Ken Smith has announced the availability of the first release candidates for FreeBSD 8.2 and 7.4

The first Release Candidate for the FreeBSD 7.4/8.2 release cycle is now available. For 7.4-RC1 the amd64, i386, pc98, and sparc64 architectures are available, for 8.2-RC1 those architectures plus ia64 and powerpc are available.

Full Announcement: FreeBSD 7.4/8.2-RC1 Available