I worked through enough of the remaining build bugs (jhbuild makes this rockingly easier) to get a working GNOME 2.1.whatever setup running this morning. Not everything's there yet (I bailed out because I have to go to work) but all the basics are now built.coolness
I also started going through the packages of the proposed additions last night to assess the status of the user docs. It's better than I expected, but we've still got some work to do between now and a Jan. 3 RC1 (yikes!).
I interviewed Craig Venter yesterday. I have the coolest job.