FreeBSD 8.1 beta coming soon
The FreeBSD 8.1 code freeze is scheduled for May 24th. A beta release will be publicly available on May 28th. The more testing that can be done by the community, the more bugs that can be worked out before the release.
Currently the official release is scheduled to be available on or after July 9th. 8.1 will be a long term release of the FreeBSD operating system.