Ubuntu in its own words


Ubuntu 10.04 is now about five weeks away, which means the announcement of Lucid+1 (our vote is still for Manky Monkey) is around the corner. To kill the time between now and the announcement of what's to come in the next version, we decided to take a look at the keywords used to describe previous Ubuntu releases to see how priorities have changed over the years

So, making use of the excellent Wordle, we made word clouds out of the release announcements from Dapper Drake through to Lucid Lynx - the bigger each word appears, the more it was mentioned. Can you guess which one is which? To make things a little more interesting, we've removed the Ubuntu distro code names (Dapper, etc), which means you'll have to use your cunning to figure it out. To make things even more interesting, we've included five other OS announcement word clouds after the Ubuntus - can you figure them out too?

The first person to correctly guess all the word clouds wins a free internet. We'll post the correct answers in a few days. Good luck!

Ubuntu word clouds

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Other OS word clouds

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Wild guess!

This is the best I could come up with on my 15 min break:

Ubuntu releases

1) Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft)
2) Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron)
3) Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)
4) Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)
5) Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)
6) Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx)
7) Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake)
8) Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)
9) Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)

Other OSs:

1) Windows XP
2) Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6)
3) Windows 7
4) Mac OS X
5) Windows Vista

A free internet what?

A free internet what?


When I said:

1) Windows XP

It was for the first official retail release version October 25, 2001 . . . whatever they meant by "gold" code. That's my best guess.

clarification 2

Oh and when I say:

2) Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6)

It is most likely this specific version:

Mac OS X Server v10.6 Snow Leopard

our vote is still for Manky Monkey

My vote is still for Mammoth Mammoth :p though I like Mankey Monkey too :)

Ubuntu Lucid+1

Being a Yank, I'd say Mad Moose would go over well with certain segments of the American populace. Whether they know what Linux is, on the other hand, may be a matter for debate...

Mickey Mouse? If Disney

Mickey Mouse? If Disney says it's OK.
or Mini Mouse - make it small and fast
i do like Mad Moose

Obvious 80's Kids TV Show Ref.


Marvellous Marmoset.
Mischievous Mongoose.
Monumental Mouse.
Microscopic Mole.
Misunderstood Moomin...

PS: Sorry for going off topic but...

...the actual competition seemed too hard.

Clarification on the prize?

'A free internet' - is that free as in 'beer' or free as in 'speech'? Either way, that's going to take a bit of sorting out!

@ "A free internet what?"

One free internets. It's a meme.

I think it'll be called

I think it'll be called Maverick Meerkat.

To be very frank...I have

To be very frank...I have not the slightest clue what this is all about!

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