By now I'm sure you've heard that Visual Studio 2008 & the .NET Framework 3.5 shipped on Monday. Good news.
Many of you who have been able to download the release are probably anxious to be able to start stepping through the .NET Reference Source that we announced back in September. The short answer is we're not quite ready yet. But soon, very soon.
The back-end for the system that manages and hosts the source had just recently been finished up, and being Thanksgiving week, we decided against turning it on then having everyone go out of the office for the rest of the week. If something went wrong, it would be very difficult to manage without the right people on site. That's the main factor. We also identified a performance issue very late VS2008 release process as we did broader testing of the end-to-end system. The issue certainly wasn't worth disrupting the VS2008 ship process, so we're also working on releasing a hotfix for that issue shortly as well (it's currently in testing).
Everything else is ready to go, so we're looking to turn this on very soon (we're talking weeks here) so you guys can dig into it. I think you'll all be really happy with how it all hangs together!