I really don't know what the big deal is. I get pre-releases of all kinds of big name commercial software all the time. You'd think I'd be pretty blasée about that kind of thing by now.
Anyway, I got a fix build. The original problems were fixed, but halo regression showed other areas that still showed the same symptoms. I got a second fix build and halo regression cases all passed.
Look for </a></b></a>semagic 18.104.22.168 soon. =)