"Ubuntu 10.10, codenamed Maverick Meerkat, is still two
months from its final release. However, if the first alpha and the
forecasts about it are an accurate indication, the release is
already taking on a character all its own.
"Specifically, Maverick may be the release in which the Ubuntu
version of GNOME differs from generic GNOME to the point where it
should be recognized as a separate desktop -- call it Ubuntu
"Of course, at this point, the character of the release could
change. If you look at the blueprints for the release, you will
notice that many features are incomplete, or still to be
implemented at all. Still, the fact that many of the visible
desktop changes are among the first implemented may suggest the
emphasis that Ubuntu places upon them (although the ease of
implementation or the enthusiasm of the developers may be factors,
as well.) At any rate, this is a change that has been coming for at
least a year, and in Maverick it is starting to become noticeable.
Although all the changes in Maverick do not contribute to this
impression, many do."