http://arstechnica.com/open-source/...tu-1004-beta-1-is-looking-good-less-brown.ars Most notable is that LL apparently will finally have a new default theme. Seems like a nice progression from the Human theme. Actually, apparently there are two new themes, Ambience and Radience (not sure which one is depicted in Ars Technica's review), and I can't find pictures comparing the two. The theme is still a Gnome theme running (AFAIK) on a fairly similar version of Gnome, so it isn't really an interface overhaul per se, which only comes when Gnome itself is substantially updated (as KDE was a couple of years ago). Ubuntu 10.04 is currently available in beta; it'll be an LTS (long-term solution) version of Ubuntu, meaning that it will receive extended reports (for those less familiar, Ubuntu's release cycle is two releases per year, generally, happening around April and October; releases are numbered by the last two digits of the year -- 10 -- and the month number -- 04).