Well there are a lot of things to please everybody.
The colors in the terminal are slightly changed and look a little bit more elegant. And when you use sudo the terminal not only asks for a password but makes its clear which password it asks for. This is a nice touch. For instance sudo dhclient used to say “Password:”, and it now says “[sudo] password for clem:”.
NTFS works out of the box via fstab so we don’t need mintDisk or NTFS-Config anymore.
Restricted Manager was massively improved and should handle a lot more hardware than before. Broadcom wireless cards should also be supported.
The installer installs security updates. Although this won’t be activated in Linux Mint it’s a nice feature for Ubuntu users.
Compiz Fusion is installed by default and will come with its configuration tool in Daryna.
Additional tools and gadgets were added such as Tracker, a fast-user switching applet, synchronization in tomboy notes (thumbs up to Tomboy for this excellent new feature by the way).
The new package base gives users access to a lot of new software: Thunderbird 2.0, OpenOffice 2.3, Gnome 2.20, kernel 2.6.22 etc..
With strong innovations from various project, the excellent work made by Ubuntu on Gutsy, the new mintUpdate and a strong Celena base Daryna looks very promising.