With the next major release of the GNOME desktop scheduled for release next month, each passing day sees more of the code frozen. This is the first iteration since version 2.14 was released in April, which saw extensive improvements in performance. Here is our first look at some of the features in Gnome 2.16.
Ubuntu Edgy Eft will use Gnome 2.16 and will be released in october. Ubuntu will use a different theme than default Gnome 2.16.
a related forum thread about gnome 2.16