Ubuntu Timeline

Timeline created by ChrisFay
  • Warty Warthog

    Warty Warthog
    Ubuntu 4.10 was Canonical's first release of Ubuntu. It may look plane by todays standards, but for 2004 this is stunning.
  • Hoary Hedgehog

    Hoary Hedgehog
    Ubuntu 5.04 allowed installation from USB devices, a major advancment which, by removing the need for an optical drive made installation of the OS much easier. Tons of other features added too.
  • Breezy Badger

    Breezy Badger
    Ubuntu 5.10 added several new features including a graphical bootloader (Usplash), an Add/Remove Applications tool, a menu editor (alacarte), an easy language selector, logical volume management support, full Hewlett-Packard printer support, OEM installer support, a new Ubuntu logo in the top-left, and Launchpad.
  • Dapper Drake

    Dapper Drake
    Ubuntu 6.06 included several new features, including having the Live CD and Install CD merged onto one disc, and massive improvments in the look of the OS. Ubuntu 6.06 was released behind schedule, having been intended as 6.04. This is the only instance of a release outside of the October/April convention.
  • Edgy Eft

    Edgy Eft
    A heavily modified Human theme, Upstart init daemon, automated crash reports, Tomboy note taking application, and F-Spot photo manager all arrived with Ubunut 6.10
  • Feisty Fawn

    Feisty Fawn
    With Ubuntu 7.04, more features! A migration assistant to help former Microsoft Windows users transition to Ubuntu, support for Kernel-based Virtual Machine, assisted codec and restricted drivers installation including Adobe Flash, Java, MP3 support, easier installation of Nvidia and ATI drivers, Compiz desktop effects, support for Wi-Fi Protected Access.
  • Gutsy Gibbon

    Gutsy Gibbon
    Ubuntu 7.10 made OS even more viable for the everyday user witht the addition of AppArmor security framework, fast desktop search, a Firefox plug-in manager (Ubufox), a graphical configuration tool for X.Org, full NTFS support and a revamped printing system with PDF printing by default. Compiz Fusion was enabled as default and Fast user switching was added.
  • Hardy Heron

    Hardy Heron
    Ubuntu 8.04 came with quite a host of improvments and additions. Here is a list of them!
  • Intrepid Ibex

    Intrepid Ibex
    Improvements to mobile computing and desktop scalability, increased flexibility for Internet connectivity, an Ubuntu Live USB creator and a guest account helped bring Ubuntu 8.10 up to speed with Windows and OSX.
  • Jaunty Jackalope

    Jaunty Jackalope
    Ubunut 9.04, so far it is the only release named after a mythical animal. It marked the first time that all of Ubuntu's core development moved to the Bazaar distributed revision control system and improved boot times.
  • Karmic Koala

    Karmic Koala
    Ubuntu 9.10 replaced Pidgin with Empathy Instant Messenger as its default instant messaging client. The default filesystem is ext4, and the Ubuntu One client, which interfaces with Canonical's new online storage system, is installed by default.
  • Lucid Lynx

    Lucid Lynx
    Out with orange, in with Purple! Ubuntu 10.04 emphasizes the new importance of web services and social networking with integrated interfaces for posting to sites like Facebook and Twitter, complementing the IM and email integration already in Ubuntu.
  • Maverick Meerkat

    Maverick Meerkat
    Ubuntu 10.10 was released on 10 October 2010 (10.10.10) at around 10:10 UTC. In binary, 101010 is equal to the number 42, The "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything" in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Because Linux is not just for geeks..... Also Unity arrived for netbooks. More on that next release
  • Natty Narwhal

    Natty Narwhal
    Ubuntu 11.04 used the Unity user interface instead of GNOME Shell as default. The move to Unity was controversial as some GNOME developers feared it would fracture the community and marginalize GNOME Shell. Many users disliked this move.
  • Oneiric Ocelot

    Oneiric Ocelot
    Ubuntu 11.10 did not include the classic GNOME desktop as a fall back to Unity, unlike Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal. Instead, 11.10 will include a 2D version of Unity as a fallback for computers that lack the hardware resources for the Compiz-based 3D version.
  • Precise Pangolin

    Precise Pangolin
    Visually and functionally, Ubuntu 12.04 improved greatly. Unity finally became usable, and hotkeys allowed for better and more natural functionality.
  • Quantal Quetzal

    Quantal Quetzal
    The Amazon addition to Unity devided the community, though the OS say a significant improvment to functionality. The list is too exstensive for this box, so have a look here.
  • Raring Ringtail

    Raring Ringtail
    The Ubuntu 13.04 development cycle did not feature any alpha releases, however some Ubuntu flavours, such as Kubuntu and Edubuntu chose to, regardless. Ubuntu 13.04 continued to issue daily builds, with candidates every fortnight.
    The Wubi installer will be dropped as of 13.04, due to its incompatibility with Windows 8, and general lack of support and development. Support for Nexus 7 docking and instalations on tablets arrive with 13.04
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