FreeBSD 5.3-RC2 Available

From: Ken Smith (
Date: 10/31/04

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    The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is proud to announce the
    availability of FreeBSD 5.3-RC2. Two critical issues came up
    during RC1 testing and it is felt the fixes warrant one more RC
    so they receive widespread testing. If no more show-stopper
    problems are found this will be the last test release done before

    See the previous BETA and RC announcements if you are upgrading a
    system and have not been keeping up with each of the test releases.
    You should be aware that things like BIND and various system libraries
    have been updated through the test cycle.

    Fixes and enhancements since RC1:

       - A situation where processes being debugged using a debugger
         (e.g. gdb) could be left in an unkillable state has been fixed.
       - A situation where a machine under severe network load could
         stop responding for periods of time due to SACK issues has
         been fixed.
       - A change was made to some network locking data structures that
         will prevent ABI breakage during the lifetime of 5.X. This will
         require you to rebuild all modules related to the network stack.
       - The ULE scheduler has been completely disabled to discourage
         its use during the early phases of 5.X. The problems with its
         stability are being worked on and it is hoped it can be re-enabled
         for a future 5.X release.
       - A problem with extremely large memory allocations on amd64 was fixed.
       - Fix a panic at shutdown time for machines with vr(4).
       - Update the floppy disk driver resource layout.
       - Fix a problem with read-only mounting diskless client root partitions.


       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_3
       at this point.

       As of this writing the following are available on
       along with some of the mirror sites:

           alpha: build still in progress, probably available Monday
           amd64: all images available
           i386: all images available
           ia64: build still in progress, available later today
           pc98: build complete, loading in progress, available later today
           sparc64: build complete, loading in progress, available later today

       MD5s for the builds that are complete at this time are:

         MD5 (5.3-RC2-amd64-bootonly.iso) = 4515831861026c88a83c6077cbbcb27e
         MD5 (5.3-RC2-amd64-disc1.iso) = aa55c7ce7522db445d11fcef7858227d
         MD5 (5.3-RC2-amd64-disc2.iso) = 1642973ba54f9e83249c6c318df987c4
         MD5 (5.3-RC2-amd64-miniinst.iso) = 676c5f1dea5a8384764277c31b7419fd

         MD5 (5.3-RC2-i386-bootonly.iso) = 99dd7e92702eb43d2cf60a8f213ec0ff
         MD5 (5.3-RC2-i386-miniinst.iso) = 47180529153a82855b3b5c4bfddeab74
         MD5 (5.3-RC2-i386-disc2.iso) = 4ebe6dc95b61f1ee5ad511c7f0342bef
         MD5 (5.3-RC2-i386-miniinst.iso) = 2792395a6e47332750a0af4ac9fb96f0

         MD5 (5.3-RC2-pc98-disc2.iso) = 507436c8d00692a90beb37a9ab121db5
         MD5 (5.3-RC2-pc98-miniinst.iso) = 39330e1f44bb81e032cedafe6c90ba22

         MD5 (5.3-RC2-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = 5257d530c7a7fe9bea0885396d01eba1
         MD5 (5.3-RC2-sparc64-disc1.iso) = fd2136eb5ad6db830fdf9cb1ae0e42fc
         MD5 (5.3-RC2-sparc64-disc2.iso) = dfb05dc299712df7d1cace8f30a4c121
         MD5 (5.3-RC2-sparc64-miniinst.iso) = b434d6af9af802e95a8d6273551177a1


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