Linux is Precise, Quantal and Longterm
There are lots of big events on the Linux Planet calendar in any given year. Twice a year we get to celebrate a new Ubuntu release, its wacky name and its interesting new innovations.
Ubuntu 12.04, the Precise Pangolin is set for official release on April 26th. It's a big release for Canonical in that it's an LTS (Long Term Support) providing up to five years of support for enterprises and customers. On the desktop side, this is the first LTS to include the Unity desktop, which is now more polished and precise (pun intended) than it was six months ago, when Ubuntu was last updated.
On the server side, this release is the base that Ubuntu will pushing for the cloud for some time to come. Ubuntu 12.04 is well integrated with the OpenStack Essex open source cloud stack. Sure there are other vendors now, including both Red Hat and SUSE that now support OpenStack, but neither of those vendors have a mature enterprise release fully integrated with OpenStack (yet).
The coming of a new Ubuntu release, means that it's time for Mark Shuttleworth to anoint a new one.
"This quirky scheme of adjectives and animals presents a pretty puzzle every six months," Shuttleworth wrote. "What mix of characteristics do we want to celebrate in the next release? Here we are, busily finalizing the precise pangolin (which was a rather perfect product placement for a scaly anteater, all things considered) and before one realises it’s time to talk turkey, so to speak, about Q!"
Once again, Shuttleworth has chosen an animal (that few in North America at least) are likely to know. Ubuntu 12.10 will be called the - Quantal Quetzal.
In contrast to the Ubuntu naming, the Fedora community is currently voting on whether or not they want to keep a name for upcoming releases. Fedora 17 is codenamed, Beefy Miracle and among the leading candidate for Fedora 18 is the equally gastronomic Tandoori Chicken
Linux 3.2 Goes Longterm
Ubuntu isn't the only one on the Linux Planet going long term this week. The Linux 3.2 kernel has now been anointed as the next long term Linux kernel.
Kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman released his last Linux 3.2 kernel on April 22 (3.2.16) and officially passed the mantle of maintainership.
"Ben Hutchings has agreed to pick this kernel version up and will be maintaining it for an indefiniate amount of time," Kroah-Hartman wrote.