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Ubuntu 10.10: The Maverick Meerkat Announced

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From the 'Where Does He Get Those Names?' files:

What follows a Lucid Lynx? Why none other than a Maverick Meerkat. Well at least it does for Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu founder and self-appointed-dictator-for-life Mark Shuttleworth announced today that the Ubuntu 10.10 release would be codenamed the Maverick Meerkat.

Now if he had announced this yesterday some might have thought it was an April Fools joke - but then again after Gutsby Gibbon, Hoary Hedgehog, Jaunty Jackalope and Intrepid Ibex what Ubuntu codename isn't a bit 'weird' to say the least?

"Meerkats are, of course, light, fast and social - everything we want in a
Perfect 10," Shuttleworth blogged. "We're booting really fast these days, but the final push
remains."

The Meerkat release will be an interesting one in that it will follow the upcoming Lucid Lynx LTS (Long Term Support) release which is coming out at the end of the month. With an LTS release, Ubuntu is aiming to provide stability as opposed to radical change. That's not the case with a regular release which has a shorter shelf-life.

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