While Ubuntu is a Linux distribution based on Debian, which is released in three editions, namely: Server, Desktop, and Core, with all editions capable of running on PC, or via a virtual machine.
Now, the traditional Ubuntu versions codename scheme normally takes the form “Adjective Animal” and this time for Ubuntu 21.04, it is “HH” series succeeding the “GG” series with “Groovy Gorilla” codename. And the codename for Ubuntu 21.04 has been revealed as “Hirsute Hippo“ - a rather humungous name at that.
Albeit, Ubuntu 21.04 is the third version to receive a codename with the letter “H”, with the earlier version, Ubuntu 5.04 which was released in 2005 codenamed “Hoary Hedgehog”, and followed by Ubuntu 8.04 LTS “Hardy Heron” in 2008.
Updates & Release schedule for Ubuntu 21.04
The development cycle for Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo, continues for up to 26 weeks, and starts with the addition of Python 3.9 as a supported Python3 version.
Also, Ubuntu 21.04 will feature the next version of GNOME desktop environment, which is GNOME 40 and will be arriving a month before launch in March 2021.
And the Beta version of Hirsute Hippo will arrive on April 1, 2021, which after reaching the final freeze milestone on April 15, will hit the final stable version on April 22, 2021. Find the major changes planned for this cycle below, or check out the official Ubuntu 21.04 release schedule.
After the Feature Freeze, all members of the release team are expected to participate in Feature Freeze Exception reviews in their particular area of expertise. And the Final Beta 2, is when all members of the release team are expected to participate in the Bug fixes reviews in their particular area of expertise.