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The Many Names of Linux Kernels

Many people think Ubuntu codenames are funny, weird, strange and what not. Do you know that all Kernel releases have their names too.

Most of the Linux 2.6 and 3.x kernels include a name in the Makefile of their source trees, which can be found in the git repository. Everything else will look less ridiculous when you look at these codenames as some of these are really hilarious.

Some of the funny names:
  • Man-Eating Seals of Antiquity
  • Sheep on Meth
  • Arr Matey! A Hairy Bilge Rat!
  • Erotic Pickled Herring
  • Funky Weasel is Jiggy wit it
  • Flesh-Eating Bats with Fangs
  • Pink Farting Weasel
A list of all names can be found here.


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