Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Is Codenamed The Xenial Xerus
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 21 October 2015 at 04:54 PM EDT. 12 Comments
Mark Shuttleworth has announced the codename for the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release!

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is codenamed the Xenial Xerus, as the successor to the Wily Werewolf, and the distribution's next Long-Term Support release.

Mark wrote, "What fortunate timing that our next LTS should be X, because “xenial” means “friendly relations between hosts and guests”, and given all the amazing work going into LXD and KVM for Ubuntu OpenStack, and beyond that the interoperability of Ubuntu OpenStack with hypervisors of all sorts, it seems like a perfect fit. And Xerus, the African ground squirrels, are among the most social animals in my home country. They thrive in the desert, they live in small, agile, social groups that get along unusually well with their neighbours (for most mammals, neighbours are a source of bloody competition, for Xerus, hey, collaboration is cool). They are fast, feisty, friendly and known for their enormous… courage. That sounds just about right. With great… courage… comes great opportunity!"

More details on Mark's blog.

Lastly, here's what a Xerus looks like:

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