Friday, October 7, 2011

Precise Pangolin: The Next LTS Ubuntu, 12.04

Well, were you waiting for 'Perfect Penguin'? Ubuntu 12.04 has been named 'Precise Pangolin', as Mark Shuttleworth announced just a day ago. Pangolins are mammals with hard, plate-like scales all over their bodies. They are nocturnal animals, having a well developed sense of smell to find insects. Pangolin scales, on a few rare occasions, were also used to create armor a few centuries back.

With 'Precise Pangolin', I get a feeling that it would be an accurate release, sensing the needs of the average as well as LTS Ubuntu users. And with Unity, also a good choice for the OEMs creating touch devices. Let's see...

From Mark's blog post:

Being generally of a cheerful nature, I thought we’d avoid the Predatory Panther and Primeval Possum. Neither sounds like great company for a seven year journey, really. Same goes for the Peccable Peccary, Pawky Python and Perfidious Puku. So many bullets to dodge round here!

Let’s ask the question differently – what are we trying to convey? 12.04 is an LTS. So we want it to be tough and long-lasting, reliable, solid as a rock and well defended. It’s also going to be the face of Ubuntu for large deployments for a long time, so we want it to have no loose ends, we want it to be coherent, neat.

We’ve told the story of the cloud in previous releases, and that comes to fruition in 12.04 with the first LTS that supports both the cloud guest, and cloud infrastructure, across ARM and x86 architectures. We’ve also told the story of Unity in previous releases, and that comes to fruition in a fast, lean interface that works well across clients both thick and thin. 12.04 is going to be a lot more than all that, but for the full reveal, you’ll need to wait till UDS! Nevertheless, we can take reliability, precision, and polish as a given.

Balancing all of those options, I think we have just the right mix in our designated mascot for 12.04 LTS. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Precise Pangolin.

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