Mark Shuttleworth, father of the popular Ubuntu operating system, proudly announced last evening (October 5th) the name and the goals for the next version of Ubuntu.
Yes dear readers, we are talking about Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, dubbed Precise Pangolin and scheduled for release next year on April 26th.
"It’s a perennial pleasure to pick pertinent and/or pithy placeholder names for Ubuntu releases. At least, I like to think of them as pertinent and/or pithy."
"Balancing all of those options, I think we have just the right mix in our designated mascot for 12.04 LTS. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Precise Pangolin." - said Mark Shuttleworth in his blog announcement.
For the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), the Ubuntu development team will focus their efforts on making a tough and long-lasting, reliable, solid as a rock and well defended operating system.
So, what's a Pangolin? Well, according to Wikipedia, a pangolin is a mammal of the order Pholidota. It is also known as scaly anteater or Trenggiling. They can be found in tropical regions of Africa and Asia, or in your local ZOO.
Being an LTS release, Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) will have at least three regular maintenance releases. The first one, Ubuntu 12.04.1, will be released in August 16th, 2012; the second one, Ubuntu 12.04.2, will be released on February 7th, 2013; and the third one, Ubuntu 12.04.3, will see the light of day somewhere in mid summer 2013.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will be the 16th release of the Ubuntu operating system. Until then, we have another version that should catch our attention and invade our computers, Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), which will be released next week on October 13th, 2011.
Don't forget to visit our Linux section next Thursday, October 13th, for an in-depth article about the final release of the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot).