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FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE Announcement

Date: March 23, 2010

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE. This is the fourth release from the 7-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 7.2 and introduces a few new features. There will be one more release from this branch to allow future improvements to be made available in the 7-STABLE branch but at this point most developers are focused on 8-STABLE.

Some of the highlights:

  • ZFS updated to version 13

  • new boot loader gptzfsboot supports GPT and ZFS

  • hwpmc(4) enhancements including support for Core2/i7 processor and pmcannotate(8)

  • new mfiutil and mptutil tools for widely used RAID controllers

  • NULL pointer vulnerability mitigation

  • bind updated to 9.4-ESV

  • Gnome updated to 2.28.2

  • KDE updated to 4.3.5

  • Perl updated to 5.10

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:


FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE is now available for the amd64, i386, pc98, and sparc64 architectures.

FreeBSD 7.3 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 amd64 and i386.

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

The purpose of the images provided as part of the release are as follows:


This contains everything necessary to install the base FreeBSD operating system, a collection of pre-built packages, and the documentation. It also supports booting into a "livefs" based rescue mode. This should be all you need if you can burn and use DVD-sized media.


This contains the base FreeBSD operating system and the xorg packages for CDROM-sized media. There are no other packages on this image but there are more packages (mostly Gnome and KDE) on the disc2 and disc3 images. If you choose to install packages post-install you should just need disc1, you only need disc2/disc3 if you want to install Gnome or KDE during install.


This contains support for booting into a "livefs" based rescue mode but does not support doing an install from the CD itself. It is meant to help rescue an existing system but could be used to do a network based install if necessary.


This supports booting a machine using the CDROM drive but does not contain the support for installing FreeBSD from the CD itself. You would need to perform a network based install (e.g. from an FTP server) after booting from the CD.

FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE can also be purchased on CD-ROM or DVD from several vendors. One of the vendors that will be offering FreeBSD 7.3-based products is:


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


At the time of this announcement the following FTP sites have FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE available.

However before trying these sites please check your regional mirror(s) first by going to:

  • ftp://ftp.<yourdomain>

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:

Updates from Source

The procedure for doing a source code based update is described in the FreeBSD Handbook:

The branch tag to use for updating the source is RELENG_7_3.

FreeBSD Update

The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64 systems running earlier FreeBSD releases. Systems running 7.[012]-RELEASE, 7.3-BETA1, or 7.3-RC[12] can upgrade as follows:

# freebsd-update upgrade -r 7.3-RELEASE

During this process, FreeBSD Update may ask the user to help by merging some configuration files or by confirming that the automatically performed merging was done correctly.

# freebsd-update install

The system must be rebooted with the newly installed kernel before continuing.

# shutdown -r now

After rebooting, freebsd-update needs to be run again to install the new userland components, and the system needs to be rebooted again:

# freebsd-update install
# shutdown -r now

Users of earlier FreeBSD releases (FreeBSD 6.x) can also use freebsd-update to upgrade to FreeBSD 7.3, but will be prompted to rebuild all third-party applications (e.g., anything installed from the ports tree) after the second invocation of "freebsd-update install", in order to handle differences in the system libraries between FreeBSD 6.x and FreeBSD 7.x.


The FreeBSD Security Team currently plans to support FreeBSD 7.3 until March 31st 2012. Users of FreeBSD 7.2 are strongly encouraged to upgrade to either FreeBSD 7.3 or FreeBSD 8.0 before the FreeBSD 7.2 End of Life on June 30th 2010. For more information on the Security Team and their support of the various FreeBSD branches see:


Many companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to support the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 7.3 including The FreeBSD Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo!, NetApp, Internet Systems Consortium, iXsystems, and Sentex Communications.

The release engineering team for 7.3-RELEASE includes:

Ken Smith <> Release Engineering, amd64, i386, sparc64 Release Building, Mirror Site Coordination
Robert Watson <> Release Engineering, Security
Konstantin Belousov <> Release Engineering
Marc Fonvieille <> Release Engineering, Documentation
Hiroki Sato <> Release Engineering, Documentation
Bjoern Zeeb <> Release Engineering
Takahashi Yoshihiro <> PC98 Release Building
Joe Marcus Clarke <> Package Building
Erwin Lansing <> Package Building
Mark Linimon <> Package Building
Pav Lucistnik <> Package Building
Ion-Mihai Tetcu <> Package Building
Martin Wilke <> Package Building
Colin Percival <> Security Officer


FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.

ISO Image Checksums

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