Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Nov 2008 18:45 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu developers have announced the availability of Ubuntu 9.04 alpha 1, the first prerelease for this version. Ubuntu 9.04 is codenamed Jaunty Jackalope and is scheduled for official release in April. The initial plans for Jaunty were published in September, prior to the release of Ubuntu 8.10. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth aims to boost the software experience and make the popular Linux distribution more competitive with Windows and Mac OS X on the desktop. Canonical intends to push the platform into the mainstream by putting its resources into upstream usability improvements. In addition to the ongoing long-term usability enhancement efforts, Canonical and the Ubuntu development community are focusing on several specific technical goals for 9.04, including improving performance and boot time and integrating web services more tightly with the desktop."
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Jaunty Jackelope?
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 25th Nov 2008 03:20 UTC
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

Why not Jaunty Jackass? It has a better ring to it, and seems like the logical choice for the letter "J". Canonical must have something against donkeys. ;)

Disclaimer: I am running Ubuntu 8.04 right now, so don't take that as anything more than a joke. Well... a partial joke, I honestly would prefer the name Jaunty Jackass... infuse some fun into using the distro. It sure would spark some fun and funny conversations.

Edited 2008-11-25 03:22 UTC

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RE: Jaunty Jackass?
by 3rdalbum on Tue 25th Nov 2008 05:31 in reply to "Jaunty Jackelope?"
3rdalbum Member since:
2008-05-26

"What version of Ubuntu are you running?"

"Jackass."

"Steady on, I'm only asking!"

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RE: Jaunty Jackelope?
by Kokopelli on Tue 25th Nov 2008 14:46 in reply to "Jaunty Jackelope?"
Kokopelli Member since:
2005-07-06

Probably because Jackass has a negative connotation to many people. It might sound amusing to you but in the wider context of the community it would likely cause a significant polarization of opinion. Jackelope on the other hand has no strong negative (or positive) connotation.

In short the code name should be recognizable and not off-putting to the majority of the intended audience. It is a moniker, and a chance to be a little mischievous, not a place to put emotionally charged choices.

EDIT: spelling

Edited 2008-11-25 14:49 UTC

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RE[2]: Jaunty Jackelope?
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 25th Nov 2008 21:43 in reply to "RE: Jaunty Jackelope?"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Kokopelli, I hope you didn't *really* think that I didn't know that...

As I said, it was somewhat of a joke. ;)

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RE[2]: Jaunty Jackelope?
by sbergman27 on Tue 25th Nov 2008 21:55 in reply to "RE: Jaunty Jackelope?"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Jackelope on the other hand has no strong negative (or positive) connotation.

So if I call your mother a jackalope, that's fine by you? ;-)

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