Mark Shuttleworth has just announced the codename for the upcoming Ubuntu release: Ubuntu 12.10 will be called Quantal Quetzal.
If you don't know what a Quetzal is (I didn't), here's a quote from Wikipedia:
Quetzals are strikingly colored birds in the trogon family. They are found in forests and woodlands, especially in humid highlands, with the five species from the genus Pharomachrus being exclusively Neotropical, while the single Euptilotis species is almost entirely restricted to western Mexico.
Besides the new code name, Mark Shuttleworth also speaks about the plans for the upcoming releases, including the typography, a refreshed look and also, he mentions that Ubuntu will stick with Upstart and won't switch to SystemD:
From a styling point of view, we think in terms of quadruples: this next release starts a cycle of four, which will culminate in 14.04 LTS. So there’s an opportunity to refresh the look. That will kick off with a project on typography to make sure we are expressing ourselves with crystal clarity – making the most of Ubuntu’s Light and Medium font weights for a start. And a project on iconography, with the University of Reading, to refine the look of apps and interfaces throughout the platform.
More info @ http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/1121.
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