Right after the few days of Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu has revealed the code name of Ubuntu 18.04 and it’s release date too. Ubuntu’s founder Mark Shuttleworth has dropped the codename of Ubuntu 18.04 and it will go out as a Bionic Beaver.
Let’s dig into the meaning of Bionic Beaver:
Bionice means “having artificial body parts, especially electromechanical ones” and Beaver means “large, primarily nocturnal, semiaquatic rodent. Castor includes two extant species, the North American beaver and Eurasian beaver. Beavers are known for building dams, canals, and lodges”.
In a post to his blog, Mark Shuttleworth wrote:
“It’s builders that we celebrate – the people that build our upstream applications and packages, the people who build Ubuntu, and the people who build on Ubuntu. In honour of that tireless toil, our mascot this cycle is a mammal known for its energetic attitude, industrious nature and engineering prowess. We give it a neatly nerdy 21st century twist in honour of the relentless robots running Ubuntu Core. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you 18.04 LTS, the Bionic Beaver.”
Here is the timeline for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:
- 30th November: Feature Definition Freeze
- 4th January: Alpha 1 release
- 1st February: Alpha 2 release
- 1st March: Feature Freeze
- 8th March: First beta release
- 5th April: Final beta release
- 19th April: Final Freeze
- 26th April: Stable Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release