Some people expressed some concerns about the fact that we currently have about ~440 bugs in testing, but still hold to our plan of releasing in september 2008. The development of the RC bug graph as seen on bugs.debian.org is in fact not very promising - but using the information the BTS now keeps through version tracking, a more detailed graph can be created. This one in fact shows how nicely we are progressing: The number of long-standing RC bugs is steadily shrinking, while the number of fixed bugs just waiting for transition is increasing. The latter is due to several complex transitions that are stuck (such as the ghc upgrade to 6.8, the suitesparse upgrade or X.org). Anyway, lenny's overall situation is a lot better than the simple RC bug count shows, so try to be positive and start bug-fixing now, for the first Debian release on time!
In other positive news, the first bits of Gnome 2.22 have reached testing, we will switch the default gcc version to 4.3 on this weekend and will start using python2.5 as default python version in the next week. Interesting times!