All in all this promises to be the best base we have seen in a long time.
A quick 9.04 beta impression: I tried the Jaunty live cd this morning. (Dell PentD 2.8, 2gig RAM, SamsungWS) All hardware, including screen resolution, and network worked without hiccups. Think the "computer janitor" addition will be popular. Gnome 2.26. OpenOffice 3.01
Boot and shutdown very fast. Still brown, kinda like the default "ripples". At least no lapin avec antlers!
Had no issues and I'm looking forward to the release in about a month.