When will Ubuntu 10.10 get a name?
As the Ubuntu Community is gearing up for the release of Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx, there are those, myself included, who are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the code name of Ubuntu 10.10?
I went looking around the wiki's to see what I could find out about how each release gets it's name. I found a great Development Code Names wiki. Here's what I found out.
What do the numbers and names mean?
The official name of an Ubuntu release is Ubuntu followed by the 2 digit Year designation [DOT] followed by the 2 digit Month designation. For example Ubuntu 10.04 is scheduled to be released in April 2010, hence 4 for 2004 and 10 for October. The development codename of a release takes the form "Adjective Animal" and in general, people refer to the release using the adjective, like "warty".
What are the Ubuntu release names, code names and release dates to date?
|Ubuntu 4.10||Warty Warthog||2004-10-20|
|Ubuntu 5.04||Hoary Hedgehog||2005-04-08|
|Ubuntu 5.10||Breezy Badger||2005-10-13|
|Ubuntu 6.06 LTS||Dapper Drake||2006-06-01|
|Ubuntu 6.10||Edgy Eft||2006-10-26|
|Ubuntu 7.04||Feisty Fawn||2007-04-19|
|Ubuntu 7.10||Gutsy Gibbon||2007-10-18|
|Ubuntu 8.04 LTS||Hardy Heron||2008-04-24|
|Ubuntu 8.10||Intrepid Ibex||2008-10-30|
|Ubuntu 9.04||Jaunty Jackalope||2009-04-23|
|Ubuntu 9.10||Karmic Koala||2009-10-29|
|Ubuntu 10.04 LTS||Lucid Lynx||2010-04-29|
How did this naming scheme come about?
According to the wiki Mark Shuttleworth said the following with regard to where the naming scheme originally came from:
So, what's with the "Funky Fairy" naming system? Many sensible people have wondered why we chose this naming scheme. It came about as a joke on a ferry between Circular Quay and somewhere else, in Sydney, Australia:
lifeless: how long before we make a first release?
sabdfl: it would need to be punchy. six months max.
lifeless: six months! thats not a lot of time for polish.
sabdfl: so we'll have to nickname it the warty warthog release.
And voila, the name stuck. The first mailing list for the Ubuntu team was called "warthogs", and we used to hang out on #warthogs onirc.freenode.net. For subsequent releases we wanted to stick with the "hog" names, so we had Hoary Hedgehog, and Grumpy Groundhog. But "Grumpy" just didn't sound right, for a release that was looking really good, and had fantastic community participation. So we looked around and came up with "Breezy Badger". We will still use "Grumpy Groundhog", but those plans are still a surprise to be announced... For those of you who think the chosen names could be improved, you might be relieved to know that the "Breezy Badger" was originally going to be the "Bendy Badger" (I still think that rocked). There were others... 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.
[Of Note lifeless is Robert Collins and sabdfl is Mark Shuttleworth.]
Can the Ubuntu Community make suggestions on what the name should be?
According to the wiki page there is an area where community can suggest what the code names of each release should be. The wiki is also careful to point out that this is NOT a competition but a way for community can work together and offer insight to what they would like to see.
So visit the Developer Code Name wiki and see if the name you would like to see for the --M release and beyond is there if not make a suggestion. In the meantime I am really looking forward to hearing what the code name for -M will be as well as the really great reason for why it was picked.
What is your suggestion for the Ubuntu 10.10 code name -- let me know via comments here or just drop me an email: amber [AT] ubuntu-user [DOT] com.
The above image is by Olivia Galbraith and is available for download @ https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/Karmic/Backgrounds/Extra_Abstract