Starting from today, the daily GNU/kFreeBSD debian-installer images 
use a 8.1 kernel and install this version by default. The bonus is that
the console is now in UTF-8, so installation in languages different than
English is now possible.
Please test it on your machine or favorite virtualization software and
report the issues on the mailing list. Please note that ext2 support is
slightly broken (wrong entry in /etc/fstab), it should be fixed in
Aurelien Jarno GPG: 1024D/F1BCDB73