In the pas few years, Ivan Voras kept the world up-to-date as to what was brewing for the ‘next’ major FreeBSD release (FreeBSD 7, FreeBSD 8). He’s doing the same for FreeBSD 9.0: What’s cooking for FreeBSD 9
It’s still early to talk about FreeBSD 9.0 release but so far there have been some interesting developments in the systems and a nice core featureset is shaping up. I’m still maintaining the “What’s cooking” page and this post is basically an (incomplete) summary of it at this point in time.
Of course, in addition to these features, there are non-stop modifications to all parts of the system, from drivers for new hardware to overall performance enhancements. (source)
Other ways (though with more technical discussions) to stay up-to-date with FreeBSD’s development are: