The Linux Mint development team has decided to move the next version of the popular open source platform to the Gnome 3 desktop environment.
In a blog post, the Linux Mint team said it believes that Gnome 3 is the future of Linux Mint, but it also recognises that it is a huge plan to execute. Therefore, in order to ease the transition, they have provided some measures to make the whole plan easier for users.
The team said that it loved the current Gnome 2.32 desktop, which ships with Linux Mint 11, but said that it was necessary for them to adopt new technologies if they wanted to see Linux Mint progress.
The team also stated that it was on the verge of replacing Ubuntu as the top most Linux distro and said it would happen soon.
"As much as we'd like to keep Gnome 2.32 a little while longer, we need to look forward and embrace new technologies," the Linux Mint team wrote.
"This doesn't mean we need to change the way people use their desktops, not at all, it means we need to try and do our best for people to feel at home again, but on top of a brand new base, a new layer of technology, one that is actively supported upstream and that can be maintained properly going forward," it added.