Ubuntu Linux 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) is due to be released on Thursday, 30 October. As they have hit every scheduled release data for Alpha, Beta and Release Candidates in this cycle, I'm quite sure that they will hit this one as well. I have been running it since the Alpha-4 release, first as a temporary installation in an extra partition, only for testing and problem reporting, and then since Alpha-6 as my only Ubuntu installation.
As with every new Ubuntu release (and Mandriva release, of course), it is obvious that a lot of hard work has gone into it, and it is a significant improvement over the previous (already excellent) release. The focus this time has been on mobile features, which fits very well with my using it primarily on my laptop computers. Tomorrow I will describe some of the major improvements in mobile support that I have seen on my laptops. Then, Thursday is the release day! It's going to be a good week.