Ubuntu 14.10 has been released and it’s time to look up to the development of next Ubuntu release which is Ubuntu 15.04. As always, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth announced the code name of the upcoming Ubuntu 15.04 release on his blog and it’s been named Vivid Vervet.
If you did not know already, each Ubuntu release is codenamed in two word starting from same alphabet. Out of these two, first is an adjective and the second is, mostly, an endangered species. These alphabets are also in ascending order. Ubuntu 14.04 was Trusty Tahr (i.e. T), 14.10 was Utopic Unicorn (U) and now 15.04 is named Vivid Vervet, starting with letter V.
Vervet is an ‘old world’ monkey that is mostly found in South Africa. Considering Ubuntu’s aim of entering mobile OS world along with desktop, the choice of selecting Vervet monkey as the mascot is explained by Mark as following:
In my favourite places, the smartest thing around is a particular kind of monkey. Vexatious at times, volant and vogie at others, a vervet gets in anywhere and delights in teasing cats and dogs alike. As the upstart monkey in this business I can think of no better mascot. And so let’s launch our vicenary cycle, our verist varlet, the Vivid Vervet!
Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your preference, Ubuntu 15.04 will not have either Mir or Unity 8 by default but you should expect some new features for sure, if not plenty.