I've seen some more runors going around the web today, this time about developer-related stuff. Time to break out my sleuthing skills and get some answers.
Rumor: Visual Studio 2005 RTM bits will be live tomorrow.
Reality: FALSE. Brian Goldfarb, Product Manager, Web Platform and Tools, said “Bits for Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 will be available as of the worldwide launch event on November 7th, 2005 in San Francisco." That means, don't expect them before that time. Dunno who posted otherwise, but it just isn't true.
Rumor: The .NET Framework 2.0 RTM is available now, and the build number is 2.0.50727.26.
Reality: FALSE. 2.0.50727.26 is the build number for the Visual Studio 2005 / .NET 2.0 Release Candidate, which is available for download right now from MSDN Subscriptions. By definition, an RC build is a build that is still being tested by partners and testers. If everyone signs off on it, that build, plus a few really last minute tweaks if necessary, becomes the final RTM version. According to my sources, there have been more than a handful of builds since then.
Both these rumors started from Ryan Hoffman's misunderstanding of (frankly) bad marketing materials on the ASP.NET "Atlas" website. I was a little confused on this at first glance as well. Microsoft should have worded it "Beta 2 and RC versions" until VS2005 RTMed, and then changed it afterwards.
The reason that there are two different downloads for "Atlas" is due to changes in the Visual Studio Content Installer (an idea whose time was overdue, BTW) between Beta 2 and RC/RTM.
Hope that helps clear up any confusion. All in the days work of a non-journalist ;).
UPDATE: Brian's team updated http://atlas.asp.net to clear up any additional confusion.