Thursday, October 04, 2007

Ubuntu: Foretelling the next release code name

Only a couple of weeks until Ubuntu 7.10 aka Gutsy Gibbon to reach its final stage. It's pretty stable so far, some OpenOffice programs don't work, but I expect that to be fixed, as the bugs are already reported.

I made this post because I've noticed something ever since I was expecting Gutsy Gibbon: the code names given have an alphabetical connection. A shot Ubuntu release history follows; First two releases were named Warty Warthog and Hoary Hedgehog, let's say *hogs. Then came Dapper Drake (6.06), the first long-time support release. After that, Edgy Eft (6.10), followed by Feisty Fawn (7.04) and the lovely Gutsy Gibbon (7.10). Also, the next release is announced to be Hardy Heron (8.04), expected in April 2008.

Have you noticed anything since Dapper Drake? Let's make it clearer: Dapper Drake, Edgy Eft, Feisty Fawn, Gutsy Gibbon, Hardy Heron... The code names follow an alphabetic order, from D to H, so logically the next relase code name would be starting from I. Hooray for Itchy Iguana!

Note: No, Itchy Inguana is NOT the next code name, it's a phrase I just made up - I must admit it does sound catchy though!

Edit (after some sanity check): It came out that this was already mentioned:
"For all of our sanity we are going to try to keep these names alphabetical after Breezy. We might skip a few letters, and we'll have to wrap eventually. But the naming convention is here for a while longer, at least. The possibilities are endless. Gregarious Gnu? Antsy Aardvark? Phlegmatic Pheasant? You send 'em, we'll consider 'em."

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