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About Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

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Ubuntu 13.10 was released on the 17th of October 2013. This newer version of Ubuntu replaces 13.04 as the latest release, and is available alongside the LTS release, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin.


Release Date

Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander was released on 17th of October 2013, and future releases will reoccur every 6 months (you can upgrade as easily as updating, it just takes a little longer) in April and October.

Support

Ubuntu 13.10 is the first version to have only 9 months of support, with previous releases offering 18 months as a minimum. This comes after the upgrade to five years of support of the last LTS release, Ubuntu 12.04.

Naming Ubuntu Releases

Numbers

So the numbers part is easy, 12.04 was released on the 4th month of the 2012. Ubuntu 13.10 was released on the 10th month (October) of 2013. Releases are every six months so the will go 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, 14.04, and so on.

Adjectives

The first letter of the adjectives always match that of the animals. Like the animals, these are usually lesser known, obscure, or infamous in dome way.

Past Releases

  • Ubuntu 4.10 (Warty Warthog)
  • Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog)
  • Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake)
  • Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft)
  • Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)
  • Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron)
  • Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)
  • Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)
  • Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx)
  • Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)
  • Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal)
  • Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)
  • Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal)
  • Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail)
  • Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander)

Animals

A Pangolin is a nocturnal scaly anteater, or Trenggiling, and is a mammal of the order Pholidota. One of eight species, but with no other families (Manidae) or genera (Manis), Pangolins have large keratin scales covering their skin and are the only mammals with this adaptation. They are found in tropical regions of Africa and Asia. The name "pangolin" derives from the Malay word pengguling ("something that rolls up"). Ubuntu release have always had the code-naming convention of an animal name as the second part, preceded by an adjective beginning with the same letter. Apart from the first two releases (back in 2004/5), they have been working through the alphabet (starting at B and missing C).

While the animals honored in this way are not necessarily unheard of, many of them are either uncommon or infamous in some way. I would be surprised if most people could tell me what an Eft or an Ibex was. Or a Narwhal, or an Ocelot. For the curious amongst you, i will save you some googling. An Eft is a kind of Red Newt, whereas and Ibex is a mountain goat. A Narwhal is a kind of Unicorned Whale (no, really, they live in the arctic). A Ocelotis a wild cat, like a small leopard. Some people keep them as pets.

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