This was supposed to be documented in the Release Notes, but I don't see it there now.
Due to upstream design decisions, gnome-terminal only runs in a UTF-8 locale, so you'll need to set your LANG=en_US.UTF-8. If it's the sort order you care about in ls output, you can set LC_COLL=C to get that behavior with a UTF-8 LANG. You could also alias ls to 'export LANG=C /bin/ls'.
Thanks Alan! As long as it isn't some mysterious bug to be fixed I'm cool with it.
( I'll be really interested to eventually see why in my other post the info from 'netstat' appears to be wrong )
This should be fixed now in Beta Refresh 2 (188.8.131.52.1.10.0) by forcing a UTF-8 locale in the startup of dbus and gnome-session.
Thanks Alan, appreciate the heads up.