FreeBSD 12.0-RC2 Release

FreeBSD 12.0-RC2 Release

Linux Distribution

The 12.0-RC2 armv7 RPI2 build failed, and the cause is being  investigated.

Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without
console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of
freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access. Additionally,
the root user password is set to root. It is strongly recommended
to change the password for both users after gaining access to the

FreeBSD 12.0-RC2 Release

Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.

If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
system or on the -stable mailing list.

If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing
system, use the "releng/12.0" branch.

A summary of changes since 12.0-RC1 includes:

o Kernel debugging support in various kernel configurations has been
disabled, which was missed when branching releng/12.0 from stable/12.

o Allow set ether/vlan PCP operation from the VNET jails.

o Align IA32_ARCH_CAP MSR definitions and use with SDM rev. 068.

o Several IFLIB-related fixes.

o Regressions when using 'pciconf -l' were fixed.

o Handle kernel superpage mappings in pmap_remove_l2(). (PR 233088)

o Fix /etc/ntp permissions.

o OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.1.1a.

o Various fixes to libbe(3) and bectl(8).

o A src.conf knob to build userland with retpoline was added (off by

o Various other miscellaneous fixes.

A list of changes since 11.2-RELEASE is available in the releng/12.0
release notes:

Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be
updated on an ongoing basis as the 12.0-RELEASE cycle progresses.

=== Virtual Machine Disk Images ===

VM disk images are available for the amd64 and i386 architectures.
Disk images may be downloaded from the following URL (or any of the
FreeBSD FTP mirrors):

The partition layout is:

~ 16 kB - freebsd-boot GPT partition type (bootfs GPT label)
~ 1 GB  - freebsd-swap GPT partition type (swapfs GPT label)
~ 20 GB - freebsd-ufs GPT partition type (rootfs GPT label)

The disk images are available in QCOW2, VHD, VMDK, and raw disk image
formats. The image download size is approximately 135 MB and 165 MB
respectively (amd64/i386), decompressing to a 21 GB sparse image.

Note regarding arm64/aarch64 virtual machine images: a modified QEMU EFI
loader file is needed for qemu-system-aarch64 to be able to boot the
virtual machine images. See this page for more information:

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