Ars Technica reports that some system builders will offer Windows 7 computers earlier than October 22 General Availability, as early as October 13, with Microsoft blessing the early release.
That is great for folks who are eagerly waiting for the next MS operating system.
Of course, I am all for it. I have mine, and I want a few more early adapter test pilots to run W7 through its paces. I'm well into my third month, and enjoying it immensely.