Ken Smith announced the official release of FreeBSD 4.11 [forum]. He noted, "since FreeBSD 4.10-RELEASE in May 2004 [story] we have made conservative updates to a number of software programs in the base system, dealt with known security issues, and made many bugfixes." Complete details can be found in the 4.11 release notes.
Ken went on to note that this is expected to be the last 4.x FreeBSD release, as most developers are now focused on the 5.x baseline. However, 4.11 will continue to be maintained as an Errata Branch [story], receiving security fixes and other well-tested fixes to basic functionality. Read on for the full release announcement, including complete details on how to obtain the latest version for the i386 and alpha architectures.
From: Ken Smith [email blocked] To: freebsd-announce Subject: [FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD 4.11-RELEASE is now available Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2005 12:02:10 -0500 The Release Engineering Team is happy to announce the availability of FreeBSD 4.11-RELEASE, the latest release of the FreeBSD Legacy development branch. Since FreeBSD 4.10-RELEASE in May 2004 we have made conservative updates to a number of software programs in the base system, dealt with known security issues, and made many bugfixes. For a complete list of new features, known problems, and late-breaking news, please see the release notes and errata list, available here: http://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/4.11R/relnotes.html http://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/4.11R/errata.html FreeBSD 4.11 will become an "Errata Branch". In addition to Security fixes other well-tested fixes to basic functionality will be committed to the RELENG_4_11 branch after the release. Both Security Advisories and Errata Notices are announced on the [email blocked] mailing list. This is expected to be the last release from the RELENG_4 branch. Most of the Developers are now focused on the RELENG_5 branch, or on the cutting edge development in HEAD. For more information about FreeBSD release engineering activities, please see: http://www.FreeBSD.org/releng/ Availability ------------ FreeBSD 4.11-RELEASE supports the i386 and alpha architectures and can be installed directly over the net, using bootable media, or copied to a local NFS/FTP server. Distributions for both architectures are available now. Please continue to support the FreeBSD Project by purchasing media from one of our supporting vendors. The following companies will be offering FreeBSD 4.11 based products: FreeBSD Mall, Inc. http://www.freebsdmall.com/ Daemonnews, Inc. http://www.bsdmall.com/freebsd1.html If you can not afford FreeBSD on media, are impatient, or just want to use it for evangelism purposes, then by all means download the ISO images. We can not promise that all the mirror sites will carry the larger ISO images. At the time of this announcement they are available from the following sites. MD5 checksums for the release images are included at the bottom of this message. Bittorrent ---------- As with the 5.3 release we are experimenting with Bittorrent. A collection of trackers for the release ISO images is available at http://people.freebsd.org/~kensmith/4.11-torrent/ FTP --- ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp2.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp3.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp5.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp11.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.at.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.au.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp2.ca.FreeBSD.org/ ftp://ftp2.ch.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.cz.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp2.de.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.ee.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.es.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.fi.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.fr.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp2.ie.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.is.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.jp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp8.jp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.kr.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.lt.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.nl.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.no.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp5.pl.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp3.ru.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.se.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.sg.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.si.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.sk.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp2.tw.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp6.tw.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp.uk.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp6.us.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ ftp://ftp10.us.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ FreeBSD is also available via anonymous FTP from mirror sites in the following countries and territories: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States. Before trying the central FTP site, please check your regional mirror(s) first by going to: ftp://ftp.<yourdomain>.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD Any additional mirror sites will be labeled ftp2, ftp3 and so on. More information about FreeBSD mirror sites and the current list of all active mirror sites can be found at: http://www.FreeBSD.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/mirrors-ftp.html 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: http://www.FreeBSD.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/install.html Acknowledgments --------------- The FreeBSD Developers deserve the most thanks. Without their efforts FreeBSD would not exist. Many companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to finance the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 4.11 including The FreeBSD Mall, Hewlett Packard, Yahoo!, Sentex Communications, and NTT/Verio. The release engineering team for 4.11-RELEASE includes: Scott Long [email blocked] Release Engineering Robert Watson [email blocked] Release Engineering, Security John Baldwin [email blocked] Release Engineering Ken Smith [email blocked] Release Engineering, I386 Release Building, Mirror Site Coordination Hiroki Sato [email blocked] Release Engineering, Documentation Wilko Bulte [email blocked] Alpha Release Building Kris Kennaway [email blocked] Package Building Joe Marcus Clarke [email blocked] Package Building Jacques A. Vidrine [email blocked] Security Officer Paul Saab [email blocked] Bittorrent Coordination A few people put in more than their fair share of last-minute work. This includes Alexander Leidinger [email blocked] who did a lot of work on the linux_base-8 package integration, and Kris Kennaway [email blocked] who did a lot of package rebuilding thanks to a few recent security issues in some key packages. CD Image Checksums ------------------ For Alpha: MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-alpha-disc1-gnome.iso) = 3f0f49a9c7067f398ca0b47fd21234eb MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-alpha-disc1-kde.iso) = b4c83df8e979741c7972f379154360aa MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-alpha-disc2.iso) = 8fd241bab99fed226ef71184ed0b0b38 MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-alpha-miniinst.iso) = 3280b9e34fd26db7ce0dd24f1a05e7b4 For i386: MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-i386-disc1-gnome.iso) = 80c6b06b83432efc6cbe1cff3ebd893f MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-i386-disc1-kde.iso) = 84921fe6b6b4bfd3f7011788985d34e2 MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-i386-disc2.iso) = 73553999f9f8e2e49222ba14e8ecbde5 MD5 (4.11-RELEASE-i386-miniinst.iso) = 28b006bcdf5df8b8b7e8f1831085cdae -ken