Dapper Drake takes first steps
With Breezy Badger out the door, the next version of Ubuntu, titled Dapper Drake, went into production today. Top of the high-level goals for Dapper is for it to be a â€œpolishedâ€ distribution.
According to a missive sent to the Ubuntu development community today by Mark Shuttleworth, Dapper Drake (version 6.4 of the Ubuntu Linux distributions) aims to be \”an extremely polished release, on both the desktop and the server\”.
The exact features and production schedule are to be hammered out at next week\’s Ubuntu Montreal developers conference, which will be attended by some of Linux\’s big names, including Jeff Waugh, Matt Zimmerman and Shuttleworth himself.
Other Dapper high-level goals include software discovery and installation, making it easier to install new software; network-wide enterprise updates for simplified centralised administration; and support for Dapper on mission-critical enterprise servers.
Dapper will be supported for three years on the desktop and five years on the server, which is expected to affect the development cycle.
\”Breezy has had a wonderful reception out in the wild. That was in large part thanks to the sheer number of people who chipped in a little bit of sparkle …you all made Breezy a gem,\” says Shuttleworth. \”Every time I get mail from someone doing something amazing with Breezy my \’Breezy ROCKS\’ counter gets a bump, and I get even more motivated to build a truly free distribution that I can share with pride and confidence. So I\’m really excited about this roadmap. The Drake will take the world by storm.\”
He ends his missive with: \”Be bold. Be professional. Be Dapper.\”