Ken Smith mengumumkan ketersediaan rilis beta pertama FreeBSD 8.1:
The first of the test builds for the FreeBSD 8.1 release cycle is now available for amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, pc98, and sparc64 architectures. Files suitable for creating installation media or doing FTP based installs through the network should be on most of the FreeBSD mirror sites by now. The ISO images for this build do not include packages other than the docs. For amd64 and i386 ‘memstick’ images are also available that can be copied to a USB ‘memory stick’ (also called ‘thumb drive’) and used for installs on machines that support booting from that type of media. If you are updating an already running machine the CVS branch tag is RELENG_8, or if you prefer SVN use ‘stable/8’.
Anda bisa membaca pengumuman rilis untuk detail tambahan dan instruksi upgrade.