The Intrepid Ibex; Bring It On

Well, it is announced. Mark delivered the news:

With Hardy now past feature-freeze it’s time to start to plan features that are being lined up for inclusion after Ubuntu 8.04 LTS is released in April.

And so I’d like to introduce you to the Intrepid Ibex, the release which is planned for October 2008, and which is likely to have the version number 8.10.

During the 8.10 cycle we will be venturing into interesting new territory, and we’ll need the rugged adventurousness of a mountain goat to navigate tricky terrain. Our desktop offering will once again be a focal point as we re-engineer the user interaction model so that Ubuntu works as well on a high-end workstation as it does on a feisty little subnotebook. We’ll also be reaching new peaks of performance – aiming to make the mobile desktop as productive as possible.

A particular focus for us will be pervasive internet access, the ability to tap into bandwidth whenever and wherever you happen to be. No longer will you need to be a tethered, domesticated animal – you’ll be able to roam (and goats do roam!) the wild lands and access the web through a variety of wireless technologies. We want you to be able to move from the office, to the train, and home, staying connected all the way.

The Intrepid Ibex will take shape at our next Ubuntu Developer Summit, an open event to which members of the Ubuntu community, upstream communities, corporate developers and other distributions are all invited. That summit takes place in beautiful Prague, in the Czech Republic from 19th – 23rd May 2008. Together we will draw up detailed blueprints for Ubuntu 8.10. Please join us there to help define the Intrepid Ibex:

Ubuntu 8.10 will be our ninth release, and the fourth anniversary of the first release – 4.10. In those four years, Ubuntu has grown as a project, an ethos and a community. The Ubuntu community have worked to set the benchmark for open, inclusive, and collaborative development processes. We have open specifications, open governance structures and a willingness to empower everyone to make their unique contribution to the success of the project.

This has created an extraordinary diversity in participation; a depth of talent including packagers, programmers, translators, writers, testers, advocates, technical support, artists and many others. Those contributions come as much from the corporate world – Canonical and other companies that have embraced Ubuntu as a core of their offering – as from a huge number of individual professionals. It is this combination of expertise and perspectives that makes it such a pleasure for me to be part of this project, and I thank all of you for your continued passion, participation, and energy.

Hardy is our best development cycle yet, delivering on our promise of reliability and stability for the Heron. We must stay focused on that goal. To the extent that you have a brilliant idea for the future, you now have a peg to hang it on – the Intrepid Ibex. When the Hardy Heron has taken flight we will engage fully with the Ibex. Give it horns!

The Intrepid Ibex is coming, and I am extremely excited about it, and so should all of you.

This leads me onto the Ubuntu Developer Summit that Mark outlined in his post – this event is critical in the Ubuntu release cycle, and is open to everyone to attend. It should be stressed that a UDS is a technical discussion event, it is not a conference with presentations and people waving their hands around – it is rooms full of Ubuntu developers discussing the next release, community processes, plans and direction for the Intrepid Ibex. If you want to attend, you are more than welcome, and make sure you add yourself as an atendee to the Launchpad page.

As usual, we (Canonical) will be sponsoring a number of community members to the next UDS, and this group of community members has been decided and will be hearing from us in the next few days. I look forward to seeing you all there! :)

  • Alastair

    ooh, i cant wait, i particularly like the idea of enhancing the laptop ubuntu experience because im probably going to be buying a laptop around that time. good work guys 😉

  • Johan

    My guess was Insipid Ibis. Not too far off. :)

  • Niall

    Boo. Want itchy iguana pls.

  • Vincent

    Ouch, three syllables 😛

  • Paul Boddie

    Since we’re in an aspirational mood, here’s my wishlist for future Ubuntu releases:

    1. Keep supporting non-cutting edge hardware. In various respects, support for stuff has decayed: hardware which worked fine on Hoary needs lots of messing with to work on Feisty and Gutsy. Fortunately, one may have access to Hoary’s configuration to remedy such problems, but that’s hardly an advert for the new stuff.

    2. More testing. Although “the users” can contribute vital feedback, it’s a bit much to expect them to do lots of test installs just to check whether basic functionality works. Ubuntu developers should test real-world configurations – consider that people might install a new version alongside their current one – and not just expect that people are going to do a dist-upgrade (which is often said to be a nightmare, anyway). I’ll happily report problems, but it would be nice if people who actually have test hardware do the sanity checking themselves, rather than asking people to test stuff like bootloaders on their primary system.

    3. Provide decent migration solutions. I’m still running with an ISO-8859-15 filesystem, so this means that making UTF-8 the default is only acceptable if reversing that policy isn’t a case of “beware of the leopard” in the installer. I don’t want my “special characters” to be ??? everywhere because no-one was interested to consider the problem. (I sometimes think that distro developers just blow away all their data and install the shiniest distro version on a regular basis – otherwise, they’d have noticed this particular problem.)

    4. Carrying on from (3), not having one’s desktop configuration blown away would also be nice, although I suppose that would involve forcing the KDE developers to think a bit harder about the problem.

    I’m sure that there’s a lot more, but my feeling is that Ubuntu often skips over the basics to concentrate on the shinier stuff (rotating desktop cubes). If things keep developing as they are, the next visit to the BBC will probably involve showing Ashley Highfield (and/or Nathan Barley) the contents of xorg.conf, if it even gets that far: hardly a good advert for the distro.

  • Jonathan Jesse


    Question: Why did this email come to Ubuntu-Devel instead of Ubuntu-Announce like normal? Is this a change which means I need to now subscribe to Ubuntu-Devel, along with Ubuntu-Announce, for updates or how will this work in the future? Every release announcement in the past (new name, etc) seems to have come to Ubuntu Announce instead of the moderated Ubuntu-Devel mailing list? Any reason for the change?



  • Jason Brower

    Well bummer, guess I am not on the list of guests. :( I was hoping memaker would be a bigger part of ubuntu this time around. None the less, I like this new name. I hope we can really bee a horn in the side of our competition.

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