In a good way. Ubuntu 9.10 is scheduled for release in October of this year, and will include the Amazon EC2 API. This will allow anyone to have a cloud using all OpenSource raw materials.
And it will be energy savvy. From Mark Shuttleworth:
What if you want to build an EC2-style cloud of your own? … The Eucalyptus project, from UCSB, enables you to create an EC2-style cloud in your own data center, on your own hardware. … A savvy Koala knows that the best way to conserve energy is to go to sleep, and these days even servers can suspend and resume, so imagine if we could make it possible to build a cloud computing facility that drops its energy use virtually to zero by napping in the midday heat, and waking up when there’s work to be done. No need to drink at the energy fountain when there’s nothing going on. If we get all of this right, our Koala will help take the edge off the bear market.
The Koala version of Ubuntu will also have a desktop redesign. The startup system will likely be modified partly to make it look better but also to speed up booting (which is already pretty fast compared, say, to Windoze).
The color of the desktop may be changed from Ubuntu Brown to some other color. To which I object. I like the brown.