Mary Beth Raven updates on expectations for Lotusphere:
I do want to let you all know that, to my knowledge, there are no plans to distribute CDs for a public beta at Lotusphere.
I do not want folks being disappointed.
IBM hasn't said we'd have one available at Lotusphere.
You will, however, be able to see and use a recent build of Hannover in the Meet the Developer lab, in our User experience lab, and elsewhere.
Public beta for Notes/Domino 8 is planned for later this quarter, but as Mary Beth indicates, isn't going to be ready at Lotusphere. I agree, better that you know now...