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18 October 2012, 16:10

Ubuntu 13.04 named after a raccoon

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Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced that the name for Ubuntu 13.04 will be "Raring Ringtail". After some initial confusion, however, he later clarified that the particular ring-tailed creature he is referring to is a racoon. In his blog post, Shuttleworth says that, with version 13.04, Canonical and the project's development team will "look at the core of Ubuntu and review it through a mobile lens".

Building up to the next Long-Term Support (LTS) release of the Ubuntu Linux distribution – expected to be 14.04 – the developers plan to shift their focus to improving mobile metrics, such as battery life, the number of running processes and the operating system's memory footprint, while also polishing any "rough edges" that they find in the process. "The tighter we can get the core, the better we will do on laptops and the cloud, too", added Shuttleworth.

According to the tentative release schedule, Ubuntu 13.04 will be released on 25 April 2013. The upcoming Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) will take place from 29 October to 1 November in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the four-day event, the developers will outline their plans for Ubuntu 13.04 and decide what features they want to include.

The next major release of Ubuntu, version 12.10 code-named "Quantal Quetzal", is expected to arrive later today. Once released, The H will publish a feature detailing its changes and new features.


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