Tested State Of The Art demo and has the same graphics problems as 16r1 - 16r4 unless set to 68000 mode but on my machine it crashes back to desktops all the time and is slow.
you are absolutely right man. we all warned brian to not give out the beta 9 disguised as 0.8.17r1, and give out beta 7 instead (with a version change to 0.8.17r1). luckily, he has finally given in now and diff'd the beta 7 to beta 9 to see what has been fucked up since then.
i hope the revised release can be given out to the public soon.