You want to know if there is an upgrade path?
I think it will be a reinstall as there is no manpower to focus on an upgrade.
But it is possible to do it, but it is a bit of a hassle and you are a bit on your own.
My question wasn't so much about _if_ there is an upgrade path (because I know there isn't right now). It was more about is there a desire or intention to offer an upgrade path from 8.10, or will 8.10 be a frozen point in time implementation, and that all hands will be on deck working on a _clean_ 10.04 based install.
I'm just interested in knowing what the intentions are of the core devs, so I can work on some stuff that could be used in 8.10, but will more likely come to fruition in 10.04. But there's no point in working on 8.10 if the core devs want a clean break from the legacy OS to head off application stack issues, for example. I'm running my LMCE in a hybrid virtualized/physical test environment, so it's no skin off my nose to blow it away and rebuild on 10.04 if there's no intention of offering an in-place upgrade path. I also don't want to waste the devs time by filing bug reports/patches that they may have no intention of addressing.
Thanks for your time!