FreeBSD 8.2 Beta 1 released
The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has released the first beta for version 8.2 and 7.4 of its popular free Unix derivative. The first betas will be followed by two release candidates. The final versions of FreeBSD 7.4 and FreeBSD 8.2 are scheduled for the 24th of January.
According to the developers, the first test builds for the 7.x and 8.x branch point updates are the operating system only and do not include packages other than the docs. USB drive images are provided for 32 and 64-bit systems that support Flash drive booting. As with all development releases, use of the betas in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter.
Further information about the development previews can be found in the official release announcement and on the FreeBSD 7.4 and FreeBSD 8.2 Release Engineering wiki pages. FreeBSD 7.4 Beta 1 and 8.2 Beta 1 are available to download from one of the project's FTP sites. The latest stable release is FreeBSD 8.1 from late July of this year.