Canonical Gives Ubuntu 11.10 Codename 'Oneiric Ocelot'

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has revealed the codename for the follow-up to the 'Natty Narwhal' Ubuntu 11.04, which is due for release soon.

Shuttleworth announced that the Ubuntu 11.10 Long Term Support (LTS) version is to be known as ‘Oneiric Ocelot’. The open source operating system will be launched in October this year. The Ubuntu 11.04, or Natty Narwhal, is expected to be launched sometime in April.

While announcing the new codename, Shuttleworth stressed that it was critical to make some decisions on the type of cloud platform that will be supported by future versions of Ubuntu.

"In the cloud, we'll have to tighten up and make some firm decisions about the platforms we can support for 12.04 LTS," he said without offering his own opinion. Shuttleworth explained that the topic will be discussed during the upcoming Ubuntu Developer Summit in Budapest in May.

"UDS in Budapest will be full of feisty debate on that front, I'm sure, but I'm equally sure we can reach a pragmatic consensus and start to focus our energies on delivering the platform for widespread cloud computing on free and flexible terms," he said.

The upcoming Ubuntu 11.04 will come with support for clouds based on the OpenStack and Eucalyptus infrastructures.