While Drupal 7 has been quite long in the making, it's going to be very different from every release before: we have added tests that make sure core works well. (BTW it took quite some time to write so many of them!) This allows the core developers to focus their attention on deeper problems which are much, much harder to fix. Instead of "OMG node preview is broken!" we now contemplate "you know, this new File API is great, but it won't work well with Amazon S3 because..."