I assume it will have to begin with K so I would guess...
Unassuming Ubuntu has announced a new clever creature is coming to its alliterative aggregation of Linux distros. The Jaunty Jackalope is the neat nomenclature for the 9.04 version of Ubuntu Linux, with 9.04 being, in the Ubuntu Y.MM scheme of distro versions, 2009 April. The Jackalope is a mythical cross between a jack …
Either Mr. Mellor has a little trouble with his alphabet, or he's not quite grokked the Ubuntu naming scheme yet. The 9.10 release is rather more likely to be Killer Kingfisher or Kickass Kestrel than anything to do with a pheasant or a groundhog. Personally, I'm looking forward to hacking Zetetic Zebra onto my 5G iPhone so I can play Duke Nukem Forever on it.
Following Ubuntu rules, the names for version 9.10 will begin with K. Not english native, I only could think of koala or kitty for the animal name (NZ kiwi bird maybe?). But plenty of good stuff with them: Killer Kitty, Kooky Koala, Knobby Koala, Kinky Kitty, Karateka Koala, Kingsize Koala. Pick yours ...
> Shuttleworth raises the prospect of Ubuntu becoming a much stronger competitor to Windows and Mac OS in 2009, with several million consumer devices, from netbook to desktop PC running it.
Is he therefore the winner in the annual race to be the first to say '[CurrentYear+1] will be the year of desktop linux'?
I nominate the name Busty Beaver for 9.10.
It has a nice catchy name and it will also help appeal to all the geeks out there who want girlfriends but are afraid of girls.
Before anyone jumps on it 9.11 or 10.0 will be called Lusty Lynx. Then they could use Paris as an icon for the menu button.
When did it begin? We've already had the out-of-sequence "Warty Warthog" and "Hoary Hedgehog", haven't we?
This might provide some inspiration:
I anticipate some modest celebration at The Register when we reach the letter "V"
Were they stuck for animals beginning with 'J' or something? Why make up a (as far as we are aware) mythical creature?
Why not 'Jaunty Jackass'? Does that make the jokes a bit too easy if the release goes 'tits up'? Or maybe it would put people off installing it in the first place for probably obvious reasons?!
AC3> but then J looks to have been a tricky one
Not sure I was all that easy either!
@Paul, yes - K indeed. Code name/number rules are detailed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu, which drops readily out of a Google search with the previous release names in it.
My money's on kyphotic kinkajou ... nah, just kidding ;)
The Ubuntu naming convention features animals found in Africa, so I'm afraid the Kinky Koala will just have to keep its predilections to itself...
Dom's Kudu is probably the most likely candidate, although Kob has a decent chance, Kipunji (a monkey, seems like the only one-word 'K' that isn't an antelope) would be fun if a little obscure, and Klipspringer probably gets ruled out on ugliness of name alone.
Perhaps I'm missing the point?
Two other things while I'm here:
The RAID comment: That's because your laptop isn't doing hardware RAID it's using a driver to do RAID which may only be available for Windows.
Comment on Linux 'nerds' being afraid of girls: I've been married for twenty years, they've got good reason to be afraid of girls, I know I am!
The 8.10 "I" is due next month: Intrepid Ibix, I think it's called.
As for what happens after the 26th distribution (which would make it about 13 years since it first started), I would imagine that (like an alphabetic insulting game), you simply roll over and start again at A, only using new names this time.
>> I really wish they'd stop with this stupid naming scheme.
What 'Ubuntu 8.10' is too hard? the 'Intrepid Ibex' name is not an offical release name, it's a developer nick name and unless your involved in development you need not use it. Although I see a lot of people do like these names as their more fun than 'Vista' or 'Tiger'.
>> what happened to 'I'
It was used for 8.10 out next month aka 'Intrepid Ibex'; Can't wait to see all the new features.
Everybody knows you're supposed to go straight from H to J, to avoid mistaking an I for a 1 or an L. Except that they are going to be calling the next release Intrepid Ibex, so there goes that rule .....
"Warty Warthog" was the first ever Ubuntu release -- "warts and all". Grumpy Groundhog is to Ubuntu what Sid is to Debian: the bleeding-edge version, built from the latest sources. It just took them awhile to get the idea of moving sequentially through the alphabet.
Phix8 -- most so-called "RAID" cards are not true RAID (managed by a BIOS extension and appearing to the OS as a single physical drive) but implement RAID in software, using a binary-only (and often Windows-only) driver. Linux's native "md" software RAID is much faster than most of these, and has the benefit of Source Code availability. Besides which, anyone who would trust software they hadn't seen the innards of with kernel privileges, deserves to lose data.
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I can't wait for version whatever-the-fuck-counting-is-not-a-string-point-at-this-time-of-the-night which will begin with a 'P'
Obviously the animal will be Penguin for the obvious linux reasons, maybe we'll see a hairy chested Tux with a Ron Jeremy 'tasche.
Though the extreme pornography connotations.. hmm, going across US borders could be fun
hey, Ubuntu wasnt the first with silly names
Maybe I'm just sad but hasnt anyone else been following the silly
names that Linux kernels are given? Look at the Makefile
of your Linux source and about 7 lines down will be the kernels
2.6.14 was Affluent Albatross
2.6.12 was Woozy Numbat
2.6.23 Arr Matey! A Hairy Bilge Rat! - hmmm, thats over the top
2.6.25 Funky Weasel is Jiggy wit it
so Ubuntu has a lot of catching up to do!
As a user of HH (3.5.10, not 4.1.x) i must admit it find the naming slightly ... foolish, but - if you stop to think, the first word is the important one, Feisty, Gutsy, Hardy, Intrepid, they all have strength-type connotations.
We need it - to overcome the stagnation that is Windows.
I also recommend the short video Boundin' which is about a Jackalope and is on The Incredibles DVD. My wife asked about the silly release names and I asked her what kind of luck she has doing a web search for problems related to the Microsoft ".Net" software. I suggested she consider how easy it is to do a web search for "Hardy Heron" and "nVidia driver". She was enlightened.
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