We've got just under two months until the final release, so it's not yet time for my "here is the stuff that I think is most exciting and why you should care about it" essay.
But I do want to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work that has gone into Fedora 8 so far. For what was initially thought to be a quick release cycle and more or less a "let the dust settle" kind of release, the Test2 release notes show that it is anything but that.
We have the same set of spins that were released for Fedora 7 -- the GNOME and KDE spins. Additionally, Fedora 8 Test 2 previews two new spins being worked on: one for software developers and one for folks who are working on electronics.
Many of the proposed features have landed in this test release, so this is the opportunity for all the early adopters out there to file bugs, give us feedback, and help us make Test3 and the final release as solid as possible.
I would particularly like to give some public thanks to John Poelstra whose leadership with regard to the feature process, schedule process, and overall technical expertise has really made a difference in this release, and also made my own job a whole lot less stressful. I believe that John has also just become a new dad, so congratulations to him and his family. Zod is an excellent name, I hear.