Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Why you should refer to version of Ubuntu by their code name online

A while ago a movement was started to convince people to refer to version of Ubuntu by their release name, not the code name. The logic is simple. The version name refers to the year and month that it was released, and paints a better picture of which version you are refering to.

I agree with that logic, though I don't care enough to stick to it. I usually just say it which ever way comes to my mind at the time, which differs from time to time.

I would like to further this by urging people to always refer to versions of Ubuntu by their code name when discussing them online. The reason for this is Google searching.

In my previous post regarding sound problems, I was able to find the solution by Googling ubuntu jaunty sound problems. Jaunty is a much better search term than 9.04. In fact, Google ignore special characters, like dots, and will find matches with articles that have the number 904 somewhere else in the page, like maybe a phone number, date, serial number, etc. When you search Ubuntu Jaunty, Ubuntu Intrepid or Ubunty Karmic, it is unlikely you are going to find one of the two words in the search to refer to something other than the version of Linux that we all love.

So in person use the release version, and online use the code name.


  1. Searching "9.04" might get you some phone numbers and such, but searching "Ubuntu 9.04" is unlikely to result in phone numbers, unless someone posts their Ubuntu woes along with their phone number so someone can call to give them help. Also, the code name for 9.10 is far too horrible for me to use it :P

  2. That "Ubuntu 9.04" search would require that everyone always say the name and version at the same time. If someone posted "I'm having problems with Ubuntu version 9.04" or "I'm running the latest 9.04 version of Ubuntu" or anything else that doesn't place 9.04 directly after Ubuntu the search term you suggest will fail to bring up that possibly useful page.
    If we encourage people to always refer to versions by their name, then it doesn't matter how they order the name and version, as long as they are both somewhere on the page, then Google should pick it up.

  3. Ubuntu releases 2 version every year, for me it is just too many names a year, sometimes i dont even remember the name on my current running system at home, but i always remember version numbers like "9.10", it is not that easy to find the codename on a running system, so you cant expekt peopel to use a name that isnt even branded like the version number.

  4. That just goes to show how crap Google search is. It's the 21st century and the supposedly best search engine just relies on antiquated string matching with no intelligence whatsoever.