Sorry for following up with this type of nagging on my own post but ...
Mats Lidell writes:
It would be great if we could get at least some of the updated
packages as pre-releases. I'm in particular interested in getting the
latest ede package released since that would make it possible for me
to close a security related bug in gentoo.
... a month(!?) has past since I posted and I did not notice any response so I
just want to bring this to your attention again before looking into