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Shuttleworth hints at Ubuntu's future with latest name

Aug 20, 2010, 18:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Meyer)

"The South African entrepreneur said in a blog post on Tuesday that the name reflected the enhancements in graphics that Ubuntu 11.04 will bring and the Linux version's improved use of graphics hardware. He also said the reference to the tusked Arctic whale would be appropriate for a 'cool' version of the operating system that is optimised for ARM's low-power-consumption chip architecture. Narwhal image

"The narwhal embodies the best characteristics of the upcoming Ubuntu version, Canonical founder Shuttleworth said. Photo credit: Wikipedia

"Ubuntu versions are always named alliteratively, always refer to animals — real or imagined — and always follow the progression of the alphabet. Version numbers are based on the year and month of the release, so Natty Narwhal is scheduled to come out in April 2011."

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