I am not looking forward to an early release. I hope that they spend time to make quality improvements to the operating system.
I also did not like how the media portrayed Windows Vista as coming out "late", even though no official release date was given by Microsoft until a week before release. So the media speculated the release date and then decided it was late when their own speculation was wrong.
Well, I've heard that sometime next week, Windows Vista SP2 beta is coming, so they might already have SP2 pretty close to release. Vista might also be the last 32bit os, so I want SP2, as I have to run vista on my older laptop, since it's 32bit.