The first public test build of the FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE test cycle is now available, 8.0-BETA1.  Through the next week or so more information about the release will be posted but here is the current target schedule for the other ‘major events’:

  • BETA2: July 13, 2009
  • BETA3: July 20, 2009
  • RC1: July 27, 2009
  • RC2: August 17, 2009
  • RELEASE:August 31, 2009

People with the resources to do so (test machines…) are encouraged to give 8.0-BETA1 a try.  At this point it is not quite ready for production systems but mostly because there is still some ongoing work in a few areas that may cause some changes in things like ABI/API. Debugging support (WITNESS, malloc debugging, etc.) are also still turned on and those tend to cause a performance hit.  As far as we know there are no known issues that would cause data corruption or anything like that, just the issues with performance and potential for changes caused by ongoing work.  If you find problems they can be reported through the normal Gnats based PR system or posted to the mailing lists.

More details van MD5 checksums can be found on the release statement

The future release dates of FreeBSD 8.0 can be found on the BSD Calender on