch tag. Instructions on using FreeBSD Update to
perform a binary upgrade from FreeBSD 6.x to 7.0-BETA1 will be provided
via the freebsd-stable list when available.

The MD5/SHA256 sums for the ISO files are:

MD5 (7.0-BETA1-amd64-bootonly.iso) =3D 8c6c02401bbd2e68d11ec554e4e1c4a2
MD5 (7.0-BETA1-amd64-disc1.iso) =3D 91280b705c7330225f6245c6316f6c41
MD5 (7.0-BETA1-amd64-disc2.iso) =3D 81dab65b611ec4ebea40f311969ad27a
MD5 (7.0-BETA1-amd64-docs.iso) =3D cc002beb3a69ab6245a8a70f52b3528c
MD5 (7.0-BETA1-amd64-livefs.iso) =3D 526554b4b5cc98b2544dd817dbf42b0c

MD5 (7.0-BETA1-i386-bootonly.iso) =3D a1caa2daa032294a5ab101ba7507325a
MD5 (7.0-BETA1-i386-disc1.iso) =3D 47929d67f5673ddd856f54811e744ac2
MD5 (7.0-BETA1-i386-disc2.iso) =3D 432c54565287f49a7449cb452267852e
MD5 (7.0-BETA1-i386-docs.iso) =3D 57e032ba93b1395a2f2bc859a8816f6a

MD5 (7.0-BETA1-ia64-bootonly.iso) =3D b868f5accee282cc386c419ffcf8642e
MD5 (7.0-BETA1-ia64-disc1.iso) =3D 59c63c6dd5a6986e30fe5cdd218b1d18
MD5 (7.0-BETA1-ia64-disc2.iso) =3D 9a011dafcd964a1c3e7dff689ebc5cf9
MD5 (7.0-BETA1-ia64-docs.iso) =3D 3bbf0db507b317a8fa3afe48b800f557
MD5 (7.0-BETA1-ia64-livefs.iso) =3D 93c3de935c3002a39b291b10f4c45be8

MD5 (7.0-BETA1-pc98-bootonly.iso) =3D b38f9676dd15308464e81172f9fbaa37
MD5 (7.0-BETA1-pc98-disc1.iso) =3D d00d2d92ab7b5ff248e431ff22229d11

MD5 (7.0-BETA1-sparc64-bootonly.iso) =3D 1a64706fe2c42d338af2f136ef57a903
MD5 (7.0-BETA1-sparc64-disc1.iso) =3D f72780b77fae0b841f08c2126d8e6007
MD5 (7.0-BETA1-sparc64-disc2.iso) =3D 0477d9547d03b97033c07efac1c1a212

SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-amd64-bootonly.iso) =3D 343b2b3c63daa8e99dd3cf80f2eb65a63=
810fc1caef7dbe74ebf54b57d4c8923
SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-amd64-disc1.iso) =3D 658d9ef30d07576038b8d40724851b46de13=
11d9ef742806c24c8b284ec72d11
SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-amd64-disc2.iso) =3D c596d4f7904cb2ffca06fd9f3958dd8068ca=
cb92fa22d57e3b53b03029eee8f6
SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-amd64-docs.iso) =3D a3399826d857488b18a89f915e1397e07966d=
979209ed9f2f909b546764ce07a
SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-amd64-livefs.iso) =3D c32eaba36056e6a5fdcfec3cb9af582c5c7=
7d8a7594e9e552ffc974c624206e3

SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-i386-bootonly.iso) =3D fb3dfc57b0fe53ac44471049cfd7ed0434=
09387bb108d4dfaaa3b2285a2d67ae
SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-i386-disc1.iso) =3D 3d3eefe8c200deddafb9ed1315295ff52aa18=
b59429b480ae57a73bc8f4edd59
SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-i386-disc2.iso) =3D 05c84ab7d419e4971493eaeda953a8fbfdb2d=
ee811528d2275e175cdc8fa2271
SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-i386-docs.iso) =3D b26d5d7f2448c1e0e4f72339c25d065b835298=
61698a9cf3c60f165e1fa8a6a9

SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-ia64-bootonly.iso) =3D 3925348937423230d18ba072ef117e5343=
dfd02414c3a75cfa56d84cc325a1c8
SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-ia64-disc1.iso) =3D 8b39ce0b83e4fd04343d2a8e595bfbd7ded3a=
bec8d4ff64dcf27ecaadc823f02
SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-ia64-disc2.iso) =3D 83e9e025064922449e6521ce92fcb32496fea=
04e271b5fe0157ca4f59c0cc5b0
SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-ia64-docs.iso) =3D 149e7525b6eb7157ce41139e9c7ad53625c4e2=
87a4dbba5e257edc0dbe347dfa
SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-ia64-livefs.iso) =3D 54d716313a51d80b5583e2439ecac99c5e5c=
a67121fccc21f53b1483fa1d9178

SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-pc98-bootonly.iso) =3D e79a8003786e1b031860f251c8b0dcaac8=
ce27c52f363fa4df7e3d19b15f3ce7
SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-pc98-disc1.iso) =3D c7e11c012b3e0c4a45c965a46cbda0209d873=
dd8d7a56cf59af4ea3acb4776bc

SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-sparc64-bootonly.iso) =3D c9d9c2baab182848af6ed6f3a3711b0=
3ad734073a64b0c25607062bf152d2283
SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-sparc64-disc1.iso) =3D 8a1800bc03a6498f71fe739ac5a618b5fc=
1ef27d10a891cf5a9a81ff4c45bbd7
SHA256 (7.0-BETA1-sparc64-disc2.iso) =3D 2a2f63cf1d84b13018d77414c3f89d4da7=
acbb0a22653e59fda54759efbf03d7


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

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