Yoast has a post up discussing some of the Geeky bits in WordPress 2.9.
Thanks to Peter Westwoord’s WordPress Beta Tester plugin, this blog is on the 2.9 development track again, after having been off trunk for a couple of months. That plugin makes it really easy to switch any WordPress install to the development branch, either for the next “point” release (eg. 2.8.6), or the next major version, in this case, 2.9.
It sounds like some interesting features are coming, including native post thumbnail support as well as support for canonical URL tags and the ability to cache wp_remote_get requests.