What about bugs in 1.9? Known issues?
A lot depends on your OS and the build that you're planning to install. A lot of bugs have been mentioned in threads in the forum so I think it's worth you checking them out.
From personal experience, the amount of bugs was reduced when I moved over from XP to Vista, but the ones that remain are just as bad. My build is OD+ 1.90 (535u) on Vista Business SP2. There is an omnipresent issue with the Weather docklet feed that becomes unavailable and doesn't come back after updating, only restart of OD will bring it back to life. This is the behaviour when using a workaround for the issues that plagued Weather docklet, clearly some still persist. There is an issue with docklets when resuming from Hibernation mode. There is a problem with OD crashing when minimising a window after a fresh OD start. There is an issue with system tray in a tabbed dock sometimes overlaying right-click options of a particular icon. There's a problem of a docklet behaving differently depending on whether it's in a tabbed dock or just a dock. I also have an issue when quite often the recycle bin icon isn't refreshed properly. There's a problem with packaging images because those for system tray are not included. There is a general issue of OD freezing randomly. In addition, rather frequently clicking on an icon doesn't maximise its application to the front, but clicking again minimises it back even though the first part didn't work correctly.
There were more problems on XP, but without having a machine with that OS I can't really speak of them. Make of the above what you will, I certainly hope that SD won't let us down with the next version and I'm sure lots of us are willing to provide bug reports and feedback if given a chance.