Ken Smith wrote to the freebsd-stable mailing list that FreeBSD 8.1 is scheduled to be released on 9 July 2010:
For those of you who are wondering when 8.1-RELEASE might arrive, we have discussed it and come up with the initial target schedule. The highlights are: Freeze May 24th, 2010 BETA1 May 28th, 2010 RC1 June 11th, 2010 RC2 June 25th, 2010 RELEASE July 9th, 2010 As usual, that's subject to change but it's at least our current target.
As most of you will know, PC-BSD’s release cycle is closely linked to FreeBSD’s, so we will see PC-BSD 8.1 arrive (shortly) after that date.
The next 8-Stable PC-BSD snapshot is now available at the usual place:
This version fixes numerous issues with partitioning, switches us to using gpart for pretty much everything, and also adds the ability to delete slices / create new slices on MBR setups. It also has some enhancements to the PC-BSD boot-loader splash screen, which allows us to set a variety of boot options.
We need volunteers to test the further improved PC-BSD Installer.
The PC-BSD 8.0 installer is so good that some use it now to install FreeBSD:
So today, I need to install FreeBSD clean in a VM for testing. I thought, I am going to use the PCBSD 8 install disk because it is faster.
I am sorry, but I am a Sysinstall hater.
Thanks PC-BSD for the much faster installer. (source)