Under the hood, components include security-enhanced version 2.6.35 of the Linux kernel, GNOME 2.32 and Xorg 7.5. The speedy Adobe Flash "Square" is also part of Julia, as is a new metapackage called "virtualbox-nonfree" that points to the non-open-source version of Oracle's VirtualBox virtualization software and provides USB support.
Finally, for developers and administrators, Julia's Upload Manager has been polished with a raft of new improvements.
Following the debut of its release candidate last month, Linux Mint 10 is now available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions via Torrent and HTTP download. It will be supported through April 2012. The software requires an x86 processor with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of disk space for installation along with a graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution.
I've got Maverick Meerkat running on my main machine, but taking Julia for a lengthier test-drive is going to be one of my weekend projects.
If you're curious about Linux Mint as a user-friendly alternative to Mac or Windows -- or if you're an Ubuntu user who wants to see what Mint is like in light of all the big changes coming down the pike for Canonical's distribution -- there's no better time to give Julia a try.