What’s in a name? Well if you were looking for the latest version of Ubuntu for your Linux servers it would be Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition – kind of a mouth full. With Ubuntu 11.04, that will change. Canonical has announced it will no longer offer a separate netbook edition. In a blog post, the company explains that with the release of the new shell, the user interface works equally well regardless of PC form factor, and the underlying technology works on a range of architectures, eliminating the need for a netbook version.
With the elimination of the netbook edition, Ubuntu is further simplifying the name, removing the word “desktop edition” from the PC version, and instead just calling that product “Ubuntu 11.04.” The server edition will be simply called “Ubuntu Server 11.04.”
Canonical recently announced that Ubuntu 11.10, is called Onieric Ocelot. Shuttleworth also hinted that Canonical will be looking to limit the cloud platforms that the next long-term support release (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) will support.