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Ubuntu codenames demystified : Part 1

By Debjit on November 27th, 2010 

This is a guest post by the author of the ubuntudaily

Canonical releases a new version of Ubuntu every 6 months and gives it a an unique codename. Till now all these code names have been something or the other related to animals and birds. So, lets have an insight into what actually do these codenames mean.


The very first version of Ubuntu to be released was 4.10. It was codenamed "Warty Warthog" . Warthog is a wild animal belonging to the pig family. It has 4 large wart-like tusks on it`s head.

A Warthog (Photo Courtesy : Wikipedia)


The next release was version 5.04, codenamed "Hoary Hedgehog". A Hedgehog is a small spiny mammal found through parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and New Zealand.

A Hedgehog (Photo Courtesy : Wikipedia)


Ubuntu codenamed the 5.10 release as "Breezy Badger". This was when Ubuntu made big news and was the hor topic of discussion in the linux world. This happened due to the constant support from canonical that ubuntu was receiving. Ubuntu became the first Linux Distro to have a Startup Splash Screen called USplash (a graphical bootloader) like the Windows and unlike other Linux Distros. Coming back to the codename, Badger is the common name for any animal of three subfamilies, which belong to the family Mustelidae: the same mammal family as the ferrets, the weasels, the otters, and several other types of carnivore. There are eight species of badger, in three subfamilies: Melinae (the Eurasian badgers), Mellivorinae, (the Ratel or honey badger), and Taxideinae (the American badger).

A Badger (Image and Description Courtesy : Wikipedia)


The next version, 6.06 that is, became the first ever release of Ubuntu bearing Long Term Support officially from canonical and ubuntu. By Now Ubuntu had lambasted all common myths about linux that it is user unfriendly. It had managed to create a "Linux is Use-Friendly" image among various linux fanatics and Evangelist alike. 6.06 was codenamed "Dapper Drake". A Drake refers to a Male Duck.

A duck and a Drake (Photo Courtesy : Wikipedia)

Read the second part of the article.

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Ubuntu codenames demystified : Part 1 was originally published on on February 10, 2009 - 3:01 am (Indian Standard Time)