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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
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<!ENTITY local.rel "13.0">
<!ENTITY local.branch.head "head">
<!ENTITY local.branch.stable "stable/13">
<!ENTITY local.branch.releng "releng/13.0">
<!ENTITY title "FreeBSD &local.rel; Release Process">
<!ENTITY % beta.local.where "IGNORE">
<!ENTITY % beta2.local.where "IGNORE">
]>

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  <head>
    <title>&title;</title>

    <cvs:keyword xmlns:cvs="http://www.FreeBSD.org/XML/CVS">$FreeBSD$</cvs:keyword>
  </head>

  <body class="navinclude.download">

    <h1>Introduction</h1>

    <p>This is the release schedule for &os;&nbsp;&local.rel;.  For
      more information about the release engineering process, please
      see the <a href="&base;/releng/index.html">Release
	Engineering</a> section of the web site.</p>

    <p>General discussions about the pending release and known issues
      should be sent to the public <a
	href="mailto:FreeBSD-current@FreeBSD.org">freebsd-current</a>
      mailing list.</p>

    <?ignore
    <p><a
	href="&base;/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/freebsd-glossary.html#mfc-glossary">MFC</a>
      requests are no longer being accepted for
      &local.branch.releng;.</p>
    ?>
    <?ignore
    <p><a
	href="&base;/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/freebsd-glossary.html#mfc-glossary">MFC</a>
      requests should be sent to <a href="mailto:re@FreeBSD.org">re@FreeBSD.org</a>.</p>
    ?>

    &beta.local.where;
    &beta2.local.where;

    <h1>Schedule</h1>

    <p>During the &local.branch.head; freeze, the Release Engineering
      Team may create ALPHA snapshots to publish for testing purposes.
      As the frequency and total number of the ALPHA snapshots will
      depend on the length of time the &local.branch.head; branch is
      frozen, no official schedule is provided.</p>

    <p>Announcements regarding the availability of the ALPHA snapshots
      will be sent to the <a
	href="mailto:freebsd-current@FreeBSD.org">freebsd-current</a>
      and <a
	href="mailto:freebsd-snapshots@FreeBSD.org">freebsd-snapshots</a>
      mailing lists.</p>

    <table class="tblbasic">
      <tr class="heading">
	<td>Action</td>
	<td>Expected</td>
	<td>Actual</td>
	<td>Description</td>
      </tr>

      <tr>
	<td>Initial release schedule announcement</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>21&nbsp;July&nbsp;2020</td>
	<td>Release Engineers send announcement email to developers
	  with a rough schedule.</td>
      </tr>

      <tr>
	<td>Release schedule reminder</td>
	<td>3&nbsp;December&nbsp;2020</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to
	  developers with updated schedule.</td>
      </tr>

      <tr>
	<td>Code slush begins</td>
	<td>8&nbsp;January&nbsp;2021</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the
	  &local.branch.head; branch will not require explicit
	  approval, however new features should be avoided.
	  Additionally, there can be no changes to the KBI until
	  &local.branch.head; is branched to
	  &local.branch.stable;.</td>
      </tr>

      <tr>
	<td>&local.branch.stable; branch</td>
	<td>22&nbsp;January&nbsp;2021</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>&local.branch.stable; branch created; release engineering
	  continues on this branch.</td>
      </tr>

      <tr>
	<td>&local.branch.releng; branch</td>
	<td>5&nbsp;February&nbsp;2021</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>&local.branch.releng; branch created; future release
	  engineering proceeds on this branch.  Commits to this
	  branch require explicit approval from the Release
	  Engineers.</td>
      </tr>

      <tr>
	<td>BETA1 builds begin</td>
	<td>5&nbsp;February&nbsp;2021</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>First beta test snapshot.</td>
      </tr>

      <tr>
	<td>BETA2 builds begin</td>
	<td>12&nbsp;February&nbsp;2021</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>Second beta test snapshot.</td>
      </tr>

      <tr>
	<td>BETA3 builds begin&nbsp;*</td>
	<td>19&nbsp;February&nbsp;2021</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>Third beta test snapshot.</td>
      </tr>

      <tr>
	<td>RC1 builds begin</td>
	<td>26&nbsp;February&nbsp;2021</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>First release candidate.</td>
      </tr>

      <tr>
	<td>RC2 builds begin</td>
	<td>5&nbsp;March&nbsp;2021</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>Second release candidate.</td>
      </tr>

      <tr>
	<td>RC3 builds begin&nbsp;*</td>
	<td>12&nbsp;March&nbsp;2021</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>Third release candidate.</td>
      </tr>

      <tr>
	<td>RELEASE builds begin</td>
	<td>19&nbsp;March&nbsp;2021</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>&local.rel;-RELEASE builds begin.</td>
      </tr>

      <tr>
	<td>RELEASE announcement</td>
	<td>23&nbsp;March&nbsp;2021</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>&local.rel;-RELEASE press release.</td>
      </tr>

      <tr>
	<td>Turn over to the secteam</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>-</td>
	<td>&local.branch.releng; branch is handed over to the
	  &os;&nbsp;Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after
	  the announcement.</td>
      </tr>
    </table>

    <p>&quot;*&quot; indicates &quot;as-needed&quot; items.</p>

    <h1>Additional Information</h1>

    <ul>
      <li><a href="&base;/releng/index.html">&os;&nbsp;Release
	  Engineering website</a></li>
    </ul>
  </body>
</html>