Ken Smith has announced the availability of the second beta of FreeBSD 9.0, more than a month later than planned: “The second beta build of the 9.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Note: the location of the FTP install tree and ISOs have changed slightly. What we used for BETA2 reflects a directory structure that would let us fully utilize building and distributing a wider variety of architectures. The new layout does add some extra complexity, so we’re actively discussing whether or not to change the layout from previous releases, and if we do change it whether or not to change it this much. What’s there now can be viewed as an almost ‘worst-case’ scenario. It’s entirely possible we’ll back off and revert to the old layout despite that layout potentially limiting.” There is much more information in the release announcement, including notes on what to test. Download links for the i386 and amd64 ISO images: FreeBSD-9.0-BETA2-i386-dvd1.iso (498MB, SHA256), FreeBSD-9.0-BETA2-amd64-dvd1.iso (607MB, SHA256).