Tonight I was able to get the latest version of Ubuntu downloaded (Version 8.10). I was a little surprised I was able to get it since I assumed the servers were would be swamped on the first day. The download was a little slower than usual, but I was able to get it!
I installed it on a test machine, and right away I noticed the snazzy new wallpaper. A lot of people complain about the ubu-brown themes that ubuntu uses, but the elephant skin-like backgrounds will always be my favorite.
The install went pretty much the same as 8.04. One change was that there is now a graphic that shows your before and after disk partitions. This was a helpful feature, especially if you plan on dual booting. Do people still do that? Virtual Desktops like the one provided by VMware pretty much negate the need for dual booting anways. Anyway, so far so good with the new 8.10. Things are working great as expected.
My test system for this install was a Compaq Presario SR1010Z with 512 MB RAM and a AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+ chugging at 1.8 Ghz, and a nVidia 128 MB GeForce FX 5200 video card. This machine is quite speedy and performs very well with Ubuntu.