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Canonical Names Ubuntu Linux 17.04 'Zesty Zapus' (betanews.com) 67

"Linux distributions and silly names go together like peanut butter and jelly," notes BetaNews. BrianFagioli writes: One of the most well-known Linux distributions to use funny names is Ubuntu. It famously uses the convention of an adjective and a lesser-known animal, each starting with the same letter... For example, Ubuntu 16.10 uses the letter "Y" -- "Yakkety Yak". The next version of the operating system will use the letter "Z" [and] Canonical has chosen "Zesty Zapus"... It is apparently a type of jumping mouse...

"As we come to the end of the alphabet, I want to thank everyone who makes this fun. Your passion and focus and intellect, and occasionally your sharp differences, all make it a privilege to be part of this body incorporate. Right now, Ubuntu is moving even faster to the centre of the cloud and edge operations. From AWS to the zaniest new devices, Ubuntu helps people get things done faster, cleaner, and more efficiently, thanks to you...", says Mark Shuttleworth, CEO, Canonical... "we are a tiny band in a market of giants, but our focus on delivering free software freely together with enterprise support, services and solutions appears to be opening doors, and minds, everywhere. So, in honour of the valiantly tiny leaping long-tailed over the obstacles of life, our next release which will be Ubuntu 17.04, is hereby code named the Zesty Zapus".

My favorite was Xenial Xerus.
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Canonical Names Ubuntu Linux 17.04 'Zesty Zapus'

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Naming the Ubuntu releases this way was fun for a while, but I'll be glad to see it end. I hope they make the sensible choice and choose a new naming theme (even if they do continue the scheme and end up wrapping around the alphabat back to A). The animal names are clumsy. That's why everyone uses the adjective (such as "precise," "trusty" or "zesty").

  • by wjcofkc ( 964165 ) on Saturday October 22, 2016 @04:00PM (#53131041)
    The non-Linux world will now take Linux seriously.
    • Re:Finally! (Score:5, Insightful)

      by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Saturday October 22, 2016 @05:24PM (#53131305)

      The non-Linux world will now take Linux seriously.

      I don't know what you mean. I've never seen a silly name on Ubuntu. Not when I boot the system, not on the GUI, not on www.ubuntu.com, not when I click on Desktop, and not when I click on download which gives me the option of 16.04.1 LTS or 16.10.

      The non-Linux world didn't even know we gave Ubuntu silly names, so if this was what was holding everyone back, then we've failed big time.

  • Don't talk back?

  • For example, Ubuntu 16.10 uses the letter "Y" -- "Yakkety Yak". The next version of the operating system will use the letter "Z" [and] Canonical has chosen "Zesty Zapus"...

    Version 17 will use the letter "Z" and yet there are 26 letters in the alphabet. Hmm... Did I miss a Sesame Street episode somewhere?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      17 = 2017....

    • Re:17 going on 26 (Score:5, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 22, 2016 @05:05PM (#53131237)

      For example, Ubuntu 16.10 uses the letter "Y" -- "Yakkety Yak". The next version of the operating system will use the letter "Z" [and] Canonical has chosen "Zesty Zapus"...

      Version 17 will use the letter "Z" and yet there are 26 letters in the alphabet. Hmm... Did I miss a Sesame Street episode somewhere?

      FWIW, it's not version 17 - it's the version being targeted for the 4th month of 2017 (hence 17.04).

      They played fast & loose with the codenames [ubuntu.com] in the early days, but then got back on track ... so that Zesty Zapus is indeed the 26th release.

      Big Bird would be proud!

  • Still waiting for whatever bugs are causing my installation of 16.04 to randomly freeze after 12 hours of runtime. Can they work on getting that more reliable so I can ditch Windows 10?
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by orvam ( 4733247 )
      intel_idle.max_cstate=1? That one has been a pain in the ass, but the fix probably will come from upstream and not from Ubuntu.
    • @mea2214: "Still waiting for whatever bugs are causing my installation of 16.04 to randomly freeze after 12 hours of runtime. Can they work on getting that more reliable so I can ditch Windows 10?" link [slashdot.org]

      What was the response when you posted the problem on the Ubuntu Forum [ubuntuforums.org]?
  • Aarrghhing Aardvark.

  • by hcs_$reboot ( 1536101 ) on Saturday October 22, 2016 @07:39PM (#53131883)
    Planets? Constellations? LOTR characters? Or more modern GoT characters?
  • I was hoping for Zippy Zebra...... sigh...

  • There's just me on my system I refer to as deaf, no other users. I ran journalctl to check my system out and came across this:
    Oct 21 05:24:28 deaf dbus-daemon[1119]: Unknown username "whoopsie" in message bus configuration file

  • If we go back to A i think Adorable Ass would be a good name for the next release.
  • Next should be something akin to "Ångkokt Ål" or "Ångerful Åländare".

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