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Month: July 2009

InternetNews.com: Why FreeBSD 8 Won’t Rewrite the Book

Even though the release cycle only has reached the BETA2 stage, InternetNews.com already has an article on the upcoming FreeBSD 8.0 release, with interviews with Michael Lucas, author of the Absolute FreeBSD book, Matt Olander of iXsystems, and Kris Moore of PC-BSD. Primary point of the article is how FreeBSD even for major releases with lots of new features and improvements still keeps the disruption for users to a minimum, and introduces these new features without forcing a paradigm shift on the users. This strategy has of course long been known to the developers as POLA, or Principle Of Least Astonishment. Highly recommended article.

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Ports freeze schedule for FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE

Below is the tentative schedule for the ports freeze in preparation for 8.0-RELEASE. If any major delays occur in the overall release schedule, the dates may be postponed, but please start preparing to have your changed committed to the tree before August 17 to ensure they are included in the release. Also, portmgr kindly asks anyone who has anything major lined up to already from today start mailing portmgr about these so we know what to expect and not be surprised by any major fallout that might extend the short freeze we have planned.

August 17: ports tree is frozen and package build begin
August 24: ports tree is thawed and final package builds begin
August 31: FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE is released and ports tree is unfrozen

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