The dash to Copenhagen combined with a dash across the Atlantic has me righteously ramfeezled, but the roisterous reception we got at the OpenStack summit (congrats, stackers, on a respectable razzmatazz of rugible cloud enthusiasm) made it worthwhile. A quick shout out to the team behind the Juju gooooey, that puts a whole new face on cloud agility – rousing stuff.

Nevertheless, it’s way past time to root our next rhythmic release in some appropriate adjective.

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.

So bring along a Nexus 7 if you’re coming to Copenhagen, because it makes a rumpty reference for our rootin’ tootin’ radionic razoring. The raving Rick and his merry (wo)men will lead us to a much leaner, sharper, more mobile world. We’ll make something… wonderful, and call it the Raring Ringtail. See you there soon.

Update: for clarity, this ringtail is no laconic lemur, it’s a ringtail raccoon. However, for the sake of sanity, it’s not a raring ringtail raccoon, just a raring ringtail. There.

50 Responses to “Not the Runty Raccoon, the Rufflered Rhino or (even) the Randall Ross”

  1. Jeremy Bicha Says:

    So, like usual I go to Wikipedia to decipher the curious animal you’ve chosen us to focus on for the next six months…and this time I’m still confused.

  2. Ike AhLoe Says:

    not my first choice but…. WOOOHH LETS DO THIS!

    ps- bring back dodge windows 🙂

  3. Roland Taylor Says:

    You could have reached out to me and required a resplendent name such as Ravenous Rojosaurus (a creature I revealed in my writings) – but I love Ringtails, so run along, congratulations.

    Make sure to get some rest and relaxation, and don’t get roped into any rubbish any reporters happen to reap :)!

  4. Corfy Says:

    I don’t care what adjective you use, but considering that 13.04 will (probably) be released on my birthday, I’d appreciate it if you did use “raccoon” as the animal. (I know, slim chance of that happening, but hey, a guy can dream….)

  5. Kenny Strawn Says:

    You might want to update the Ubuntu Wiki to include an entry for the “Raring Ringtail” version of Ubuntu (and move the “RReleaseSchedule” to “RaringRingtail/ReleaseSchedule”), since there currently is none.

  6. Daan Wynen Says:

    Argh, you might want to be a bit more specific on the Ringtail part.
    Maybe this is obvious to English natives but I am struggling to choose from this list:

    I have no difficulties with the raring part btw, I guess the community has enough “raring” for all the platforms to come. 🙂

  7. Dread Knight Says:

    ra RING RING tail.
    Sorry to say so, but I find this to be the most annoying release name ever.
    It’s just RINGing too much and I’m really not a fan of RINGing.

  8. Benjamin Kerensa Says:

    I will have my Nexus 7 as a I remotely participate with the community in Copenhagen 🙂 cheers to another good release cycle!

  9. IdleOne Says:

    Love it! Looking forward to start testing 13.04.

  10. Jonathan W. Says:

    Nexus 7? Mobile world? I’m really looking forward to what Ubuntu 13.04 has to offer.

  11. Draven Says:

    I think “Rustling Raccoon” should be the title.

  12. najmi Says:

    Prefers Roaring Ratatouille

  13. Ubuntu 13.04 se llamará 'Raring Ringtail' Says:

    […] a hacer algo… maravilloso, y vamos a llamarlo Raring Ringtail», asegura en el anuncio Mark […]

  14. Bo Dang Ren Says:

    I’d like to bring my Nexus 7 with Ubuntu for Android on it. Too bad I can’t, eh?

  15. Scott Says:

    Ring ring? Ubuntu phones? Seriously? rofl

  16. Jono Bacon Says:

    Wow, try reading that when you have rehydrated on a few rumbustious rustic bRewskies. 🙂

  17. Vegard H Says:

    The funny thing is that raring is also an norwegian word. Translate it to english and it means weird/strange. 😛
    We use the word raring as like “she is so strange (raring)”.

  18. Matthew Hughes Says:

    Was Rambunctious Raccoon not an option?

  19. Leo Says:

    Not only will there be dragons – but also possums.

    This is the marsupial Aussie version of the Ringtail:

    Keep up the good work !

    Cheers from down under.

  20. Ubuntupunk Says:

    I would be raring to go if somebody could explain to me why OSX86 is faster than Pangolin or Quantal on the same kit?

  21. Ubuntu 13.04 “Raring Ringtail” » PortalLinux | PortalLinux Says:

    […] justo sale para descargar Ubuntu 12.10 y Mark Shuttlewoorth, padre de esta gran distribución, en su página oficial nos comenta que Ubuntu 13.04 se llamará “Raring Ringtail” (lemur ansioso o lemur con […]

  22. atomopawn Says:

    What’s a Ringtail? A squirrel? A raccoon? A dragonfly?

  23. » Blog Archive » Ubuntu 13.04 se llamará Raring Ringtail Says:

    […] Shuttleworth, acaba de anunciar en su blog el nombre en clave que llevará la versión 13.04 de […]

  24. Ubuntu 13.04 Codename Announced: Raring Ringtail | Admin Reso Says:

    […] Shuttleworth has announced the codename for the next Ubuntu release (13.04): Raring […]

  25. Andreu Correa Casablanca Says:


    as a Ubuntu user I’m really concerned about Unity’s performance and games performance, specially on ARM processors. At this moment I’m working on x86_64 processors, and I’m hoping for Steam, “Planetary Anihilation” and the next chapter of “Broken Sword” for Linux (I’ve made a “donation” to increase the effort on performance issues). But I’m worried about energy consumption and I want to move to ARM processors when my computers broke in the future. Actually the LLVM Pipe doesn’t work well on ARM processors, what about it?

  26. obrowny Says:

    I was thinking of rasta rabbit because software center and unity were so slow… oupps ! 😉

  27. ElectricPrism Says:

    Can we please start choosing names that give Ubuntu a little bit of dignity. Better yet, just drop the double rhyming noun all together.

  28. El nombre en clave de Ubuntu 13.04 será Raring Ringtail Says:

    […] Shuttleworth anunció ayer el nombre en clave de la futura distribución de Canonical: Ubuntu 13.04 será Raring Ringtail, un […]

  29. Charin Says:

    What does Raring Ringtail mean?

  30. mark Says:


    A word to the less literate: it’s an adjective and a noun. They don’t rhyme, they alliterate.

  31. mark Says:


    Yes, performance is a priority in ringtail, especially in low-power environments. We’re focused on the graphics stack with that goal in mind. The good news is we are working with both the games producers (Valve, Unity) and the silicon vendors. So I’m confident we will nail it.

  32. mark Says:

    @Corfy – I did indeed mean “ringtail raccoon”, so happy birthday in advance 😉

  33. Ubuntu - pomoc | Poznaliśmy nazwę kodową dla Ubuntu 13.04 – Raring Ringtail Says:

    […] W wielkim skrócie i wolnym tłumaczeniu – w najbliższym czasie developerzy Ubuntu spojrzą na system pod kątem parametrów mobilnych jak np. czas pracy na baterii, ponieważ są przekonani, że pomoże im to w podboju telefonów, notebooków a nawet telewizorów. Źródło: Not the Runty Raccoon, the Rufflered Rhino or (even) the Randall Ross […]

  34. Timo Says:

    “”Ringtail” is a common name for tail necrosis in rats and other rodents” — Wikipedia
    Darn… I hope thats not “tail /var/log/syslog” 😉

  35. Ubuntu 13.04 já tem nome: Raring Ringtail | Ubuntued Says:

    […] A nota informativa do Mark Shuttleworth pode ser acedida através de link. […]

  36. Stephan Says:

    Ah, the Regularly Repeating Recurrence whereby Mark names the Result of his Respectable Reverie, and has everyone speaking in Resplendent Rhymes, Repleat with Rolling Alliteration. 🙂

    But, Regardless, I’m thrilled to hear that the Ubuntu base is going to be receiving some TLC. Not because I think that it’s particularly necessary, or beneficial to Ubuntu or the Linux community or anything along those lines. But simply because, as a Kubuntu user, I also use the base, so this move will benefit me much more directly than improvements to… pretty much anything else. Guess I’m just selfish that way. X3

  37. Ubuntu 13.04 Bakal Dinamakan ‘Raring Ringtail’ - Says:

    […] teras, lebih baik kita akan lakukan pada komputer riba dan peranti awan juga.” – MarkRaring bermakna ‘penuh semangat atau kesungguhan’ manakala Ringtail adakah:Sumber: OMG! […]

  38. Alex Says:

    I like the alliteration – a lot. Nice name, well done!

  39. Ankit Tulsyan Says:

    nice name!!
    QUESTION: When you are selecting an adjective and a noun, are unique and undocumented name options high on your consideration list?

  40. Dac Chartrand Says:

    > 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.


    Will install again.

  41. Scott Says:

    Raccoon? Since you’re from Africa, Mark, I naturally assumed you were going for the Ring-tailed Lemur of Madagascar. It looks like King Julian from the Madagascar cartoons.

  42. Sigil_Thane Says:

    I prefered Rampant Ratel myself…

  43. Lesley Says:

    I was hoping for the Raccoon…reminds me of The comic character Rocket Raccoon…Guardian of the Galaxy! Like the focuss, nice balance of show and substance:) Raccoons have excellent hearing….apparently they can hear earthworms underground:). Look forward to the fresh energy of this release

  44. Randall Ross Says:

    Thanks for the mention. Looking forward to working with you and the fabulous community of Ubuntu contributors to make the Raring Ringtail the best (and most widely used) Ubuntu release ever. See you in Copenhagen.

  45. Mr. Cement Says:

    I will still use Ubuntu 12.04, and with Gnome2.

  46. MattiK Says:


    “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.”

    I personally think that Ubuntu should aim to be more attractive platform. It’s how people perceive the operating system is comparable to the way people perceive media formats, such as VHS and DVD discs etc. The operating system differs that OS is seen as the “glue” that has four key interfaces:

    -User interface
    -Storage (file systems and fileformats what the platform uses)
    -Communications (network protocols)
    -Appilication program interface

    In order to be a successful platform, these interfaces should have stability. In practice, these should have backwards compatibility assurance witch spans two LTS releases back. So, for example, when Unity is now in use, it shoud not have big change earlier than 18.04 LTS. Software made to 12.04 LTS should still be a binary compatible with 16.04 LTS etc.

    Red Hat has a very nice document how they promise compatibility:

    Ubuntu desperately need this kind assurances to compatibility and UI stability, to be attractive platform to it’s users. Ubuntu gives at the moment feeling that it is moving target. Peoples (ISVs, consumers, IT managers) don’t want to invest their time and money if everything changes too rapidly.

    When this kind of basics are done, it’s ok to start optimizing.

  47. Andrew Says:

    I’ve been a long time ubuntu user (+6 years) and I just want to say that I love what you guys are doing with Ubuntu. Unity is a much bigger improvement over other UIs and love using it daily. With that said the fact that unity is much slower and that it’s not contributed upstream concerns me. I also feel that a lot of bugs filed in launchpad in ubuntu get ignored because they’re upstream issues or canonical is waiting for them to be fixed upstream without telling them. It would be great if you could address these concerns to make sure that Canonical and Ubuntu remain as great as they are.

  48. mark Says:


    Thanks for the compliments, I’m glad you’re loving Unity. Performance is critical. We’re working with the graphics chip companies, and the game companies, to make it amazing. In 12.10 we needed to accommodate a wider range of hardware than we had previously, so for safety purposes as an interim step we structured things in a way that’s a bit slower under certain (limited) circumstances than it was in 12.04. But this is a bridging step, and we’re confident we’ll have the fastest as well as the slickest experience in due course.

    Also, we’re working with the game companies for a reason – they are bringing their games to Ubuntu. Of course, they care about performance too. So we have every reason to make it amazing.

  49. MattiK Says:


    Hmm.. for me, performance is a good feature, not critical. Related to performance, what I keep important is UI latency. Goog guideline is to keep total latency <1s when user cliks some button. And for scrolling and "real time" data manipulation, <100ms total latency (note for screen update, USB latency etc.) from input to screen is where to target. This kind of work requires optimization and it is important for usability (it is good idea to define hardware requirements based on this kind of measurements). Another thing related to performance, is energy consuption in mobile devices, including laptops, is important.

    Performance optimization on other areas is not important to me. I understand that in software, there is a lot more important things to consider, like reliability.

  50. Tela Africana Says:

    Wish I could be in Copenhagen, unfortunately not this time. I’m also a Ubuntu veteran and like the interface, look forward to seeing it taken to the mobile world!

    @mattik: great post.