It has been a while and things are still looking good for the LTS. There has been a lot of updates and no real breakage! So far this is the best Ubuntu development cycle I have seen.
So far there is no working Plymouth for nvidea users but at least there is not a screen full of error messages and the system boots so quick that Plymouth would not be displaying very long anyway. The boot experience has been given priority and I am sure this will be fixed long before the final release. I see the crash report icon appearing from time to time for no apparent reason but it does not really hurt anything, it is just a minor annoyance and it is being worked on.
I saw some ubiquity updates that address the install issues that have been in recent daily builds. I tested the updates and they do fix the daily builds to where they will install again. The removal of HAL in favour of Device Kit seems to be working out well and things are being fine tuned to accommodate this change. There is currently a lot of buzz about Firefox 3.6 and I think it is nothing more than people being impatient for it's arrival. The new Firefox is coming but the developers are looking at ways to keep Firefox up to date for future upgrades and I really don't mind waiting with this type of change being considered.
There are not currently very many bugs considering the development status of most of the packages included by default. Gnome development still has a ways to go before 2.30.0 goes gold and the bugs that are present are nothing more than minor annoyances right now. I see fewer graphics card issues than I have seen in the past and even the open source drivers have made some headway and that is encouraging! There is still three months of development remaining and a lot will happen in that time but I would like to see the base for our LTS release in good shape for a change. I have added to a couple of bug reports so far and they seem to be organising the bug reports better than in the past.
If you are testing and would like Ubuntu to look a little more elegant then this might interest you.http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/1595/screenshotmi.png
The wallpaper is semi transparent and I just set the background to bright orange to give it the color you see in the screen shot. Here is where I found the wallpaper, eightmillion is the creator of this, just scroll down until you see his post.http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=978038&page=3
My biggest complaint about testing Ubuntu development builds is having to look at the ugly default artwork, the wallpaper I mention actually makes the defaults look nice. I mentioned this in the Ubuntu development forum but you can bet it will not even get the slightest bit of consideration, if it was hideous they would be all over it.
Edit: I just saw where Firefox will be bundled with the dependencies. Firefox updates are going to be much better than we have seen in the past.