FreeBSD 4.6 has entered the release candidate stage, destined for final release around June 1st. The complete FreeBSD release schedule can be found here. The quality assurance testing guide highlights three significant changes in this release: there is a major update for DHCP client support, the i4b SyncPPP driver has been merged with the main sppp driver, and XFree86 has been upgraded from version 3.3.6 to version 4.2.0. Check the release notes for the most up to date information. Though currently only available for i386, the Alpha version is also on its way.
Murray Stokely's 4.6-RC1 announcement email follows.
Update: (5/19/2) RC2 has been released to fix a sysinstall buffer truncation issue that affected the installtion of GNOME. Announcement below.
From: Murray Stokely
Subject: FreeBSD 4.6-RC1 (i386) is now available.
Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 23:43:41 -0700
FreeBSD 4.6-RC1 (i386) is now available :
The RC has been on ftp-master for over 24 hours so most of the
mirrors have the ISO and FTP install tree, except for some reason
ftp.freebsd.org. The build for the Alpha platform should be available
within the next 24 hours.
Please help test this release candidate on as many different
configurations as possible. We've put together a small testing guide
for users that would like a quick summary of some of the recent
changes that should be tested thoroughly.
I'd also like to welcome Brian Somers and Bruce A. Mah to the
release engineering team. They've been a huge help so far. This
release candidate was built by Brian.
Known Problem :
Due to a buffer truncation in sysinstall, the gnome meta-port in
4.6-RC1 does not install correctly. This has been fixed and will be
functional for the next release candidate.
For more information about the FreeBSD 4.6 release cycle, or the
release engineering process in general, please see our web site :
- Murray / FreeBSD Release Engineering Team Lead
FreeBSD 4.6-RC2 (i386) is now available :
The other mirrors should pick up the release soon. This candidate
fixes the sysinstall buffer truncation issue that prevented the
successful installation of GNOME with 4.6-RC1. There have been very
few other changes between the two releases, so bug reports against RC1
are still very much appreciated. Unless any other major issues crop
up before hand, we will release another RC in 5-7 days.
Testing Guide :
Release Schedule :
Thanks for your help in making another successful release of