Yes they did ship one out a couple of days ago.
The next several will go to some of the experts who helped consult on the design/workflow of the machine. If they return positive feedback then shipping will commence on the first 300. Probably sometime in March.
If the consultants find problems, then those will be corrected and then the shipping date reevaluated. They are continuing to build machines after CNY even before the feedback comes back with the assumption that corrections will be minor and/or software related.
John and his crew have worked pretty tirelessly and used every available resource to get this endeavor off the ground. He's an intelligent person, as are all of his crew that I have met. They aren't loafing around while they sit on people's deposit money, but unforeseen issues have come up.
"Shipping date slippage" (is that a legit term?) happens in all industries and with companies a lot larger than Decent. John's desire to build the machines the right way vs. just get them out the door is one of the reasons I'm so excited about these machines.
I've pulled some shots on these machines and I can honestly say the amount of control over temperature and pressure/flow is AFAIK unprecedented. I'm excited to see what new insights the enthusiast community discovers, and how we can all push the limits in pursuit of better espresso.