One very important point which I forgot to mention is when we branch.
I see the need to branch as soon as possible, because otherwise we're telling people to hold off on committing useful things.
On the other hand, I think the tree is currently too filled with small bugs for us to branch, because that would mean that trivial bugs were likely to get chased and fixed multiple times, making merge annoying and hard.
So I'm hoping that within 2-3 weeks we'll have shaken enough bugs out to meaningfully branch. Maybe sooner if we're good.
But I'm in no way religious about the branch point, so if you disagree, let's have the discussion, and we'll have the OCT make the final call.