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From: Ken Smith <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Date: 18/01/2008 17:00
Subject: [FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE Available

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability
of FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE.  This release continues the development of the
6-STABLE branch providing performance and stability improvements, many
bug fixes and new features.  Some of the highlights:

        - KDE updated to 3.5.8, GNOME updated to 2.20.1, Xorg updated to 7.3
        - BIND updated to 9.3.4
        - sendmail updated to 8.14.2
        - lagg(4) driver ported from OpenBSD/NetBSD
        - unionfs file system re-implemented
        - freebsd-update(8) now supports an upgrade command

For a complete list of new features and known problems, please see the
online release notes and errata list, available at:


For more information about FreeBSD release engineering activities,
please see:


The FreeBSD Security Team intends to support 6.3-RELEASE until January 31st,


FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Jun-ichiro Hagino,
known throughout the Internet community as itojun, for his visionary work
on the IPv6 protocol and his many other contributions to the Internet and
BSD communities.


FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE is now available for the alpha, amd64, i386, pc98,
and sparc64 architectures.  It can be installed from bootable ISO images
or over the network; the required files can be downloaded via FTP or
BitTorrent as described in the sections below.  While some of the smaller
FTP mirrors may not carry all architectures, they will all generally
contain the more common ones, such as i386 and amd64.

MD5 and SHA256 hashes for the release ISO images are included at the
bottom of this message.

The contents of the ISO images provided as part of the release has changed
for most of the architectures.  Using the i386 architecture as an example,
there are ISO images named "bootonly", "disc1", "disc2", "disc3", and "docs".
The "bootonly" image is suitable for booting a machine to do a network based
installation using FTP or NFS.  The "disc1", "disc2", and "disc3" images are
used to do a full installation that includes a basic set of packages and does
not require network access to an FTP or NFS server during the installation.
In addition, "disc1" supports booting into a "live CD-based filesystem" and
system rescue mode.  The "docs" image has all of the documentation for all
supported languages.  Most people will find that "disc1", "disc2" and "disc3"
are all that are needed.  If you intend to install ports from source
instead of using the pre-built packages included with the release only
"disc1" is needed.

FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE can also be purchased on CD-ROM from several
vendors.  One of the vendors that will be offering FreeBSD 6.3-based
products is:

~   FreeBSD Mall, Inc.        http://www.freebsdmall.com/


6.3-RELEASE ISOs are available via BitTorrent.  A collection of torrent
files to download the images is available at:



The primary mirror site is:


However before trying the primary FTP site, please check your regional
mirror(s) first by going to:


Any additional mirror sites will be labeled ftp2, ftp3 and so on.

More information about FreeBSD mirror sites can be found at:


For instructions on installing FreeBSD, please see Chapter 2 of The
FreeBSD Handbook.  It provides a complete installation walk-through
for users new to FreeBSD, and can be found online at:


 FreeBSD Update

Starting with FreeBSD 6.3, the freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary
upgrades of i386 and amd64 systems systems running earlier FreeBSD releases,
release candidates, and betas.  Users upgrading to FreeBSD 6.3 from
older releases (in particular, older than 6.3-RC1) will need to
download an updated version of freebsd-update(8) that supports upgrading
to a new release.

# fetch http://people.freebsd.org/~cperciva/freebsd-update-upgrade.tgz

Downloading and verifying the digital signature for the tarball
(signed by the FreeBSD Security Officer's PGP key) is highly

# fetch http://people.freebsd.org/~cperciva/freebsd-update-upgrade.tgz.asc
# gpg --verify freebsd-update-upgrade.tgz.asc freebsd-update-upgrade.tgz

The new freebsd-update(8) can then be extracted and run as follows:

# tar -xf freebsd-update-upgrade.tgz
# sh freebsd-update.sh -f freebsd-update.conf -r 6.3-RELEASE upgrade
# sh freebsd-update.sh -f freebsd-update.conf install

The system must be rebooted with the newly installed kernel before

# shutdown -r now

Finally, freebsd-update.sh needs to be run one more time to install
the new userland components, and the system needs to be rebooted one
last time:

# sh freebsd-update.sh -f freebsd-update.conf install
# shutdown -r now

For more information, see:



Many companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to
finance the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 6.3 including
The FreeBSD Foundation, FreeBSD Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo!,
Network Appliances, and Sentex Communications.

The release engineering team for 6.3-RELEASE includes:

Ken Smith <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>        Release Engineering,
                                        amd64, i386, sparc64 Release Building,
                                        Mirror Site Coordination
Robert Watson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>     Release Engineering, Security
Maxime Henrion <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>        Release Engineering
Bruce A. Mah <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>         Release Engineering, Documentation
George Neville-Neil <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>   Release Engineering
Hiroki Sato <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>           Release Engineering, Documentation
Murray Stokely <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>     Release Engineering
Wilko Bulte <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>         Alpha Release Building
Takahashi Yoshihiro <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>  PC98 Release Building
Kris Kennaway <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>        Package Building
Joe Marcus Clarke <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>  Package Building
Erwin Lansing <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>       Package Building
Mark Linimon <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>      Package Building
Pav Lucistnik <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>         Package Building
Colin Percival <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>   Security Officer
Peter Wemm <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>          Bittorrent Coordination


FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.

 ISO Image Checksums

MD5 (6.3-RELEASE-alpha-bootonly.iso) = b9a479f20d84758202006b0fc446f52c
MD5 (6.3-RELEASE-alpha-disc1.iso) = 4a5fd2fd27f966b3b65717ee79d0bf09
MD5 (6.3-RELEASE-alpha-disc2.iso) = c1d05f366160f1a7b760cd92b2368158
MD5 (6.3-RELEASE-alpha-disc3.iso) = aa3884eec1b62fba1c2f407ed5568d52
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MD5 (6.3-RELEASE-pc98-bootonly.iso) = fc9921a841735b778164b3efed8fdd2c
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MD5 (6.3-RELEASE-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = 1726741e8c3406b103578509fc02cd37
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MD5 (6.3-RELEASE-sparc64-disc3.iso) = cf6f35f7331904711a3fe9245e0c0be5
MD5 (6.3-RELEASE-sparc64-docs.iso) = 11e0e61f4c39a418f0395e6980a880ee

SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-alpha-bootonly.iso) =
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SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-alpha-disc2.iso) =
SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-alpha-disc3.iso) =
SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-alpha-docs.iso) =

SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso) =
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SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-amd64-disc2.iso) =
SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-amd64-disc3.iso) =
SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-amd64-docs.iso) =

SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-i386-bootonly.iso) =
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SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-i386-disc2.iso) =
SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-i386-disc3.iso) =
SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-i386-docs.iso) =

SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-pc98-bootonly.iso) =
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SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-sparc64-bootonly.iso) =
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SHA256 (6.3-RELEASE-sparc64-disc2.iso) =
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