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FreeBSD Release Model
FreeBSD releases maintained using CVS branches
Head of the tree (-current) is now FreeBSD 6.0
When 4.0 came out, a branch was created for “4-STABLE” and minor releases up to 4.11 happened every 4 months.
These minor releases (4.1, 4.2, etc) consist of bug fixes backported from -CURRENT, and new features in -CURRENT that have been extensively tested
5.0 process was a little different, and was not declared 5-STABLE until 5.3, due to the number of advanced new features and reimplementation of SMP introduced in FreeBSD 5.