And so the question arises – what will he do for release names after he reaches the end of the English alphabet?
Will the project wind up after the Z release? After all, it has been going for 11 years and drawing on Shuttleworth's personal fortune, with no indications that it has yet turned a profit.
Ubuntu made its first release in October 2004, under the name Warty Warthog. After one more release, Hoary Hedgehog, which did not adhere to alphabetical order, the releases shifted to the letter B and led off with Breezy Badger.
The C word was avoided but that apart, all letters of the alphabet, bar the first and the last two, have been gone through in order.
A couple have been repeated – there was Hardy Heron, the second of the Hs, and Wily Werewolf, the second W after the launch, which has just been released.
The Werewolf release, version 15.10, has a 4.2 kernel, and has completed the switch to gcc-5. Canonical's desktop Unity has become more stable.
Alongside the main Ubuntu release, its variants — Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu — have also been released.
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