Ubuntu’s Next Release Gets a Name

Netstat -vat by Sean Michael Kerner (bio)

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From the “Wacky Software Names” files:

Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced the name of 2010’s first Ubuntu release. Ubuntu 10.04 will be named the Lucid Lynx.

No, I’ve never seen a drunk Lynx before myself, but then again it’s not like I see Lynxes on a regular basis either.

Shuttleworth made the announcement via Webcast (now posted on YouTube) to the Atlanta Linux Fest, which occurred over the weekend. During the announcement, he also explained the rationale for the name and why it will be leading to a sweet smell.

“Coming up with a name for a distribution is a wonderful challenge and a wonderful art form,” Shuttleworth said. “Ubuntu 10.04 will be the Lucid Lynx which is a name that I think brings together all of the key characteristics that we’re striving for in our next LTS. To be Lucid means to be very clear and focused on the important points.”

As far as the Lynx part goes, Shuttleworth noted that the Lynx is a predator but it’s a very thoughtful and considered predator that is focused on finding the right target opportunity at the right time.

So what about the smell part? That’s where some Shuttleworth humor comes into play.

“Lynx is also well known as a global brand of deodorant so this years’ Ubuntu developer summit is going to be the sweetest-smelling Ubuntu developer summit ever,” Shuttleworth said. “Despite the fact that it’s happening in Dallas.”

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