Kudos to the release team for getting this release out. I wasn't waiting on the edge of my seat of course, Gentooers don't need releases to stay up to date. But I do know a few people starting Linux who specifically didn't install Gentoo because the install CD was so old. You don't need a Gentoo liveCD to install Gentoo (I don't even think I have one in my house) but most people don't know that, and appearances can be deceiving / first impressions can be important / etc.
I just read about a problem that John Alberts mentioned having when updating his profile to 2008.0. I had the same problem with the "releases" folder not being synced properly, causing all kinds of mess. I though perhaps I was the only one but I guess it was more widespread. Another sync cleared it up though. I imagine (I hope) the problem is fixed on all the mirrors by now.
I was curious about what the new profile consisted of so I started reading a few files. Did you ever wonder if Gentoo devs know what they're doing? According to
# As much as it pains me, we hope that developers know what they're doing.
I can rest easy now.