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23 April 2012, 16:46

Ubuntu 12.10 named as "Quantal Quetzal"

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Ubuntu 12.10 The challenge of coming up with a code name for the successor to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, "Precise Pangolin" which is due to be released this week, has been met by Mark Shuttleworth announcing the new name for 12.10. "Quantal Quetzal" is the name announced in a blog posting by Shuttleworth, who writes that it would be redundant to use "Quality" as part of the code name, as "Every release has quality first these days".

The Quetzal is a family of birds found in western Mexico with mostly iridescent green plumage. Shuttleworth says that other names, such as "Queer Quocka" would have suggested a brown colour theme; as a refresh of the look and typography is happening in 12.10, "brown is out and something colourful and light is called for". "Quantal" is defined as either referring to something existing in only one of two possible states in physics, or designating an "all or none" response in biology. In Ubuntu's case though, it is a reference to the OpenStack Quantum virtual networking project.

The initial schedule for 12.10 has already been laid out with an expected final release date of 18 October 2012. The Ubuntu Development Summit, taking place in Oakland California, for 12.10 starts on 7 May and ends 11 May, where more of the features for 12.10 will be decided upon.

One thing that Shuttleworth says will definitely not be in 12.10 is systemd saying that "Rumours and allegations of a move from Upstart to SystemD are unfounded", though he does suggest that the position was reviewed and that "After a review by the Ubuntu Foundations team our course is clear: we’re committed to Upstart, it’s the better choice for a modern init, innit." Shuttleworth appears to criticise systemd saying "Upstart has a huge battery of tests, the competition has virtually none. Upstart knows everything it wants to be, the competition wants to be everything".

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