While it's frightening to go out on a limb with a fringe statement like this (heck, even Frans goes party line on this one!), I'm willing to stand up and be counted in the Free Whidbey movement (logo to follow).
While it's difficult to find the courage to agree with everyone who thinks of Whidbey as a software project rather than an island, I fall back to simple statistics. SQL Server is an 8.0 release, so a new version number will only give us a 12.5% upgrade. Moving from VS.NET 1.1 to 2.0 will give us a whopping 81% upgrade!
Joking aside, SQL Server is a mature product. The new features will be nice, but I don't have to jump through hoops to get my work done with it as is. Whidbey, on the other hand, will make a huge difference in how I do my work.