Ubuntu 24.04 will be called Noble Numbat

Image of a Numbat

Canonical's next release already has a name and returns to real animals, more specifically marsupials. Ubuntu 24.04 will be called Noble Numbat.

The numbat or (Myrmecobius fasciatus) for friends, It is an endangered marsupial that lives in remote regions of southwestern Australia.

Ubuntu 24.04 will be called Noble Numbat

If Myrmecobius fasciatus seemed like a mouthful to you, know that the person in charge of announcing the new name was Utkarsh Gupta who on the mailing list communicated:

We are pleased to announce that Noble Numbat is now open for development. Automatic sync has been activated and will run shortly. As usual, we expect a large influx of builds and autopkgtests in this
initial period, which will cause delays. Please help with fixing any errors that occur.

In the same email, the work schedule that began on Thursday, October 26 was announced. It will not have any important milestone until December 28, where a week of optional testing will begin.

2024 gives us one more day and it will be used by Ubuntu developers to mark the end of importing packages from Debian. One week later another optional week of testing will begin.

In March, changes to the user interface (21), modifications to documentation and the incorporation of new functions to the Linux kernel (28) will also be frozen.

Of course, April, the launch month, is the month that will have the most intense workload since:

On April 1 (English equivalent to April Fool's Day) the incorporation of improvements to hardware support and changes to the beta version ends. After three days Ubuntu and all official derivatives must release their beta version.

After April 11, core modifications are frozen and no more translations outside of language packs are accepted.

A week later, derivatives that wish to do so can release a candidate version. No further modifications to the distribution or changes to language packs are accepted.

This brings us to April 25 where we can download the new version with extended support for 5 years.

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