"For the few years that I've been reading software news
and reading about new Ubuntu releases, I don't think I've ever seen
one that's generated as much talk and/or hype as version 10.10
"Maverick Meerkat"; this is rather anticlimactic as well
considering that this version isn't close to as revolutionary as
version 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" was (versus 9.10 "Karmic Koala").
But aside from that, a new Ubuntu version means a new version of my
favorite and current distribution, Linux Mint, is just around the
" Although the developers have a policy of "releasing it when
it's ready", they are pretty good about releasing the main GNOME
version not more than a few weeks after the corresponding Ubuntu
release. This is no different, because only a week after the
release of Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat", a release candidate
(hence the "RC" in the title) of Linux Mint 10 "Julia" GNOME has
been let out for the world to see. (Isn't it a coincidence that
this release of Linux Mint also happens to be version 10?) Unlike
what "Maverick Meerkat" was to "Lucid Lynx", "Julia" plans to be
more revolutionary compared to version 9 LTS "Isadora".
"The biggest change, of course, is the theme. The developers and
contributing artists have created a new theme that mixes a green
Elementary icon set with the also very popular Faenza icon set; the
GTK+ theme is also a modified version of the Elementary theme, with
brushed metal window decorations and slick black icons."