Ubuntu 23.10 goes all out on the mythical creature theme with the Mantic Minotaur codename.


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Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 23.10, due out in October, will be codenamed Mantic Minotaur. It’s common for Ubuntu to get the codename of an endangered animal like the pangolin but it seems that with this release, the company has decided to go with a non-existent creature entirely.

The adjective, mantic, “relating to piety or prophecy,” comes from the Greek words manticos and mantis, meaning prophet. So you can read Mantic Minotaur as Probiotic Minotaur.

The codename for Ubuntu 23.10 was revealed almost a month after the cycle calendar was published, which said the beta would be available on September 21st and the final release on October 12th. The beta will give the public a chance to try it out and report any last-minute bugs that the developers may have missed.

Like the just-released Ubuntu 23.04, Ubuntu 23.10 will be a non-LTS release and will only be supported for nine months. For those who are more work-focused, it’s best to stick with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS until Ubuntu 24.04 LTS comes out next April. If you want to test the latest features, Ubuntu 23.10 might be a good choice for you.

It’s still unclear what new features will come with Mantic Minotaur but if you don’t already have it, check out Neowin’s coverage of Lunar Lobster to see what’s included.


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