Those who develop operating systems usually like to give each release a code name. Other than Longhorn, there is little that is truly memorable from Microsoft. Apple has a penchant for using cat names like Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion to tag releases of OS X. So far, they seem to resisted the urge to give code names to releases of iOS which drives the iPhone & iPad.

Google’s Android operating system releases have been code-named with sweet treats such as:

  • Honeycomb
  • Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Jelly Bean

Does this mean that the next release of Android will be named “Kit-Kat bar”?

All this leads us to the code names for Ubuntu Linux.  The UK-based company, Canonical Ltd. which is owned by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth, likes to give alliterative  animal code names to releases of the Ubuntu OS. For example, recent releases of Ubuntu Linux have been code-named:

  • Lucid Lynx – Version # 10.04 released in April of 2010
  • Maverick Meerkat – Version # 10.10 released in October of 2010
  • Natty Narwhal – Version 11.04 released in April of 2011
  • Oneric Ocelot – Version 11.10 released in October of 2011
  • Precise Pangolin – Version 12.04 released in April of 2012

Early this week, Steven Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet revealed that the code name for Version 12.10, due sometime in October, will be Quantal Quetzal. Dr. Data had predicted that the code name would be “Querulous Quetzal” but he’s more than happy to be even half right on anything. (Thirty-seven years of wedlock will do that to you.) Nonetheless, Dr. Data stands by his prediction that version 13.04, scheduled for April of 2013, will be code-named “Rabid Raccoon”.

To learn more about the upcoming release of version 12.10, including five great enhancements, read Steve’s article on ZDNet.

While you’re on ZDNet, take a look at Linus Torvalds’ take on why the Desktop version of Linux has been slow to gain acceptance amongst the user community.

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