Google GMail going live?

Kevin Tofel just called my attention to the new link on the google home page (just below the search buttons):


Speculation has been widespread recently that GMail is about to go gold and this is the first I’ve seen of Google soliciting new GMail users without going the invitation route.  Note that if you already have a GMail account set up on your computer you do not see this link.  At least I couldn’t see it on mine until I visited the Google page from a setup without an existing GMail account.