New release cycle is good
The new release cycle is, without a doubt, a big step forward for Plone. More regular and predictable releases will attract more attention for new features, and more visibility means new potential users. Making a major release last for a while, complemented with periodic upgrade releases, also contributes, ultimately, to a more robust code base.
Now we don’t have to wait for a year, or even more, for a new feature-rich release. There is, obviously, a lot to improve, but Plone-3.1, which includes a set of handy features like new portlets, dependency handling in GenericSetup and more, is already a clear evidence of the new release cycle success.