BETA3 Release Notes

From: Scott Long (scottl_at_samsco.org)
Date: 09/05/04

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    The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is proud to announce the
    availability of FreeBSD 5.3-BETA3. This is the third BETA of the 5.3
    release cycle. It is intended for early adopters and those wishing to
    help find and/or fix bugs. The 5.3 release cycle will continue with
    weekly BETA builds while bugs are being fixed and features finalized.
    The schedule is at http://www.freebsd.org/releases/5.3R/schedule.html.
    Be sure to check the "Known issues" below, there are known problems
    still being worked on at this time.

    Fixes and Enhancements made since BETA2:

         - MP-safe network stack is now enabled by default.
         - Add support for loadable modules on amd64.
         - Misc. acpi fixes.
         - Misc. fixes and enhancments (mostly gnutar compatibility) to
           bsdtar.
         - X server configuration has been removed from sysinstall, it is
           best done post-install.
         - Better ftw() and nftw() implementations imported from OpenBSD.
         - Misc. pf fixes.
         - Fix to maestro sound card driver.
         - Fix to md device driver that allowed mdconfig(8) to exit before
           filenames appeared in /dev.
         - Fixes that allow use of TGA2 adapter in Alpha.
         - Correct a denial-of-service vulnerability in zlib.
         - Misc. fixes to aic7xxx driver.
         - Fixes to schedulers.

    Known issues in this release:

         - There are scattered reports of data corruption on SMP systems
           under high load. This could be due to a known bug in the gvinum
           subsystem, but it could be due to unknown factors. We are
           investigating this and hope to correct it soon.
         - pst(4) is known to cause a system panic during the boot time.
         - The Synaptics Touchpad mouse support is known to have issues with
           responsiveness. It can be disabled with
           'hint.psm.0.flags="0x200"' in "/boot/device.hints". This will be
           resolved for the release.
         - On sparc64 only, there is a problem using ATA devices in DMA
           mode. The loader has been temporarily set up to disable DMA
           in the ATA device driver. The problem has been identified but
           a fix is still in the works.
         - Kernel and user-level debugging aids (INVARIANTS, WITNESS,
           user-level malloc, etc) are still enabled so do not use this BETA
           as an indication of speed.

         A complete list of defects that will be fixed for the release can be
         found at http://www.freebsd.org/releases/5.3R/todo.html.

    Availability:

         For people wishing to upgrade older systems using cvsup(1) and the
         procedure described in src/UPDATING the CVS tag to use is RELENG_5
         at this point. Note that like all RELENG_X branches this is an
         active development branch. We do not recommend those branches for
         normal use (for normal use RELENG_X_Y branches are more appropriate,
         e.g. RELENG_4_10 is the current stable branch).

         As of this writing, ISO images and FTP install directories are
         available for the following architectures:

             i386: all images available
             alpha: mini ISO available
             amd64: mini ISO available, disc1 with packages will be available
                    shortly
             ia64: mini ISO available
             pc98: mini ISO available
             sparc64: all images available

    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-alpha-bootonly.iso) = 6407ae17db85361ba4194d1f53df0dd0
    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-alpha-disc2.iso) = a8f07884750e60b427d309c45d86100d
    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-alpha-miniinst.iso) = 74125f9ea9e215cfc9ed4f089410723c

    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-amd64-bootonly.iso) = eda3bad2b1b8ad33048464277e02698c
    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-amd64-disc2.iso) = 25a8bef2756548d2756d281210e3d8bd
    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-amd64-miniinst.iso) = 3bbeb365d08360797a41903841ba1751

    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-i386-bootonly.iso) = ca5b1cca7f677d4c456b6373f15e8e43
    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-i386-disc1.iso) = 3d562562786f2ca432a8085029380f73
    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-i386-disc2.iso) = c805ae7df8cd43593b080fa3300d52da
    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-i386-miniinst.iso) = 900f994e1887b3c5c1d908f50f56ebbd

    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-ia64-bootonly.iso) = 97c3f51233dbd2dd70cd40ed5ff9e284
    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-ia64-disc2.iso) = 38b9a4620dacb5bc3157c08b1675a9ba
    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-ia64-miniinst.iso) = d6a496552372ba2cbb45674f9b8d85e7

    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-pc98-disc2.iso) = 034b3d37bd05ff2e68494114501cf429
    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-pc98-miniinst.iso) = 535afa47704fdcb3cc63006ee0ae16f3

    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = 97a0dfe362ad699ffc227ca418ff118a
    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-sparc64-disc2.iso) = 3c096fb229c9cfa4afb47ca5b20ec3a6
    MD5 (5.3-BETA3-sparc64-miniinst.iso) = 67f418e3ab03b15e934a093bac5379d1

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