December 18th, 2004, 20:08
[From the FreeBSD mailing-lists ...]


The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 4.11-RC1, which marks the beginning of the FreeBSD 4.11 Release Cycle. This will be the last of the FreeBSD 4.X releases. It is meant to give users a little more time to migrate to FreeBSD 5.X, providing some bug fixes as well as a few conservative updates to some of the core pieces of the system.

A schedule for the Release Cycle is available at:

The expected dates of the RCs and Release are:

RC1 Dec. 20, 2004
RC2 Jan. 3, 2005
RC3 Jan 17, 2005
Release Jan 24, 2005

Any further announcements during the 4.11 Release Cycle will be sent to the mailing list.

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_4_11. Problem reports can be submitted using the send-pr(1) command.

At the moment there are no known severe issues. Note that the package set on i386 disc1 has not been finalized. It is almost certain to change between now and the release. There are no packages on the Alpha disc1 at this time.


The RC1 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 (4.11-RC1-alpha-disc1.iso) = f7ebb0b9c194c2e8dc30a61ef757560a
MD5 (4.11-RC1-alpha-disc2.iso) = 80496d740f216228190562ac1f05b75c

MD5 (4.11-RC1-i386-disc1.iso) = bd8467ee522527d1b3aff2b369cd1fe4
MD5 (4.11-RC1-i386-disc2.iso) = 8163968f5a545bdafde64352a3bfca16
MD5 (4.11-RC1-i386-miniinst.iso) = ef432204fcf4319a994cf1cafefff20b