Ars Technica comments the thoughts and plans of Mark Shuttleworth for the next Ubuntu release. Unfortunately, they too have the name obsession.
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Despite the absurd name fixation, Ubuntu continues to be one of the best Linux distributions available on the Internet. It has become the distribution of choice in the Strategic Penguin Command Center of the Ars Orbiting HQ. The official Dapper release was originally supposed to happen this month, but it got pushed back to June so that the developers could add some extra polish. I have already been using Dapper “Flight” prereleases for several months now, and I haven't had any significant problems (with one small exception: I haven't been able to get LIRC to work with it yet). Dapper is currently in the final stage of development, and the widely used Flight prereleases have been usurped by a freshly released Beta. The latest beta is really beautiful. The sexy new Ubuntulooks theme is as attractive as Cairo Clearlooks, but thankfully less buggy. I'm serious, brown has never looked this good. The latest Dapper beta also has a few other nifty goodies like GNOME Power Manager, the Network Manager applet, and the Deskbar search tool.