The mouse that jumped

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The naming of Ubuntu releases is, of course, purely metaphorical. We are a diverse community of communities – we are an assembly of people interested in widely different things (desktops, devices, clouds and servers) from widely different backgrounds (hello, world) and with widely different skills (from docs to design to development, and those are just the d’s).

As we come to the end of the alphabet, I want to thank everyone who makes this fun. Your passion and focus and intellect, and occasionally your sharp differences, all make it a privilege to be part of this body incorporate.

Right now, Ubuntu is moving even faster to the centre of the cloud and edge operations. From AWS to the zaniest new devices, Ubuntu helps people get things done faster, cleaner, and more efficiently, thanks to you. From the launch of our kubernetes charms which make it very easy to operate k8s everywhere, to the fun people seem to be having with snaps at for shipping bits from cloud to top of rack to distant devices, we love the pace of change and we change the face of love.

We are a tiny band in a market of giants, but our focus on delivering free software freely together with enterprise support, services and solutions appears to be opening doors, and minds, everywhere. So, in honour of the valiantly tiny leaping long-tailed over the obstacles of life, our next release which will be Ubuntu 17.04, is hereby code named the ‘Zesty Zapus’.


4 Responses to “The mouse that jumped”

  1. Silvio Says:

    Here’s an idea for you… Make an app for iphone and android that allows to sync. control and access your ubuntu desktop securely from anywhere. Transfer photos and videos and send sms from your ubuntu desktop when you’re at home. Other functionalities will probably arise… Sell it for 2 bucks on the app stores. Who wouldn’t buy it? I certainly would!!!

  2. Wynand Meyering Says:

    Dear Mark Shuttleworth,

    Why don’t you start naming Ubuntu versions Ubuntu 2018, Ubuntu 2019, Ubuntu 2020, Ubuntu 2021 it will make a massive difference in people’s perceptions about Ubuntu and start a buzz about the Operating System?

  3. Wynand Meyering Says:

    I mean lets say you release every year August a new official version of Ubuntu. For example this August you release Ubuntu 2018 and next year August 2018 you release Ubuntu 2019, have you got any idea how exciting it will be for people to rush to download and upgrade their entire operating system to the new version? It is just a totally different atmosphere that exists by August 2017, August 2018, August 2019 … and during the year you can release updated versions say 2017.1, 2017.2, 2017.3 etc.

  4. Alexander Trauzzi Says:

    Would love to see more documentation, anecdotes and evidence of mindshare for juju, snapcraft, etc… First thing that comes to mind is “what can this do for me?”

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