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Ubuntu Likes October Better.

So while working on remembering how the human body is supposed to move, I realized something that will haunt me forever as an Ubuntu user and remix developer. I come here with a simple question for Canonical, why do the x.10 releases almost ALWAYS have the better names?

Accident? Because the first whole Ubuntu release was in October (4.10)? Or am I just looking to hard into this because I am 99% sure someone at Debian who knew I finally got a package working stole my nervous system while I was asleep, and I woke up at 4:40 AM with pains comparable to being shot in the liver while giving birth for 2 hours packed into 5 minutes?

Who cares! Let's just prove x.10 names are better than the x.04 names.

Note: This is all 100% personal preference and just meant to be done for fun! Don't take anything I say seriously.

Let's set the scene

Ubuntu has a place where they have all the code names listed in a nice neat little thing! Using this I will confirm my theory by writing out every x.10 release name and every x.04 release name in a table which I may or may not have put below.

Descending by oldest to newest, with a preference for that 10 / 04 release pair.

x.10 names x.10 version # x.04 names x.04 version # My Preference
Warty Warthog 4.10 Hoary Hedgehog 5.04 10
Breezy Badger 5.10 Dapper Drake 6.06 10
Edgy Eft 6.10 Feisty Fawn 7.04 10
Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 Hardy Heron 8.04 10
Intrepid Ibex 8.10 Jaunty Jackalope 9.04 04
Karmic Koala 9.10 Lucid Lynx 10.04 04
Maverick Meerkat 10.10 Natty Narwhal 11.04 04
Oneiric Ocelot 11.10 Precice Pangaloin 12.04 10
Quantal Quetzal 12.10 Raring Ringtale 13.04 04
Saucy Salamandar 13.10 Trusty Tahr 14.04 10
Utopic Unicorn 14.10 Vivid Vervet 15.04 10
Wily Werewolf 15.10 Xenial Xerus 16.04 10
Yakkety Yak 16.10 Zesty Zapus 17.04 10
Aardvark Aardvark 17.10 Bionic Bever 18.04 04
Cosmic Cuddlefish 18.10 Disco Dingo 19.04 10
Eoan Ermine 19.10 Focal Fossa 20.04 04
Groovy Gorilla 20.10 N/A N/A 10

04 Preference Count: 6
10 Preference Count: 11

I will reference every year by the 10's title (adjective) because 4.10 came first so they get the name setup. Because before why we talk about why my preference, I need to talk about the distros themselves too.


Cycle Adjective Pref Short answer
Warty 10 Warty is just a fun word to say
Breezy 10 Easy and sane name. Also, 6.06 isn't 04 (/s).
Edgy 10 Heh heh word "edgy" funny!
Gutsy 10 Gibbon is a fun insult
Intrepid 04 "Intrepid Ibex"... what's an Ibex!?
Karmic 04 Lucid Lynx is a wonderful name
Maverick 04 I just prefer the word natty
Oneiric 10 Neither really won, but I picked 10 because I like it better
Quantal 04 Raring Ringtail hits
Utopic 10 Utopia is dystopia... so Dictator Unicorns
Wily 10 I wish it could have been Coyotee, oh well
Yakkety 10 Yakkety Yak Yak Yakkety Yakkety...
Aardvark 04 Aardvark Aardvark... no.
Eoan 04 Eoan is hard to spell.
Groovy 10 No competition. Literally

The 10 names more often than not make sense, and only twice did 04 win because it was "better" (Natty and Raring) while the rest won because just slightly easier to remember/spell.

This is scientific proof that Canonical prefers the October releases.

... took me an hour to write this mess.

Discussion (2)

geraldew profile image

Just checking, you do know it's "gutsy" not "gusty"?

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Loralighte Author

Yes, sorry it was a typo I didn't know I made