Ubuntu 17.10 Is Code-named Artful Aardvark

Stop wondering! Ubuntu 17.10 codename is indirectly revealed. It will be called Artful Aardvark.

Most Ubuntu users, if not all, know the logic behind the codename and versioning of Ubuntu releases. All Ubuntu releases are codenamed with two words, both starting with the same letter.

The first word of the codename is an adjective and the second word is usually an endangered species and sometimes mythical characters.

One more interesting fact is that these code names are in incremental order. So if Ubuntu 16.04 was called Xenial Xerus, the next releases 16.10 was codenamed Yakkety Yak (Y after X).

Last release Ubuntu 17.04 had the codename Zesty Zapus. This left people wondering about the next release’s codename. Quite obviously it had to be something with starting with A as we go back to the beginning of the alphabet.

Artful Aardvark

Unlike previous times, there has been no official announcement of the codename on Ubuntu’s founder Mark Shuttleworth’s blog. However, the new codename has been spotted on this launchpad page.

Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark

A new repository has been created in the same name to begin the development process. So it is safe to say that the codename of Ubuntu 17.10 is Artful Aardvark.

Now let’s take a deeper look at codename. I guess you already know that artful means full of art or skill. However, there are greater chances that you don’t know what Aardvark is. At least I didn’t know it.

As per Wikipedia, Aardvark is a “medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal native to Africa”. Colloquially, it is called African Ant Eater.

Aardvark: African Ant Eater

Aardvark: African Ant Eater

A fun fact about Aardvark. Did you know that it is one of the species that survived the ice age? You might have noticed it in the animated movie series Ice Age.

Aardvark survived Ice Age

Aardvark survived Ice Age

I’ll be updating this page with more details about Ubuntu 17.10 release date, features and other development news as they occur. Keep watching this page.

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