Here you'll find a list of common terms and definitions that are used within the FreeBSD project, community and by its members.
Acronym: Application Binary Interface.
ABI compatibility is maintained (not changed) within FreeBSD major versions.
See Also: Local
Acronym: Call For Testing.
A call to action for the community to test something. Used on mailing lists, IRC, forums, Twitter and other communication channels.
A test build of all ports run by portmgr using a specific proposed changeset or patch(es). Used to QA changes with large potential for regression/impact.
Linux compatibility layer in base that can run unmodified (native) Linux binaries.
Also known as: lemul (Linux Emulation).
More Information: Linuxulator
Everything that is installed separately, in addition to or after, and that is not, Base. In a nutshell, Ports and Packages. FreeBSD has a fairly strict separation of Base and Local, with base installed in / and Local installed (by default) in /usr/local, also known as LOCALBASE.
Acronym: Merge From Current.
Merging or back-porting a base commit from CURRENT (main/base/HEAD) to another, usually lower, FreeBSD version branch. Can be seen in commit log messages.
Example: MFC: After 2 weeks
Acronym: Merge From HEAD.
Merging or back-porting a ports commit from HEAD (main) to another (usually quarterly) ports branch. Can be seen in commit log messages.
Example: MFH: 2020Q4
A "pre-built" port containing compiled (binary) software artifacts, executables, libraries and documentation, usually in tbz or txz archives. Analogous to Debian 'packages'. These are the things you get (from package repositories) when you pkg install <package name>.
Acronym: Merge From Vendor.
Merging code from an external, upstream vendor repository into FreeBSD. Usually done with software that lives in src: contrib
Project code review system, used for discussion and review of proposed changes to repositories. Sometimes referred to as Phab.
More Information: Phabricator
Recipes for automatically installing third-party software. Binary packages are produced from ports. Analogous to Debian source packages. Ports can be obtained and updated via portsnap or git
More Information: Ports
See also: Poudriere GitHub Repository
Acronym: Problem Report.
An issue/bug report in Bugzilla. Seen in commit log messages to refer to an issue being worked on or resolved. When referenced in a commit log message, that commit log message is added to the issue as a comment.
Example: PR: 346543
More Information: Bugzilla
Acronym: Pull Request.
Ports repository branches created every 3 months (quarterly).
See Also: Ports/QuarterlyBranch
Label given to versions of FreeBSD (src) in stable/* repository branches.
Means ABI stable, within that branch, not the common or dictionary meaning.
See Also: CURRENT