This release is certainly a great advance over the last one I tried 8.04 IIRC have tried each one since but found that there was always a deal breaker. (wireless or in one case bad support for my graphics).
This time I have even got the system on-line via my mobile broadband USB stick (about 4 hours altogether
mostly research into some minor annoyances) a definite improvement over previous.
Not sure it's ready for the general user yet but it's getting there