Apr 2, 2010

Ubuntu 10.10 - Maverick Meerkat

Mark Shuttleworth has just announced the mascot name for Ubuntu 10.10 - Maverick Meerkat.

Mark writes:
Our mascot for 10.10 is the Maverick Meerkat.

This is a time of change, and we’re not afraid to surprise people with a bold move if the opportunity for dramatic improvement presents itself. We want to put Ubuntu and free software on every single consumer PC that ships from a major manufacturer, the ultimate maverick move. We will deliver on time, but we have huge scope for innovation in what we deliver this cycle. Once we have released the LTS we have plenty of room to shake things up a little. Let’s hear the best ideas, gather the best talent, and be a little radical in how we approach the next two year major cycle.

Meerkats are, of course, light, fast and social – everything we want in a Perfect 10. We’re booting really fast these days, but the final push remains. Changes in the toolchain may make us even faster for every application. We’re Social from the Start, but we could get even more tightly connected, and we could bring social features into even more applications. 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.
Meerkats - like Ubuntu they are light, fast and social.

Read the entire post here: http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/336


  1. I wonder how many posts we're going to get from now on featuring a certain Russian meerkat...

  2. Instead of looking for new mascots for 10.10 when even 10.04 isnt arrived, they and esp. Shuttleworth should take care of users opinion and restore windows buttons to the right.

  3. Nickedynick -> I have no idea what you're talking about???

    insanelyapplepie -> Well, the new mascot is always announced around this time. I also dislike the new window button position, but that matter is set in stone for this release - you can cry, but it won't change. OMG what a bad choice.

  4. I've come to realize ubuntu is becoming a dictatorship. If it keeps going this way, someone WILL fork the project. Mark needs to accept that if it's about community, then you need to compromise and LISTEN to the community. The name is great, but the plan to use something as backward and stupid as GNOME Shell is just insulting and ridiculous.

    What about users who want to use ubuntu on older hardware? What about our already customized panel+compiz setups? What about the fact that GNOME Shell sucks for a million reason we can find on the forums???

  5. I like the new name. I also like having the restore window buttons on the left. It's not hard to get used to.