Scheduled for an August 16 release, FreeBSD-rc3 has been released today – after a delay of about 10 days.

RC3 is going to be the final release candidate for the 9.2 series. Builds for amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 architectures are available for download from FreeBSD ftp servers. Those who are willing to download and test the distro using memory sticks can do so by downloading respective images from FreeBSD site here.

The final release of FreeBSD 9.2 is expected about a week from today – August 31, and as developers have indicated previously they are right on track with the release cycle. FreeBSD 9.2-rc2 was released about a week back and at the time the developers were confident of releasing the final version on August 31.

The FreeBSD team is already working on version 10 of the distribution but, there is no specific date for its launch yet. Considering the past release patterns of the distribution, we would be placing out bets on a 2014 release.

Some of the features of FreeBSD 10 include support for Bhyve hypervisor support, Raspberry Pi, AMD kernel Mode-setting, improved 802.11n networking stack, ZFS TRIM, LLVM’s Clang compiler to be the default compiler, Intel’s “Bull Mountain” RDRAND CPU instruction set among others.

You can find the FreeBSD 9.2-rc3 release announcement here.