Ryan Carter over at dowloadsquad, posted a blurb about Vista being basically a free upgrade when you buy a computer this holiday season. There are the obvious reason this makes good sense as does the new logo you are seeing on computers (Vista Ready).
I would hope that maybe, just maybe, this would be laying some groundwork to delay the Vista launch until the beta/release candidates provide some additional feedback with more bugs getting fixed.
If you stand up and say, it will ship when it is ready and if you bought a PC from X date onward, the upgrade is included, well, that seems to me to be the stand up/right thing to do.
Okay, I'm awake now.