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In a post on his personal blog, titled “U talking to me?” – quote which may or may not have something to do with Taxi Driver – Mark Shuttleworth expressed his willing to do “something unified and upright, something about which we can be universally proud” in the next Ubuntu release, but he also gave us a hint about the codename which 14.10 will have: Utopic Unicorn.


So after the Trusty Tahr, which probably was most awaited in the last two years, it looks like next we’re gonna meet the Utopic, which is scheduled for release in October 2014. After a praised and successful LTS release, work at Ubuntu+1 has just begun.

And since the long-term supported Trusty comes with well-tested packages (but not the latest) like GNOME 3.8 while the latest is 3.12, we are to expect some bleeding-edge, new packages and groundbreaking changes in 14.10.

It’s a good time to shine a light on umbrageous if understandably imminent undulations in the landscape we love – time to bring systemd to the centre of Ubuntu, time to untwist ourselves from Python 2.x and time to walk a little uphill and, thereby, upstream.

To see what are the guidelines that Ubuntu follows for its codenames, read this tutorial I wrote a while back.

Innocent Bystander says:

I wonder what is the usefulness of these silly two words name. “14.10” is meaningful for at least a century and requires no effort to remember. While I can barely recall the names of the N-1 release. As for release N-2 and older? I have no idea about their name.

Craciun Dan says:

By a century, you mean until 15.04, right? :) Actually I find codenames to be a great way to refer to a version, be it the current LTS or the current Ubuntu release. For older releases, codenames start to mean less, as people don’t remember exactly which version corresponds to which codename.

And don’t forget the funny part in it. Is it more funny to say “14.04” or “Trusty”? :)

But yeah, if you now say for example, Oneiric, I will not remember which Ubuntu version was that. But funny thing is, I do remember Breezy or Dapper, the latter because I liked it a lot.

Innocent Bystander says:

Oh wow, you are really an early Ubuntu user. Me, it was around version “Heroin Hashish” or something like that … you know I don’t remember name very well.

Craciun Dan says:

Yeah, I started with Breezy Badger (that’s actually the time I discovered Linux too). Hardy Heron? That’s quite an old one also.

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