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How are release codenames chosen?

I'm not sure if there is a particular naming convention with Ubuntu. To give an example, Apple uses big cats, Microsoft uses numbers.

"Jaunty Jackalope" and "Natty Narwhal" are creative names. I'm wondering who chooses them? Is there a pattern or something similar?

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The names are a combination of an adjective and an animal name with the same first letter. The names are alphabetical, so after Natty Narwhal (11.04) comes Oneiric Ocelot (11.10). After that comes P.P, which is scheduled for release in April 2012, and will therefore get the version number 12.04.

Since it is possible that a release has to be delayed, it is possible that the version number will change. The Dapper Drake, for instance, was initially scheduled for April 2006, but it had to be delayed two months, so it became 6.06 instead. In that way, it's nice to have alphabetical code names. Since 12.04 hasn't been given a name yet, some people are referring to it as "The P-cycle". The Ubuntu Developer Summits are also named like that: UDS-P for instance, is where planning of 12.04 will take place.

Mark Shuttleworth comes up with these names.

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Mark Shuttleworth chooses them I believe. He doesn't come up with them. –  Thomas Boxley Aug 21 '11 at 3:34
    
Ok. Who does? It would be interesting to know. –  Jo-Erlend Schinstad Aug 21 '11 at 5:27
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Anyone. There's a page on the wiki that people can add their name suggestions to. –  Thomas Boxley Aug 21 '11 at 6:16
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There's a good article about it at this link - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DevelopmentCodeNames - which explains the system, such as it is, and which includes a list of the names that have been given so far.

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