The New York Times has a story in their Technology section on Ubuntu‘s latest development effort which they have named Jaunty Jackalope. The full version won’t be released until April 2009 but I am sure we will start seeing Alpha’s and Beta’s in the coming months. From the article:
Microsoft has spent years battling an Apple. Now it must go up against a Jaunty Jackalope as well.
The Jaunty Jackalope moniker is the latest animal-themed name used by Canonical, a maker of open source software, to describe an upcoming version of Ubuntu, its flavor of the Linux operating system. Other names used for previous releases of Ubuntu have included Hardy Heron, Dapper Drake and Breezy Badger. While the names may seem silly, they reflect part of the culture that has helped Ubuntu become a legitimate player in both the desktop and server operating system markets.
The geek elite use Linux, which is an operating system built with open source software that serves the same basic functions as Microsoft’s Windows or Apple’s Mac OS X. Of late, members of that geek elite have tended to choose Ubuntu as their favorite version of Linux. (There are hundreds, if not thousands, of variations on Linux, each with their own collections of applications and features.)