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cool_penguin
September 10th, 2008, 09:58 AM
Taken from ZD News:

The Ubuntu project has detailed plans for the April 2009 version of its Linux distribution, continuing its habit of naming its software after animals by dubbing Ubuntu 9.04 "The Jaunty Jackalope."

The news comes as the project last week made available an advance testing version of its Linux distribution, Ubuntu 8.10, the "Intrepid Ibex," which is scheduled for release in late October.

"As we approach the launch of Ubuntu 8.10, it's time to create space for future plans... [Jaunty] will be the focus of our efforts from November through to April next year," wrote the project's founder and patron Mark Shuttleworth in an email to developers this morning.

Shuttleworth said Ubuntu 9.04 would focus on improving boot time and blurring the line between desktop applications and the incoming wave of web-based software.

"The Jackalope is known for being so fast that it's extremely hard to catch, and breeds only when lightning flashes," wrote Shuttleworth. "Let's see if we can make booting or resuming Ubuntu blindingly quick." Operating system rival Microsoft has also recently stated it wanted to make boot times one of its priorities for its incoming Windows 7 operating system, which has not yet been formally named.

On web application integration, Shuttleworth wrote: "Is it a deer? Is it a bunny? Or is it a weblication: a desktop application that seamlessly integrates the web? This hare has legs, and horns, and we'll be exploring it in much more detail for Jaunty."

The 9.04 release will also see Ubuntu's entire code repository moved into the project's Bazaar version control system, to make it easier for developers to work with the software. "For the first time, any developer will be able to branch any Ubuntu package with a single bzr command, publish their changes, and perhaps even publish builds of that package in their own package archive," wrote Shuttleworth.

Shuttleworth said the project would be planning the 9.04 release in much more detail at its Ubuntu Developer Summit, to be held in Google's Mountain View campus from 8-12 December this year.

Shuttleworth said 2009 would see Ubuntu compete strongly with its commercial rivals. "The warrior rabbit is our talisman as we move into a year where we can reasonably expect Ubuntu to ship on several million devices, to consumers who can reasonably expect the software experience to be comparable to those of the traditional big [software vendors]: Microsoft and Apple," he wrote.

"The bar is set very high, and we have been given the opportunity to leap over it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to shine, and we want to make sure that the very best thinking across the whole open-source ecosystem is reflected in Ubuntu, because many people will judge free software as a whole by what we do."

Cheers,
Harry :guitar:

adult swim
September 10th, 2008, 10:15 AM
if you go to this website https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-devel
and fill out the "subscribing to ubuntu-devel" section, you will get announcements about ubuntu development, like this one, emailed to you.

cool_penguin
September 10th, 2008, 12:35 PM
Thanks for the info. This article however was posted on ZD News. Thanks anyway. I shall subscribe to the Ubuntu Development team to get news letters in my email.

Cheers,
Harry

Joeb454
September 10th, 2008, 12:40 PM
Moved to Community Cafe

smartboyathome
September 10th, 2008, 04:49 PM
Also on the fridge: fridge.ubuntu.com. I am amazed they didn't go with Jaguar, though. Probably has something to do with Apple already claiming it. :mad:

Ms_Angel_D
September 10th, 2008, 05:36 PM
Hmmm just a thought but what happens after z?

smartboyathome
September 10th, 2008, 05:49 PM
We won't know until Z comes, which should be in... *calculates* ...Ubuntu 16.10, if that will exist then. ;)

jbelmonte
September 10th, 2008, 10:37 PM
Everyone know that the Jackalope is a fictional creature, right? So this does NOT continue the habit of naming the software after animals. It starts the habit of naming the software after fictional creatures. Will that make the Minataur and Unicorn possible "animals" for future releases? Who is the Jumbo Jack@ss that chose Jaunty Jackalope over Jovial Jackel and ruined the motif?

coolbrook
September 11th, 2008, 04:52 AM
Looking forward to it.

Guilden_NL
September 11th, 2008, 03:54 PM
Everyone know that the Jackalope is a fictional creature, right? So this does NOT continue the habit of naming the software after animals. It starts the habit of naming the software after fictional creatures. Will that make the Minataur and Unicorn possible "animals" for future releases? Who is the Jumbo Jack@ss that chose Jaunty Jackalope over Jovial Jackel and ruined the motif?

Says who?

Come out to Arizona and we'll show you more jackalopes than Massachusetts has Starbucks!
http://joeorgren.com/nogales/az8a.jpg
And Arizona's burgeoning 'Net industry is ready for Jaunty Jackalope:
http://cogdog.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/jackalope-title.jpg

Hexagrapher666
September 11th, 2008, 10:11 PM
Everyone know that the Jackalope is a fictional creature, right?

Actually, jackalopes are real, but they are not exactly as their folklore describes them. Real "jackalopes" are rabbits who have "antler-like" tumors caused by the Shope papillomavirus (http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~hollidac/jacksforreal.html).
http://discovermagazine.com/2007/may/hpv/jackalope.jpg

jbelmonte
September 11th, 2008, 10:53 PM
Actually, jackalopes are real, but they are not exactly as their folklore describes them. Real "jackalopes" are rabbits who have "antler-like" tumors caused by the Shope papillomavirus (http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~hollidac/jacksforreal.html).
http://discovermagazine.com/2007/may/hpv/jackalope.jpg

Yes, someone, who didn't have enough coffee, saw a rabbit with disgusting "antler-like" tumors, didn't recognize it as a rabbit, and called it a Jackalope. They were probably from Arizona because they don't have enough Starbucks there, but I digress. So, the bottom line is either Jackalopes really don't exist or they are misidentified rabbits with disgusting antler-like tumors. Right now I don't know what is worse, naming the software after a creature that doesn't exist or naming it after a misidentified rabbit with disgusting antler-like tumors. This sounds like a lose-lose to me.

SZF2001
September 11th, 2008, 11:25 PM
Can we name an Ubuntu release "Poopin' Pony"? That would get people talking. And talk is good for any product.

Guilden_NL
September 14th, 2008, 03:45 PM
Can we name an Ubuntu release "Poopin' Pony"? That would get people talking. And talk is good for any product.
:biggrin:

Well it could get there faster with a next release named kaka Kangaroo.

avaldez
September 15th, 2008, 05:04 AM
Everyone know that the Jackalope is a fictional creature, right? So this does NOT continue the habit of naming the software after animals. It starts the habit of naming the software after fictional creatures. Will that make the Minataur and Unicorn possible "animals" for future releases? Who is the Jumbo Jack@ss that chose Jaunty Jackalope over Jovial Jackel and ruined the motif?

Have you forgot about Feisty Fawn???

amazingtaters
September 15th, 2008, 05:32 AM
Have you forgot about Feisty Fawn???

A fawn is an animal. Seriously, use some google/wiki fu. It's a deer. The more you know