The October release of Ubuntu, named Maverick Meerkat, will see a gamut of changes according to Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu founder and patron.
With the release of Ubuntu's long term supported Lucid Lynx due on 29 April, Shuttleworth said in a blog post that there was plenty of room for a shake up to happen.
The major change likely to occur will be the updating of the desktop from the GNOME 2.x series to GNOME 3.0. In a video detailing plans for the impending Lucid Lynx release, Shuttleworth stated that the GNOME 3.0 series would become the basis for the desktop edition.
"This is a time of change, and we're not afraid to surprise people with a bold move if the opportunity for dramatic improvement presents itself. We want to put Ubuntu and free software on every single consumer PC that ships from a major manufacturer, the ultimate maverick move," Shuttleworth said.
The October 2010 release will also focus on revamping its Netbook Edition interface, bringing social features into applications and increasing browser and boot-time performance.
"For millions of users, Ubuntu represents what Free Software can do out of the box for them. We owe it to everybody who works on Free Software to make that a great experience," he said.