An interesting announcement by Mark Shuttleworth on the code name of next version of Ubuntu did not seem to get much attention. It was announced and April 2 and things mostly seem to be silent on the blogosphere.
As you may all, Ubuntu follows a 6 month development cycle and releasing new versions in April and in October. They also have a 2 year development cycle for LTS (Long Term Support). Ubuntu versions are named with year name and the month name. So Lucid Lynx will be 10.04. The problem with LTS is that stability takes priority over new features. And it was a factor in Lucid. There were many features that could not make the cut due to development freeze. So the next version 10.10 should be much more feature rich. As Mark says, "Once we have released the LTS we have plenty of room to shake things up a little.". Cant wait 🙂
The code name for Ubuntu 10.10 is Maverick Meerkat. Once more, Ubuntu has come up with the name of an animal which I was not aware of 🙂 If that is the case with you , you can check Meerkat’s wiki page. I guess most people can immediately recognize this as the Timon (Timon and Pumbaa) character in Lion King. It is quite interesting that Lynx was also featured as Ozymandias’s pet in Watchmen.
The word Maverick has special significance in Texas. It is named of the mascot of my own university (University of Texas at Arlington). Hopefully, starting with Maverick, my university will have more Ubuntu (atleast Linux ) systems 😉
The focus on Maverick is going to be quite similar to Lucid. Fast booting , support to Cloud computing. Lucid already has many social features and Maverick should have more. There is a "social from start" push and it will only get better. Another hope is that Maverick will have GNOME 3.0 . Of course more will be discussed in May at the Ubuntu Developer Summit .
As Mark says "We want to put Ubuntu and free software on every single consumer PC that ships from a major manufacturer, the ultimate maverick move.
Meerkats are, of course, light, fast and social – everything we want in a Perfect 10." . Amen to that 🙂