[ubuntu-uk] 11.04 Natty Narwhal

David King linuxman at avoura.com
Wed Aug 18 22:07:40 BST 2010

With a name like that, how long before the media call it the NUTTY Narwhal?


Worse name ever for an Ubuntu release.

Calling any product Natty is a recipe for disaster.

They could have chosen something more positive, such as Nimble Nightingale.

David King

Jonathon Fernyhough wrote:
> On 17 August 2010 19:44, Laura Czajkowski <laura at lczajkowski.com> wrote:
>> Aloha,
>> Thought folks might be interested to know that 11.04 will be the Natty
>> Narwhal http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/478
>> Laura
>> --
> Easy steps to make your product fail:
> 1) Give it a name only the developers would understand in its proper
> context, e.g. GIMP.
> 2) ???
> 3) Profit!
> *cough* Sorry.
> 2) Promote the product via this name (or codename).
> 3) Wonder why the general public (general ignorant audience) don't
> jump on board when they think the name sounds unprofessional or just
> plain stupid (e.g. GIMP).
> 4) Resist all urges by your community to change the name as there's
> nothing wrong with it.
> If you read this far, thank you. The point I think I'm trying to make
> is that Canonical seems to be wandering further and further off into
> obscure yet geeky-cool naming schemes. Let's look at them shall we?
> Warty Warthog. Fine. It was warty. Makes sense, warthog. Warts. Fine.
> Hoary Hedgehog. Familiar animal, hairy so mature. OK I guess.
> Breezy Badger. Easy breezy. Nice and simple. Badger is a dependable
> creature. Good name.
> Dapper Drake. Dapper, polished. Good. LTS. Drake? It's a male duck.
> Umm. They like to gang rape female ducks? Or do you mean a flying
> dragon?
> Edgy Eft. Edgy, damned right it was. WTF is an Eft?
> Feisty Fawn. Bit musty and mouldy? Grovelling about on the floor? Oh,
> wait, you mean eager? And a deer? An eager deer?
> Gutsy Gibbon. Gutsy, fine. Strong. Gibbon, fine, intelligent, mobile,
> sociable etc.
> Hardy Heron. Hardy, strong, LTS. Good name for an LTS. Heron, patient.
> Good name.
> Intrepid Ibex. Breaking new ground, Ibex is a call back to Ubuntu
> origin. Good name.
> Jaunty Jackalope. OK, here we go. A fictional creature that's a bit
> sure of itself.
> Karmic Koala. Karmic as in it has reached nirvana? I'm not sure Karmic
> was /that/ good. Koalas eat eucalyptus; was that a package introduced?
> Elastic computing thing?
> Lucid Lynx. Clear-minded wildcat. Umm. Not exactly a dependable
> creature for an LTS, then.
> Maverick Meerkat. Advert tie-in. Simples. Was any new ground broken? I
> can't really think of any, indicator was introduced in Lucid. Oh wait,
> the window button positions. That's ground-breaking, obviously.
> Natty Narwhal. Oh come on.
> >From WordNet (r) 2.0 :
>   dapper
>        adj : marked by smartness in dress and manners; "a dapper young
>              man"; "a jaunty red hat" [syn: dashing, jaunty, natty,
>               raffish, rakish, smart, spiffy, snappy, spruce]
> Dapper, Jaunty, Natty? Well, at least that's the codenames for R and S
> sorted (I'm going to bet now on Raffish and Spiffy).
> >From WordNet (r) 2.0 :
>   narwhal
>        n : small arctic whale the male having a long spiral ivory tusk
>            [syn: narwal, narwhale, Monodon monoceros]
> Monodon. Monoceros. Those are good names. Sound powerful, hints of
> rhinoceros (and Ubuntu again). Oh, wait, we've already had M in 10.10.
> Raffish Rhinoceros for 13.04, anyone? Nah, rhinoceros is too well
> known. It would have to be something like Raffish Roach (that's right,
> it's a fish, but people will think it's a cockroach. Perfect!).
> Enough ranting. I'll leave you with this:
> >From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
>   narwhal
>     it is called also sea unicorn, unicorn fish,
>        and unicorn whale.
> Jonathon
> Oh, if 13.04 is Raffish Roach do I get a prize?

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