Ubuntu 11.04 codename : Natty Narwhal
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:
The first “hog”
Meaning “covered with hair”, or “mature/old/wise”
was going to be “Bendy Badger”…
Polished, with 5 years of support!
Fire up the crackpipes! (?!)
Courage and restlessness
Hardy Heron with 5 years of support! Most people wanted Happy/Hungry Hippo
Released October 2008
Released April 2009
Released October 2009
clear minded thoughtful predator
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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