Ubuntu’s declining popularity was a hot topic on the Internet recently, with a number of sites using Distrowatch's annual web rankings to ring alarm bells for the popular Linux distro. But there were those who looked askance at these reports -- and quite rightly so, accusing them of grossly exaggerating the extent of Ubuntu’s alleged decline. Whatever be the true extent of its decline, the fact is Ubuntu is still a very popular Linux distro and Canonical will have another chance of redeeming itself with Precise Pangolin in a few months’ time.
A day after the world’s most popular desktop Linux distro turned seven, Canonical announced a new support policy for its LTS (long-term support) releases, which are released every two years. Beginning with the release of Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) in April, 2012, Canonical will support LTS releases for desktops users for five years instead of the current three years.
Coming up with placeholder names for upcoming Ubuntu releases is an exercise in celebration of our rock’s biodiversity. It therefore carries great responsibility. Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth, though, seems to relish this challenge. Last week, he announced the code name of the next Ubuntu LTS (long term) release, which is scheduled for next April. Using its time-honored adjective-animal naming convention, Canonical has arrived at the name “Precise Pangolin” for Ubuntu 12.04.