Also I want to work on fixing bugs for beta (I fixed a new bug that would've been an alpha blocker a few days ago) but have felt like we should concentrate on pushing this alpha out the door ... is it time, now?
Having an Oracle server at Collaboraid will be great. Also Dirk, who knows Oracle much better than me (a situation I want to encourage!), has kindly volunteered to look into ripping out the remaining Java code in OpenACS/Oracle so it will run on Oracle/Mac OS X ... that will help several of us in our Oracle bug fixing and development efforts. Well, at least one of us - me! :)