ubuntu versions

Benjamin Drung bdrung at ubuntu.com
Wed Nov 9 19:25:21 UTC 2011

Am Montag, den 07.11.2011, 11:22 -0500 schrieb Jeremy Bicha:
> On 7 November 2011 10:23, Randall Ross <randall at executiv.es> wrote:
> >> In fact, code names shouldn't really be displayed to users at all after
> >> final release, only version numbers.
> >
> > +1 for that.
> >
> > In the local-non-technical-non-power user community, the pre-release names
> > generate a lot of confusion. I've seen many new Ubuntu product consumers
> > bewildered by development code names.
> -1
> A Mac user may not know what OS X version they are running but if they
> do, I believe they are more likely to know the animal name and not the
> version number.
> Animal names (and the associated alphabet letter) are inherently more
> memorable for most users than a string of numbers. In an effort to
> make things simpler to users, we are actually making it more
> difficult. And at least Ubuntu's names are alphabetical making it easy
> to tell that the Ocelot is newer than the Lynx, unlike other operating
> systems.
> If on the other hand, we are in fact targeting the corporate world and
> not consumers, a conservative 12.10 version may sound more appealing
> than a quirky quadruped.

Why don't we use both (version with codename) when possible? Then the
user can decide what to remember.

Benjamin Drung
Debian & Ubuntu Developer
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