Screenshot of Upcoming Releases on Distrowatch, 27-10-2008Last quarter of this year seems to be the best time for Linux Desktop (though not Year of Linux Desktop) with grand releases such as Mandriva 2009, and upcoming releases such as PCLinuxOS 2009, Mepis 8 (both have already released betas, finals may be anytime soon), DreamLinux 3.5, Ubuntu 8.10, Fedora 10 and OpenSuSe 11.1.
Most of these releases are going to make a big leap to Linux Kernel 2.6.27.x and Xorg 1.5.x, and apps such as OpenOffice 3.0.x, Firefox 3.x.x, and many things.
I have tested betas of DreamLinux 3.5, PCLinuxOS 2009 and Mepis 8. While PCLinuxOS is making a steady move as before, Mepis is making drastic moves forward. But the best thing is none are moving to KDE 4.x.x. That means both are standing tall as the leading desktop oriented distros. Fedora, OpenSuSe and Mandriva have plunged into KDE4 with some obvious tradeoff in usability and features.