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What criteria is used to select an Ubuntu release codename, and who is ultimately responsible for the decision?

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The Ubuntu Wiki has lots of information about the naming system at According to Mark Shuttleworth, the "Adjective Animal" system started as a joke and stuck. It's Mark that announces the new names, usually on his blog at

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Here is quite a detailed description of the history as well as numerous suggestions for future releases.

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