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Is Dapper Drake the One?

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The next release of Kubuntu Linux is named Dapper Drake. For Kubuntu, the process of getting to the final release is relatively public, which is not always the case with other distributions. At this point, four different Dapper Drake pre-release CD images have been made available to the general public. Although the average TUX reader is not a candidate for playing with this potentially unstable software, I never have been called average, so I have been playing with it since the first pre-release.

Up until last week, I thought I was playing around with Dapper Drake solely for my own interests. But, Mark Shuttleworth, "father of Ubuntu and Kubuntu", recently scheduled an on-line public meeting to discuss the possibility of delaying the Dapper Drake release by six weeks. A final decision will be made after the meeting.

In the process of talking about the possible delay, Shuttleworth said that we would be living with Dapper "for a long time". It is reported that he also said "for five years". Given the current six-month release cycle for Kubuntu and SuSE, five years is a very long time. This brings up two questions: what does this five year number mean, and, well, why?

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