Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth revealed that Ubuntu 11.10 will be nicknamed Oneiric Ocelot. Try saying that ten times after each other.
Oneiric means “dreamy”, and the combination with Ocelot reminds me of the way innovation happens: part daydream, part discipline.
We’ll need to keep up the pace of innovation on all fronts post-Natty. Our desktop has come together beautifully, and in the next release we’ll complete the cycle of making it available to all users, with a 2D experience to complement the OpenGL based Unity for those with the hardware to handle it. The introduction of Qt means we’ll be giving developers even more options for how they can produce interfaces that are both functional and aesthetically delightful.
Just in case you forgot, the next release of Ubuntu is called Natty Narwhal, it will be out in April.