About Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin
Ubuntu 12.04 was released on the 26th of April 2012, which just so happened to be a Thursday. From there on in, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin provided millions of users all over the world with a free, stable, secure operating system.
Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin was released on 26th April 2012, 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.
Long Term Support
5 Years of support for this release, makes it good for people who don't want to constantly change, or even have to pay for upgrades (shudder), that means fuddy-duddies, businesses, snails, and someone else who i've forgotten
Naming Ubuntu Releases
So the numbers part is easy, 12.04 was released on the 4th month of the 2012. Ubuntu 11.10 was released on the 10th month (October) of 2011. Releases are every six months so the will go 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, 14.04, and so on.
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.
- 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)
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.