8.0-BETA3 Available

freebsd_logo-100x100Ken Smith has announced the third of the BETA builds for the FreeBSD-8.0. All major work related to new features in 8.0 has been completed and we are shifting into “bugfix only” mode for the balance of the release cycle. Debugging features (e.g. WITNESS) are still enabled but will be removed from stable/8 between now and RC1 so performance is still impacted a bit by that. Also note that, as mentioned previously on the mailing lists, we did do a shared library version bump after BETA2 was announced (bump was done July 19th with svn commit r195767) so if you update a system that was last rebuilt earlier than that it would be a good idea to rebuild all user-level applications including the ports/packages.

The current release target date is the 3rd week of September.  Two Release Candidate builds (RC’s) are expected to ge done, RC1 builds scheduled for next weekend. As you probably know our schedules often slip but that’s the current target. More information about the current state of the release is available here:

http://wiki.freebsd.org/8.0TODO

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