Ubuntu 11.04 codename : Natty Narwhal

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Announced today by Mark Shuttleworth that Ubuntu 11.04 codename is: Natty Narwhal.

“allow me to introduce the Natty Narwhal, our mascot for development work that we expect to deliver as Ubuntu 11.04.

The Narwhal, as an Arctic (and somewhat endangered) animal, is a fitting reminder of the fact that we have only one spaceship that can host all of humanity (trust me, a Soyuz won’t do for the long haul to Alpha Centauri). And Ubuntu is all about bringing the generosity of all contributors in this functional commons of code to the widest possible audience, it’s about treating one another with respect, and it’s about being aware of the complexity and diversity of the ecosystems which feed us, clothe us and keep us healthy. Being a natty narwhal, of course, means we have some obligation to put our best foot forward. First impressions count, lasting impressions count more, so let’s make both and make them favourable.” Mark says.

This release is the 14th for Ubuntu since 2004.

Release Naming Scheme

The official name of an Ubuntu release is “Ubuntu X.YY” with X representing the year (minus 2000) and YY representing the month of eventual release within in that year. Ubuntu’s first release, made in 2004 October (10th month) was Ubuntu 4.10. Since the actual release date is not known until it’s ready and humans tend to prefer names rather than numbers, a set of codenames are used by developers and testers during the buildup to a release:

Adjective

Animal

Version

Description

Warty

Warthog

4.10

The first “hog”

Hoary

Hedgehog

5.04

Meaning “covered with hair”, or “mature/old/wise”

Breezy

Badger

5.10

was going to be “Bendy Badger”… 

Dapper

Drake

6.06

Polished, with 5 years of support!

Edgy

Eft

6.10

Fire up the crackpipes! (?!)

Feisty

Fawn

7.04

Courage and restlessness

Gutsy

Gibbon

7.10

Go Ape!

Hardy

Heron

8.04

Hardy Heron with 5 years of support! Most people wanted Happy/Hungry Hippo 

Intrepid

Ibex

8.10

Released October 2008

Jaunty

Jackalope

9.04

Released April 2009

Karmic

Koala

9.10

Released October 2009

Lucid

Lynx

10.04

clear minded thoughtful predator

Maverick

Meerkat

10.10

sabdfl: Meerkats are light, fast and social – everything we want in a Perfect 10

Note that the development codename of a release takes the form “Adjective Animal”.

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