Glen Barber has announced the availability of the first release candidate for FreeBSD 9.3: “The third RC build of the 9.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures. Changes between 9.3-BETA3 and 9.3-RC1 include: various bug fixes in the hptrr(4) driver; time zone data has been updated to tzdata2014e; handling of the ‘-P’ flag without ‘-p’ or ‘-r’ has been fixed in the daemon(8) utility; a bug in the nvme(4) controller initialization path has been fixed; a bug in the fast receive buffer recycle path has been fixed in the cxgbe(4) driver. Note to consumers of the dvd1.iso image: the version of bsdconfig(8) in the releng/9.3 branch does not yet support pkg(7)-format packages. This is planned to be fixed in -RC2.” See the release announcement for further details. Download: FreeBSD-9.3-RC1-amd64-dvd1.iso (1,709MB, SHA256), FreeBSD-9.3-RC1-i386-dvd1.iso (1,573MB, SHA256).