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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
It seems that finally hitting the FTP mirrors are the ISO images for the first FreeBSD 9.0 beta. This is the first dramatic update to the FreeBSD operating system in nearly two years since the FreeBSD 8.0 release. FreeBSD 9.0 is officially expected to be released in September.
Per the FreeBSD 9.0 release process, the first beta snapshot was expected to be out on the 20th of July. More than a week later, the ISO images for the various architectures are now being found on mirrors (e.g. here), but no official release announcement for FreeBSD 9.0-BETA1 has yet been found.