Glen Barber has announced the availability of the first beta release of FreeBSD 9.3, the upcoming new update of the project’s legacy branch: “The first beta build of the 9.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures. If you notice problems you can report them through the normal GNATS PR system or on the -stable mailing list. Please note, as the FreeBSD bug tracking system is undergoing maintenance, the PR system may be unavailable. Problem reports submitted during this maintenance period are being queued for later processing. If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing system, use the ‘stable/9’ branch.” Here is the brief release announcement with upgrade information and checksums. Download links: FreeBSD-9.3-BETA1-amd64-disc1.iso (638MB, SHA256), FreeBSD-9.3-BETA1-i386-disc1.iso (581MB, SHA256).