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The Many Names of Linux Kernels

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the because-programmers-like-words dept.

Operating Systems 73

dartttt writes "Not many people know that Kernel releases have their codenames. 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. They are not publicized as such but some of them are really hilarious."

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Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38134996)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_kernel_names is the link worth going to if you want to find out what they are.

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (5, Funny)

Tsingi (870990) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135014)

All pale in comparison to "Pink Farting Weasle"

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38136020)

I'm more concerned with the "Erotic Pickled Herring"

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#38139378)

Rotary Wombat - what even is that?

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

wintercolby (1117427) | more than 2 years ago | (#38136056)

I believe that the (2.6.20-rc2–2.6.20–) Homicidal Dwarf Hamster would say different, and mean it.

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38138160)

GO FOR THE EYES, BOO! YEEARGH!

This text left un-capped to let Minsc fully shout his anger at evildoers.

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

Genda (560240) | more than 2 years ago | (#38142950)

Oh! Oh! Oh! I want one... gimmeeeee the pink farting Weasel!!!!! Oh please gimme the weasel!

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (5, Informative)

BetterThanCaesar (625636) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135714)

That's not a link. That's a URL. This is a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_kernel_names [wikipedia.org]

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

Tsingi (870990) | more than 2 years ago | (#38136412)

That's not a link, This is a link [sodahead.com] .

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38137112)

That's not a link that's a spoon.

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

JamesTRexx (675890) | more than 2 years ago | (#38138036)

Remember, there is no spoon.

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

siglercm (6059) | more than 2 years ago | (#38140072)

Remember, there is no spoon.

Spooooooooooooooooonnnnn!!!!!!!!!!

(Note: The stupid /. filter wouldn't let me post in all caps. It has no sense of humor or of relevance, unlike The Tick. It's only a stupid idiot. Like The Tick.)

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

badkarmadayaccount (1346167) | more than 2 years ago | (#38164030)

The spoon is a lie!

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (3, Funny)

Mike610544 (578872) | more than 2 years ago | (#38140310)

That's not a link that's a spoon.

I can see you've played linky spoony before!

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

cynyr (703126) | more than 2 years ago | (#38143902)

is that like knife or banana?

http://youtu.be/ih63kbrzU3E?t=43s [youtu.be]

Don't click this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38141256)

Hey! People DON'T click this! It's NOT goatse!

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

OneAhead (1495535) | more than 2 years ago | (#38150552)

This is not the link you're looking for.

(really)

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38151644)

What? No Fixed it for you?

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (0, Troll)

sunderland56 (621843) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135784)

And then people wonder why Linux isn't more popular in the business world.

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38137558)

Yeah, no businesses use linux. Chalk one up for Microsoft, they really know how to put the "fun" in "licensing".

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38137886)

ThatsTheJoke.jpg

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

ron-l-j (1725874) | more than 2 years ago | (#38146890)

Open a windows command prompt in win seven and type ver. makes me giggle.

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38138552)

And then people wonder why Linux isn't more popular in the business world.

If you take the name of a product into consideration then remind me to not hire you.
To care about such things is highly unprofessional.

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

wmbetts (1306001) | more than 2 years ago | (#38139862)

Would you want to tell one of your clients or boss "Don't worry your data is safe. We're running Ass Fucker v.6.9"

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

vinayg18 (1641855) | more than 2 years ago | (#38140486)

Just the version number would suffice, I think, unless, of course, your client/boss likes to hear such words

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (1)

Genda (560240) | more than 2 years ago | (#38142978)

I would much prefer to run my business on an OS named AF 6.9 , than be AFed by my OS 6.9 times thank you!

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (2)

Jonner (189691) | more than 2 years ago | (#38140282)

And then people wonder why Linux isn't more popular in the business world.

If silly names are all that's holding back Linux, MS and Apple should be very afraid. MS's approach is no more sensible, but at least it's not very entertaining.

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (2)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135858)

2.6.15-rc6â"2.6.15â"2.6.16â" Sliding Snow Leopard

QUICK SOMEONE SUE APPLE!

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (5, Funny)

alex67500 (1609333) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135996)

Judging by your encoding issues, you're using one of their products right now aren't you?

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (2)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 2 years ago | (#38136570)

Funny, I use Apple never had that problem. Probably just your poor luck in the past.

Re:Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38137936)

"Look, Mommy! An apologist!"

Damn Weasels (0)

SavoWood (650474) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135048)

Someone please ask the pink weasels to stop farting. Actually, to be politically correct, just ask all the weasels to stop farting. No need to single out the pink ones.

And to that, weasels are just people who fart on airplanes and look around at their neighbor to seemingly accuse them of having let it go. I didn't do it!!

Re:Damn Weasels (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38135316)

Someone please ask the pink weasels to stop farting. Actually, to be politically correct, just ask all the weasels to stop farting. No need to single out the pink ones.

And to that, weasels are just people who fart on airplanes and look around at their neighbor to seemingly accuse them of having let it go. I didn't do it!!

The Duchess emitted an enormous fart. Thinking to shift the blame, she told the butler "Stop that immediately."
He replied "Which way did it go."

Re:Damn Weasels (0)

Tsingi (870990) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135332)

And to that, weasels are just people who fart on airplanes and look around at their neighbor to seemingly accuse them of having let it go. I didn't do it!!

So now my enemy has a name. The day is mine!

Re:Damn Weasels (0)

iggymanz (596061) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135344)

I'm delighted to discover I'm not a weasel, as I limit my occasions of most putrid flatulence to elevators and buses.

Re:Damn Weasels (-1, Offtopic)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135346)

Glad I'm not a weasel...

When I fart on an airplane, I make it as loud as possible, then look around, and say "yeah, baby! nothin' like pork 'n beans with some jalapeno before a flight! Keeps the warmth coming right out on these cold planes!"

Re:Damn Weasels (0)

Mikkeles (698461) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135510)

'Keeps the warmth coming right out ....'

Would the colour of that warmth be brown, by any chance?

Re:Damn Weasels (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135666)

clear, it's just fragrant, warm, vapors.

Re:Damn Weasels (1)

Genda (560240) | more than 2 years ago | (#38143012)

No you silly git... its pink he's a farging weasel...

2.6.20 (5, Funny)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135142)

I used to own numerous 2.6.20's (they bred a lot) and I currently have a 2.6.21. I was also attacked by a 2.6.28-rc1 once, although it could have been a 2.6.36.

Why all the military terms? (1)

Reality Master 301 (1462839) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135216)

The "general part of linux os", with it's "major revisions", is called "the kernel"? What's next, private development? And the dvcs is called "git", 'nough said.
"Military justice is to justice what military music is to music" -- Groucho Marx

Re:Why all the military terms? (0)

Reality Master 301 (1462839) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135370)

Yes, I'm blushing, no need to mention the purpose of the preview button... :-/

Re:Why all the military terms? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38135648)

The kernel says: "I love it when a plan comes together".

Re:Why all the military terms? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38136230)

They're losing the war 2 Windows in terms of user desktop marketshare's why http://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=8&qpcustomd=0 [netmarketshare.com] shown by that link, as well as MacOS X and others? Absolutely. Linux penguins need to 'boost their morale' apparently using those military terms.

Re:Why all the military terms? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38137820)

There's the hardcore unix element that has never cared about the desktop and took a while to even give a shit about x86. This is, generally, the same element that built and operates the Internet. Linux geeks and Unix geeks are not entirely the same crowd, but we can take a look at the world and see Unix on embedded devices, tablets, every Apple device, almost every router, the majority of phones, supercomputers: basically all computing devices with the exception of an ever-shrinking "desktop" market. You may rightly point out differences in these devices, but I can access the same command line on all of them.

From this perspective, Windows is a small and transitory phenomenon, and you, my friend, are fucking hilarious. Also, Windows 8 is going to keep linux geeks laughing for a long time. Enjoy it :)

Nothing but ads on that site.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38135246)

About small portion of it is the actual blog of names that aren't really funny, the rest are stupid ads....

Re:Nothing but ads on that site.... (0)

Tsingi (870990) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135356)

I saw no ads, but then, I rarely do.

Re:Nothing but ads on that site.... (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 2 years ago | (#38136008)

Ditto. Some people just don't know how to configure a browser, or addons, and probably have little idea what a HOSTS file is for. I won't even go into the possibilities of blocking sites and content on the router.

Re:Nothing but ads on that site.... (0)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | more than 2 years ago | (#38136102)

I love my /etc/hosts file.

There is no place like 127.0.0.1.

Ubuntu Inspiration (3, Funny)

Machtyn (759119) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135256)

So, is this where ubuntu gets its inspiration for its names?

Re:Ubuntu Inspiration (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38136142)

So, is this where ubuntu gets its inspiration for its names?

Since the kernel names only start with version 2.6.2, I guess it is the other way round.

Re:Ubuntu Inspiration (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38136652)

ubuntu 4.10 used the 2.6.8 kernel. naming of the kernel started with 2.6.2.

Blogvertisement? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38135358)

WTF is this crap? A random blog article containing a link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_kernel_names - yeah, I loughed. Btw the link to the git repo is wrong. Elsewhere such content is called SEO spam.

How interesting... (0)

SigmundFloyd (994648) | more than 2 years ago | (#38135418)

/me yawns & checks wristwatch...

This story should have been in "idle".

Where Linux fails again (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38135538)

Instead of focusing on getting more WiFi and Graphics cards drivers written they decide to make silly names for the kernel instead. No wonder after 20 years Linux still has leas than one percent market share and that even former zealots have givenup hope.

This is isn"t an isolated thing, With Unity, Gnome 3, OpenOffice.org, and Firefox all becoming failures recently it is little wonder why people are giving up on open source software and have switched to the comfort of nice closed products from Apple and Microsoft and even "open" products like Android witholding code for certain versions.

Re:Where Linux fails again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38135740)

U mad, bro?

Re:Where Linux fails again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38136784)

come at me bro!

Re:Where Linux fails again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38141030)

"When cowards collide" now in theatres!

Re:Where Linux fails again (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 2 years ago | (#38136044)

How can you get your paid shill's income, if you post anonymously?

Re:Where Linux fails again (1)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 2 years ago | (#38136710)

Getting Linux into mainstream desktop use is like having Solaris as mainstream desktop use.
It's invented from the bottom up as a server...

That being said, openoffice and firefox are great... on Apple & Microsoft operating systems.

Re:Where Linux fails again (1)

hamalnamal (2499998) | more than 2 years ago | (#38140654)

I fail to the correlation, making a silly name takes 3 seconds, writing a driver does not.

Easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38135588)

Wow, nerds are easily amused.

Re:Easy (1)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 2 years ago | (#38136668)

Yep, thanks for the entertainment.

flashbacks (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38135664)

Is it just me or was anyone else also having flashbacks of those random name generators from the olden days that would create a "cool" name for you to use on irc, ICQ or in multiplayer games?

signed: Cononymous Award

Re:flashbacks (1)

scuzzlebutt (517123) | more than 2 years ago | (#38142400)

It's not just you. I was thinking the same thing.

TAINTED! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38135788)


 

git log -p Makefile | grep "^ NAME = " | uniq -d (5, Informative)

alanw (1822) | more than 2 years ago | (#38139734)


  NAME = "Divemaster Edition"
  NAME = Sneaky Weasel
  NAME = Flesh-Eating Bats with Fangs
  NAME = Sheep on Meth
  NAME = Man-Eating Seals of Antiquity
  NAME = Vindictive Armadillo
  NAME = Temporary Tasmanian Devil
  NAME = Erotic Pickled Herring
  NAME = Killer Bat of Doom
  NAME = Rotary Wombat
  NAME = Funky Weasel is Jiggy wit it
  NAME = Arr Matey! A Hairy Bilge Rat!
  NAME = Pink Farting Weasel
  NAME = Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman!
  NAME = Nocturnal Monster Puppy
  NAME = Homicidal Dwarf Hamster

Its very easy to tell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38140362)

The name comes from the source. Go to the source directory and type:

head Makefile | grep NAME | cut -d' ' -f3-

and ouila!, you get the kernel name. I just went to my kernel sources (Kernel 3.2.0-rc2) and I get Saber-toothed Squirrel. Please note that a
Saber-toothed Squirrel has very big teeth (bigger than a killer-rabbit). Just sayin'.

So how can I discover a kernel's codename? (2)

jc42 (318812) | more than 2 years ago | (#38140434)

This isn't a totally trivial question. I've often seen comments in forums saying that something works in kernels from the Frosty Ferret release to the Manifest Monkey release. So I want to check out some of the systems that I'm responsible for, and for each of them, I'd like to discover whether they're within the stated range. The problem is that I often can't discover a given kernel's codename. I can get the kernel's release number from "uname -a", but there doesn't seem to be any reliable way to compare that with codenames in forum messages. So I often can't figure out whether such forum messages apply to the kernels that I'm ssh'd to.

So is there a general way to map the dotted-number release numbers to the codenames, and vice-versa? If there is, I could put it into a script that's in the toolkit that I copy around to systems. I'd also put it on my web sites, so I can fetch it quickly from a new machine (and you could, too, as soon as a googlebot stumbles across it, if you guess the right keywords that I'd include in the header comments ;-).

So far, the answers to this question all seem to be of the form "If you're on a sytem Foo, here's how you do it ...". So you need to know the answer to the question in order to ask the question. I'm hoping for something a bit less circular. And preferably something scriptable.

I've often wondered why this information has been universally excluded from what "uname -a" returns. Making use of forum replies would be a lot easier if either people would use the release numbers, or we had a simple way of mapping codenames to release numbers.

This isn't just a linux problem. I'm typing this on a Macbook Pro, one of around a half dozen that I have access to. I can get the kernel's number (10.5.8) from the "About this Mac" menu item at the top left, but I don't know the kernel's name. I did a bit of poking around in /etc and /System, and didn't find it. There's probably a table of the names/numbers somewhere at apple.com, but google doesn't seem to know where it is. The problem is similar on other unix-like systems.

Anyone know an algorithm for finding a random kernel's name? (Anything of the form "If it's <X> ..." is disqualified. ;-)

Re:So how can I discover a kernel's codename? (3, Insightful)

jgrahn (181062) | more than 2 years ago | (#38140784)

This isn't a totally trivial question. I've often seen comments in forums saying that something works in kernels from the Frosty Ferret release to the Manifest Monkey release.

I think you can safely ignore anyone who refers to kernels by their silly-names. People who want to be understood uses whatever number uname -a says.

Re:So how can I discover a kernel's codename? (1)

AmbushBug (71207) | more than 2 years ago | (#38141302)

It sounds like you are confusing these kernel code names for the Ubuntu and Mac OSX code names. They are not the same. No one really uses the kernel code names except maybe kernel devs (but even they mostly refer to specific version numbers).

You can find the Ubuntu and Mac OSX names on wikipedia (they're on their websites too, but wikipedia is easier to find). Here's Ubuntu's [wikipedia.org] and here's Mac OSX [wikipedia.org] .

Re:So how can I discover a kernel's codename? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38169072)

For Ubuntu you can find out the release version and codename of what you are running by checking the /etc/lsb-release file.

$ cat /etc/lsb-release

This should in fact give you version information on most Linux distros.

some? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38148382)

"hilarious" is not the word, try "ridiculous". time to stop

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