View Full Version : Will we ever see an "Opulent Opus" kernel?

January 3rd, 2008, 10:36 PM
Well, it occurred to me that since as Linux users our mascot is a penguin and our kernel releases are named after animals, then why not have a kernel release named after another penguin; specifically "Opus," a cartoon character by "Berke Breathed," whose comic strip "Bloom County" has been running in newspapers around the country for decades; and why not an LTS version while we're at it?

One of the more humorous instantiations of this character is one in which he dresses in Drag (put's on a dress and pearls); so I thought of the name "Opulent Opus" to refer to this instance of the character. It makes sense to me, since the kernel nicknames are always two words in which the first letters of each word are the same; such as in Feisty Fawn; Gusty Gibbon, etc.

**I know I'm going to get flamed for this; so go ahead, give me you're best shot!

Below are some links I found on Google that I thought would illustrate this idea:





Oh, and since penguins and specifically Opus like squid, how about a "Squishy Squid" kernel?



January 3rd, 2008, 10:48 PM
Considering that each new release is the next letter up in the alphabet, and Ubuntu release twice yearly I don't think we're going to see any O release until October 2011. Try posting nearer the time and they might take up your suggestion. :D

January 3rd, 2008, 10:49 PM
By the way, there is a wiki for brain-storming for future release code-names:

"Opulent" is already on there, but "Opus" is not (and probably wouldn't get accepted since it's the name of a character instead of the name of an actual animal).

As you can see, there is no lack of ideas for future Ubuntu code-names!

January 3rd, 2008, 11:20 PM
Actually I don't think we would be able to name it that due to copyright issues.

January 3rd, 2008, 11:44 PM
Well an Opulent Opus could be a musical composition, then we could just unofficially use the Opus image or put "Tux" in a dress and give him "Bob the Bobcat Cat" for a sidekick!


January 4th, 2008, 02:43 PM
I thinkk you're confusing the kernel with the Ubuntu dsitribution version.

January 4th, 2008, 04:13 PM
We would probably be more likely to see a Trusty Tux or Perky Penguin.

January 4th, 2008, 08:28 PM
I think you're right Mad_Dawg; but I'd love a counter culture name for a change. And BTW, UnRkiSt is right. I was confusing the kernel with the Distro. I stand corrected, when I can stand.

January 4th, 2008, 11:56 PM
if someone wants to write the cartoonist about letting Linux borrow Opus...Well,give it a go...
he might be up for it,you never know.

January 5th, 2008, 01:00 AM
sadly i dont think it would happen because of copyright issues, and even if we got permission, the name woulden't be completely free and all that.

and not all newspapers get opus, i myself never knew about it until our newspaper started putting it on the sunday newspaper comics

January 5th, 2008, 01:51 AM
yeah,your most likely right...Stil it would be really fun to have Opus promoting Linux.(And yes,I'm an Opus fan.)

January 5th, 2008, 06:28 AM
My hero was Bill the Cat...I miss Bloom County

January 5th, 2008, 08:01 AM
My hero was Bill the Cat...I miss Bloom County

As do I...But they can be read on line:


January 10th, 2008, 06:43 AM
Perhaps we could offer Mr. Breathed free Ubuntu Linux for life in exchange for using Opus? We would be giving him something valuable and yet free thereby avoiding the philosophical issues.

Just a thought..

May 1st, 2011, 06:50 PM
Oh no...

11.10's going to be Oneiric Ocelot... I got Gyped!!!

There could still be an Opulent Opus branch, couldn't there?

May 1st, 2011, 06:57 PM
Oh no...

11.10's going to be Oneiric Ocelot... I got Gyped!!!

There could still be an Opulent Opus branch, couldn't there?

Lol. As I was reading this thread, I was hoping it was you who resurrected it from the dead.

May 2nd, 2011, 11:09 PM
Thanks man,

Good to hear from you...