Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala is just around the corner, due for a release next month. If that doesn’t excite you enough, then take a look at the release schedule for the version that comes after it Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, which will be a Long Term Support Release, providing three years of updates for desktops and five years of updates for servers.
Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) Release Schedule
December 3rd, 2009 Alpha 1 release
January 7th, 2010 Alpha 2 release
February 4th, 2010 Alpha 3 release
March 4th, 2010 Beta 1 release
April 1st, 2010 Beta 2 release
April 15th, 2010 Release Candidate
April 29th, 2010 Final release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
For a further detailed Roadmap with Kernel Freezes and dates of testing and developers summits, check out the schedule on the Ubuntu Wiki.
Thanks to the guys at Ubuntu Geek for bringing this to our attention!