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<!-- $FreeBSD$ -->

  <foil id="freebsd-release-process-general">
    <title>FreeBSD Release Process</title>

    <itemizedlist>

      <listitem><quote>Stable</quote> releases are made from the
        -STABLE development branch at approximately 4 month
        intervals.</listitem>

      <listitem>Major new versions (3.0, 4.0, 5.0, etc..) are released
        at much longer intervals when the main goals for that release
        have been realized.

      <itemizedlist>
	<listitem>3.0 - October 1998</listitem>
	<listitem>4.0 - March 2000</listitem>
	<listitem>5.0 - January 2003</listitem>
      </itemizedlist>

      </listitem>

      <listitem>In periods of transition, point releases from the
	previous branch are still released while the next major
	release branch stabilizes. (e.g., 4.8, 4.9, and 4.10 were
	released after 5.0)</listitem>

    </itemizedlist>
  </foil>