The final stage of the FreeBSD-8.0 Release cycle continues with the second public beta release. The FreeBSD 8.0-BETA2 ISO images for Tier-1 architectures are now available for download on most of the FreeBSD mirror sites. As with the first beta release, this is not yet intended for use in a production environment. However we encourage our users to test this release and report any bugs and problems you may have found. For more information about this release and updating details please see the official announcement.
The second of the BETA builds for the FreeBSD-8.0 release cycle is now available. There are still a few things being finished up so a couple more moderately large commits are coming but we seem to be making good progress. The target date for the last of the things still being worked on is BETA3. In the meantime we appreciate the feedback we have received from people who have started testing and some of those problems have been fixed as well.
As was the case with BETA1, BETA2 is still a little bit “rough around the edges” and we still have various debugging tools enabled that cause the system to perform worse than it will when those debugging tools get disabled. We don’t know of any issues that will “eat your data” or anything like that so in that regard it’s safe but we don’t recommend it for production use quite yet. If you notice problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or on the freebsd-current mailing list. Sorry for not specifying that in the BETA1 announcement. With the X.0 releases I make the announcements of how the release is
progressing on both freebsd-current and freebsd-stable because what’s being released is “about to become a stable branch” so some people who only read freebsd-stable might be interested. But when it comes to
watching for discussions about the release the developer community tends to pay more attention to the freebsd-current mailing list.
ISO images for all supported architectures are available on the FTP sites, and a “memory stick” image is available for amd64/i386 architectures. For amd64/i386 architectures the DVD and memstick images include the documentation packages this time but no other packages yet. None of the other images included packages. The memstick image should now work in “fixit” mode (livefs). (full message)