Mark Shuttleworth has just announced the codename of the next Ubuntu release after Maverick i.e. Ubuntu 11.04. Ubuntu 11.04 will be called Natty Narwhal.
The name follows the usual Ubuntu naming tradition of the codename consisting of an adjective and a name of an animal starting with the same letter, and following an alphabetic order.
This is what Shuttleworth wrote:
The Narwhal, as an Arctic (and somewhat endangered) animal, is a fitting reminder of the fact that we have only one spaceship that can host all of humanity (trust me, a Soyuz won’t do for the long haul to Alpha Centauri).And Ubuntu is all about bringing the generosity of all contributors in this functional commons of code to the widest possible audience, it’s about treating one another with respect, and it’s about being aware of the complexity and diversity of the ecosystems which feed us, clothe us and keep us healthy. Being a natty narwhal, of course, means we have some obligation to put our best foot forward. First impressions count, lasting impressions count more, so let’s make both and make them favourable.
Know the Narwhal
A narwhal (scientific name: Monodon monoceros) is a medium-size whale that lives in the arctic. A distinctive feature of the narwhal is it long straight tusk which can be upto 3 meters in length. Narwhals are capable of diving to great depth and are considered to be one of the deepest diving mammals.
Narwhals generally congregate in groups of 5-10 individuals. The narwhal is considered to a near threatened animal.
Enough of the biology lesson for now. Go to Wikipedia if you want to read more about Narwhals.
And of course Natty means "marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners". [source]
Like the codename? Hate it? Discuss.