Ubuntu will introduce Jaunty Jackalope in April 2009 according to Mark Shuttleworth, the guy behind the Ubuntu Environment (and Canonical as well); JJ will be the following release after October's Intrepid Ibex and will be the first one to use a mythical creature's name.
A Jackalope is the name given to a legendary creature, also called the Antelabbit or Stagbunny, and is said to be a cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope, goat or dear.
In an email sent to developers, Shuttleworth made it clear that he wants JJ to run both local applications and cloud SaaS as seamlessly as possible in order to give Windows, Mac OS and fellow Linux Distributions, a run for their money and with particular emphasis on boot/resume time.
JJ's code will also be moved into the Bazaar source code control system in order to get more developers to collaborate on the project in a bid to make Jaunty Jackalope as fast and as blurry as the eponymous animal.
Shuttleworth added : "The bar is set very high, and we have been given the opportunity to leap over it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to shine, and we want to make sure that the very best thinking across the whole open-source ecosystem is reflected in Ubuntu, because many people will judge free software as a whole by what we do."
The October 2009 will probably be an Australian-themed animal with Kind Koala or Kicking Kangaroo.