Well its official SABDFL (Mark Shuttleworth) announced today the new codename for Ubuntu which will be released on the 19th of April 2007. Ubuntu 7.04 will be called the “Feisty Fawn” and here are the reasons to quote Mark’s email announcement:
With the final release of Ubuntu 6.10 approaching, and apparently set to be spot on schedule October 26th, we’re starting to look beyond it to Ubuntu 7.04, scheduled for release on 19 April 2007. In the next cycle we’ll expand on the brand new infrastructure that has landed in Edgy as well as branching out in some exciting new directions. This combination of courage and restlessness is also found in a young deer that sets out to explore a world that is new and exciting – seeing the world through eyes unprejudiced by what has gone before. In that spirit, the release will be be code named “The Feisty Fawn”.
The main themes for feature development in this release will be improvements to hardware support in the laptop, desktop and high-end server market, and aggressive adoption of emerging desktop technologies. Ubuntu’s Feisty release will put the spotlight on multimedia enablement and desktop effects.
Now I’m all excited by a new release and its time to start cranking out documentation 🙂 Again 😦 but really did Edgy Eft meet its goals?
So dream a little about Xen for virtualisation, Xgl/AIGLX and other wonderful wobbly window bits, the goodness of Network Manager, a first flirt with multiarch support for true mixed 32-bit and 64-bit computing on AMD64, the interesting possibilities of the SMART package manager… and other pieces of infrastructure which have appeared tantalisingly on the horizon.
And yet I don’t we are making most of these changes. I don’t think Xen is going in by default, Xgl/AIGLX isn’t by default and Ubuntu won’t have the Edgy artwork that has been in development.
I know we are supposed to dream big w/ Ubuntu and especially Edgy Eft, but I think too many outside of the core-dev group dreamed big goals and maybe bigger goals then those core-devs did. Edgy Eft is great, new infrastructure, new artwork/theme for Kubuntu, but over all I think a lot of people are going to be disappointed.
Will that happen in Feisty Fawn as well? If we are looking to put the spotlight on multimedia enablement will that mean Ubuntu/Canonical will reach some licensing agreement on mp3? I doubt that… I don’t know how much further improvement will happen in the laptop area, I know a ton already has but should there be more? Kubuntu is using a new power manger that works very well…
I guess we will ahve to wait and see how the Fawn shapes out, but here’s hoping it will be great…. And I love getting back on 6 month development 🙂