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Thursday, May 24 12:00 AM ET

Ubuntu Press Release Sent By Mistake to BBspot

By Brian Briggs and Marvin Duran

Ann Arbor, MI - Being a member of the press, I get press releases and requests from PR firms hoping to get some coverage on BBspot.  Yesterday, I received one from Ubuntu that raised my eyebrows.  It looked like it had been sent out by mistake, which was confirmed when I received an e-mail ten minutes later asking that I don't post it.  I don't remember ever signing a non-disclosure agreement with them, and this is too funny to pass up.  Here's what I received:

Canonical Announces Code-Names for Upcoming Ubuntu Releases

23rd May  2007, London, UK – Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced it has settled on release names for upcoming releases of Ubuntu.
Previous release names include Edgy Eft, Feisty Fawn, and Gutsy Gibbon.  Here is the list of names decided on by developers:

  • Gutsy Gibbon
  • Hungry Hippo
  • Impish Iguana
  • Jazzy Jackalope
  • Kinky Kangaroo
  • Lesbo Leopard
  • Masturbating Monkey
  • Nitpicking Narwhal
  • Orgasmic Ocelot
  • Pedophile Parrot
  • Quick Quetzal
  • Racist Rooster
  • Stiffy Snake
  • Transsexual Tiger
  • Ugly Unicorn
  • Voluptuous Viper
  • Well-hung Wombat
  • Xenophobic Xantus
  • Yiddish Yak
  • Zealous Zebra

About Canonical

Canonical, the sponsor of Ubuntu, is head quartered in Europe and is committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. Canonical offers world-class 24x7 support for Ubuntu as well as professional engineering services.

Take it for what you will, but I thought it was hilarious. Must have been some of the developers pulling a prank with the PR people. That will teach them to trust developers!

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