If you're interested in how Ubuntu gets developed and the decisions that are being made when a new release is begun, you might want to log into one of the live audio streams from UDS in Mountain View this week. Sessions will be running Monday - Friday (12/8 - 12/12) from 12pm - 9pm Eastern.

Find out more: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UDSJaunty
See the schedule: http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-jaunty/2008-12-08/
Listen in to the discussions: http://icecast.ubuntu.com/