Sorry, I read the message as inflammatory if the intention wasn't to criticize I apologize.
For the release - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=ant-dev&m=115399537525696&w=2 a simple google search revealed this message (note 27th July). This code is a release candidate, *not* a final release, and it's currently in testing, so 'beware dragons', caveat emptor etc. :)
Hope that this clears up the problem of trying out the code in the article, and deflates the 'hype' somewhat. Thanks.