After redownloading the live install CD and verifying MD5SUMs, the install still hung at the partitioner stage. So I downloaded the alternative install image and was able to get it to install. Since installing, I haven’t had a single stability issue with it. It’s looking like a nice update to Feisty, but overall I wouldn’t say there is anything really ground breaking about it.
We’re only 15 days away from the final release and I am looking forward to installing it on my laptop to see if video driver issues become of thing of the past.