There's now a large grin on my face.Visual Studio Orcas Beta 1 is now available for download from here.

That's the Express Editions as individual downloads and Team Suite as a VPC. ISOs for VS Pro, Team Suite and TFS are MSDN Subscription only however.

Charlie Calvert also points out that all the LINQ samples for beta 1 are available here too.

So much for my weekend then.