I’d like to quickly congratulate the uDig developers team for releasing the newest version of uDig. uDig 1.1 has a venerable history. Quite a venerable history, as releases go. In fact, I think uDig might be in line for some kind of Guinness-style award for having the most release candidates (with 14 RCs and even 3 Sanity Checks). I certainly don’t mean this as a dig (sorry, couldn’t help myself); it just shows that the team wanted to be sure to release a quality product as free of bugs as possible. That said, the GeoServer team does feel slightly better about our growing number of release candidates (currently at 1.7.0-RC4). No matter. uDig is an excellent desktop GIS product and is a great complement to GeoServer. (I personally have always appreciated its ability to generate SLDs quickly and painlessly.) Go check it out.
**Update: **I’ve been asked off-camera about uDig’s editing capabilities. uDig does in fact follow the WFS-T(ransaction) standard, and is one of the best clients out there for doing so. In this way, one can use uDig to edit features served using GeoServer from the safety of a familiar GUI. That’s big news (shapefiles and other data structures can be rather opaque to edit otherwise) and I think it merits a mention here.