New Release Schedule for PC-BSD

The PC-BSD team has always been dedicated to bringing you the best graphical BSD desktop possible. We received some great feedback after our last release cycle that made us rethink our release schedule.

In the past, we tracked FreeBSD major releases, and also added our own quarterly updates that tended to add in a good bit of code for new features and utilities. Going forward, PC-BSD releases will track FreeBSD releases only, such as 10.2 -> 11.0 -> 11.1. Once the code base is frozen for a major release, an update can be pushed out to EDGE users who wish to act as advanced users and beta testers for the updates. During that several week testing period, if something goes wrong we’ll count on EDGE users to help report issues so that we can
quickly get those bugs fixed during the code freeze. After the several week testing period, we can release the update for PRODUCTION users, once we are confident that the kinks are worked out and EDGE users are happy.

We’re also changing the way the EDGE and PRODUCTION branches work a little bit. EDGE packages will now only be built with the ‘stable’ branch of PC-BSD code, to avoid radical changes that could break functionality to the PC-BSD tool-chain. This also allows us to focus our QA and testing on the new 3rd party packages themselves.

However, all packages that are built on FreeBSD -CURRENT will include PC-BSD’s ‘master’ branch, and are considered bleeding edge. These images will continue to be rolled monthly and are only intended for advanced users or developers who can debug and otherwise help fix issues as they arise.

The PRODUCTION package branch will be switching to a monthly update schedule instead of quarterly. The PC-BSD tool-chain will also be based upon “stable”, which will not radically change between releases. We are hoping this change will balance between the need for stability and bringing in the latest packages / security updates to end users in a timely manner.

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Written by Josh Smith. Posted in 10.2, new features, testers

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Comments (4)

  • sg1efc
    September 2, 2015 at 2:34 pm |

    Sounds great Josh. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • […] New Release Schedule for PC-BSD. […]

  • Timo
    April 26, 2016 at 6:19 am |

    the latest pkgupdate to 10.3 production ends up into I was impression these had been sorted out by now pc-bsd devs please
    flatten away these annoying update errors..asap ๐Ÿ™‚

  • April 26, 2016 at 6:44 am |

    Hey Timo!
    There can be a lot of things that cause a package failure not limited to connection issues. Regardless we need more information to troubleshoot any kind of issues related to updating. If you want us to help you troubleshoot your issue just submit a ticket to and we will get that taken care of for you ASAP!

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