Ubuntu 14.10 will be known as Utopic Unicorn.
No kidding! You read it correct. It’s Unicorn. The mythical creature loved by many as a kid and perhaps later as well. Mark Shuttleworth announced the code name for Ubuntu 14.10 on his blog. Mark reasoned:
…let’s make something amazing. Something unified and upright, something about which we can be universally proud. And since we’re getting that once-every-two-years chance to make fresh starts and dream unconstrained dreams about what the future should look like, we may as well go all out and give it a dreamlike name. Let’s get going on the utopic unicorn.
Trivia about Ubuntu naming convention
If you did not know already, Ubuntu code naming follows the tradition of “adjective animal” i.e. the first word of the code name is an adjective and the other one an animal. And both words in the code name starts with the same letter. Also, the code names are in alphabetical order (starting from version 6) this is why we had Raring Ringtail (Ubuntu 13.04), Saucy Salamander (13.10) and Trusty Tahr (14.04). Read the full naming convention of Ubuntu here.
This is a question which is bothering me. You see, the animal in Ubuntu’s code name is an attempt to draw attention to lesser known and endangered animals that are on the verge of extinction. Unicorn, if it refers to the mythical horse-like creature with one horn on its forehead, is an already extinct (or better, never existent) animal.
I hope that Ubuntu 14.10 does not turn in to myth What you think of Ubuntu 14.10 code name?