The first, and possibly only, release candidate for WordPress 2.8 is out now. Ryan Boren on the wordpress.org blog thinks that 2.8 is done, and if that is the case then the June 10th release date will hold firm. Get it now.
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.