Steve Langasek has now reported that they have now frozen their beta version of Ubuntu 8.10, and is ready to relase it next week.
If you're curious on what bugs they're focusing on, you can check the list here
Some of the new features in Intrepid:
Totem BBC plugin
PAM authentication framework
"Last successful boot" recovery entry
Network Manager 0.7
Encrypted private directory
Linux kernel 2.6.27
Go here to see the whole list and for more information.
Well, check out an ibex here.