Let's see how many Planet Debian posts in a row we can get about the fact that sarge is released! Yeah! ;)
I've already been personally congratulated a number of times today on the release, and I know the other members of the release team have also been congratulated. This feels awkward to me, because even though I've certainly put in long hours trying to pull this together (and hold it together), this is a community effort: the release team cannot and does not do this alone. There are many other teams involved in achieving a Debian release, and all the release schedule frustrations and eventual triumphs :) happen in a much larger context than that of "the release team".
So when congratulating the people responsible for the release of this latest iteration of Debian's high-quality, free operating system, don't forget to congratulate and thank the FTP team, for their behind-the-scenes work keeping the system running that makes development possible; the documentation team, for their fine work on the sarge installation manual and the (somewhat hurried :) release notes; the CD team and mirror team, for the long hours they put in this weekend to get our official distribution channels in shape; the installation team, for the flexible new Debian-Installer; the porters, some of whom had to fight last minute buildd outages (naturally ;) to get those last few bugs fixed; and some other teams too that aren't unimportant to the process just because I'm in too much of a daze to acknowledge them here.
And thanks to the many maintainers, bug fixers, translators and documentors who have helped to make sarge a distribution worth releasing.
Sarge is once again proof that communities can do great things — even communities of irritable, cantankerous, grudge-holding, flaming Free Software nuts. ;)