After lots of last minute battles with automake, libtool, and gettext I declated victory and released.
1) libtool-1.4 requires automake-1.4p1. The p1 is important it means that users of debian unstable need to manually install p1 until packages are available.
2) gettext-0.10.37 does not like 8bit characters as strid's for multibyte encodings (ja, ko, zh) I was forced to disable those translations until we can figure out what the expected input encoding is.
Despite these irritations and delays Gnumeric 0.65 was finally released. It should be very solid. Our 3 best bug sleuths were reduced to reporting minor irritations. Now its time to focus on graphs.