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Mark Shuttleworth has revealed the codename of the next release of the Ubuntu: "Bionic Beaver"

Following the tradition of naming upcoming Ubuntu release, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth wrote a blog post today welcoming the Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) release and congratulating all those involved in its development process, and announcing the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release as the "Bionic Beaver."

"In honour of that tireless toil, our mascot this cycle is a mammal known for it’s energetic attitude, industrious nature and engineering prowess. We give it a neatly nerdy 21st century twist in honour of the relentless robots running Ubuntu Core. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you 18.04 LTS, the Bionic Beaver," says Mark Shuttleworth.
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Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic Beaver".

Mark Shuttleworth has revealed the codename of the next release of the Ubuntu: "Bionic Beaver"

What’s in a name?

Bionic is an adjective meaning to have or use an artificial, typically electromechanical, body part.
A beaver is large nocturnal rodent able to swim in water. Beavers are famous for building dams, canals, and homes along river banks.



The animal was also the star of an amazing 90s cartoon series called ‘Angry Beavers’:
The beaver (genus Castor) is a large, primarily nocturnal, semiaquatic rodent. Castor includes two extant species, the North American beaver (Castor canadensis) (native to North America) and Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) (Eurasia). Beavers are known for building dams, canals, and lodges (homes). They are the second-largest rodent in the world (after the capybara).

Their colonies create one or more dams to provide still, deep water to protect against predators, and to float food and building material. The North American beaver population was once more than 60 million, but as of 1988 was 6–12 million.
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This population decline is the result of extensive hunting for fur, for glands used as medicine and perfume, and because the beavers' harvesting of trees and flooding of waterways may interfere with other land uses.

Habitat.





Distribution of C. fiber.

Distribution of C. canadensis.

Fossils of C. californicus

The North American and Eurasian beavers.

The North American and Eurasian beavers are the only extant members of the family Castoridae, contained in a single genus, Castor. Genetic research has shown the modern European and North American beaver populations to be distinct species and that hybridization is unlikely. Although superficially similar to each other, there are several important differences between the two species. Eurasian beavers tend to be slightly larger, with larger, less rounded heads, longer, narrower muzzles, thinner, shorter and lighter underfur, narrower, less oval-shaped tails and shorter shin bones, making them less capable of bipedal locomotion than the North American species.

Eurasian beavers have longer nasal bones than their North American cousins, with the widest point being at the end of the snout for the former, and in the middle for the latter. The nasal opening for the Eurasian species is triangular, unlike that of the North American race, which is square. The foramen magnum is rounded in the Eurasian beaver and triangular in the North American.

The anal glands of the Eurasian beaver are larger and thin-walled with a large internal volume compared to that of the North American species. The guard hairs of the Eurasian beaver have a longer hollow medulla at their tips.
Mark Shuttleworth has revealed the codename of the next release of the Ubuntu: "Bionic Beaver".Click to Tweet
Fur colour is also different. Overall, 66% of Eurasian beavers have pale brown or beige fur, 20% have reddish brown, nearly 8% are brown and only 4% have blackish coats. In North American beavers, 50% have pale brown fur, 25% are reddish brown, 20% are brown and 6% are blackish.



The two species are not genetically compatible. North American beavers have 40 chromosomes, while Eurasian beavers have 48. More than 27 attempts were made in Russia to hybridize the two species, with one breeding between a male North American beaver and a female European resulting in a single stillborn kit. These factors make interspecific breeding unlikely in areas where the two species' ranges overlap.
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source: Wikipedia
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Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that offers an operating system predominantly focused on desktop computers but also provides support for servers. Based on Debian GNU / Linux, Ubuntu focuses on ease of use, freedom in usage restriction, regular releases (every 6 months) and ease of installation.
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