Ken Smith has announced the availability of the first release candidate for FreeBSD 8.3, the project’s legacy stable branch: “The first release candidate build of the 8.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, and pc98 architectures. We hope to have one more release candidate build, followed by the release itself. If you notice any problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or here on the -stable mailing list. If you would like to use csup/cvsup mechanisms to do a source-based update of an existing system the branch tag to use is now ‘RELENG_8_3′. If you would like to use SVN instead use ‘releng/8.3′. As part of preparing for RC1 ‘releng/8.3′ was branched. The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64 systems running earlier FreeBSD releases.” Here is the full release announcement.