Mark Shuttleworth has announced the codename of the Ubuntu release after Lucid Lynx today. In a post in his blog, Shuttleworth announced that Ubuntu 10.10 will be called “Maverick Meerkat“.
This is what Shuttleworth wrote regarding the reason for choosing Meerkat:
Meerkats are, of course, light, fast and social everything we want in a Perfect 10. Meerkats are family-oriented, and we aspire to having Ubuntu being the safe and efficient solution for all the family netbooks. They are also clever meerkats teach one another new skills. And that’s what makes this such a great community.
According to the blog post, Ubuntu 10.10 is going to continue with the push for faster boot time and is also going to focus on the social networking features they are introding in Lucid Lynx. Shuttleworth also mentioned that Ubuntu 10.10 is going to be more netbook friendly.
If you do not know what a meerkat is, here is a description from Wikipedia:
The meerkat or suricate Suricata suricatta, a small mammal, is a member of the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a “mob”, “gang” or “clan”. A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some superfamilies have 50 or more members. Meerkats have an average life span of 12-14 years.