Jimmy was again cornered today in IRC and when asked about the Search Wikia project and a possbile launch date he responded with the following:
[15:14] <jwales> the search engine *will* launch before the end of the year, probably in private beta first, and then open to the public in early january. No specific dates are certain yet. But sooon.
well there we go then, maybe we will see a launch date in December, as previously mentioned , just not the whole thing.