Ubuntu logoA couple of days ago Ubuntu 12.10 was released and I have published the Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal post installation guide. Mark Shuttleworth however already announced the codename of the next 13.04 version. And that is Raring Ringtail. Raring means full of enthusiasm or eagerness. Here is what Mark says about this choice:

The challenge, of course, has been the number of entirely inappropriate adjectives that presented themselves along the way. Go read the dictionary. R is just loaded with juicy stuff we can’t use without invoking the radge wrath of the rinky-dink chorus. Sigh.

Nevertheless, somewhere between the risibly rambunctious and the reboantly ran-tan, the regnally rakish and the reciprocornously rorty, there was bound to be a good fit. Something radious or rident, something to rouse our rowthy rabble.

So what will we be up to in the next six months? We have two short cycles before we’re into the LTS, and by then we want to have the phone, tablet and TV all lined up. So I think it’s time to look at the core of Ubuntu and review it through a mobile lens: let’s measure our core platform by mobile metrics, things like battery life, number of running processes, memory footprint, and polish the rough edges that we find when we do that. The tighter we can get the core, the better we will do on laptops and the cloud, too.

Ringtail stands for Ringtail Raccon, also known as Ringtail Cat, however for the sake of sanity it's not Raring Ringtail Racoon, just Rarring Ringtail. And this is the mascot of Ubuntu 13.04 which is going to be released on April of 2013.

Ringtail Racoon


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