One of the most eagerly anticipated releases of this year will undoubtedly be that of FreeBSD 11.0. The ambitious list of new features includes major architectural changes and tool chain updates with Clang 3.8.0, as well far-reaching networking and vitualisation improvements, among many others. But as with any large-scale community projects, the developers are bound to code in a few bugs from time to time which might delay the final release. Such was the case last week when an unscheduled BETA4 build has pushed the final release back by one week - to 9 September 2016: "As those of you tracking our PR system are probably aware, re@ is aware of an issue related to ZFS and VFS that we feel is urgent enough to have fixed for 11.0-RELEASE. As such, instead of branching releng/11.0 today and starting 11.0-RC1 builds, BETA4 will be added to the 11.0 release schedule, since the level of possible intrusiveness would be extremely difficult to fix with an errata notice after 11.0-RELEASE." Chances are this won't be the only show-stopper bug and further delays cannot be excluded.
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