We've been hard at work on the next version of elementary OS, until now codenamed Isis. Today we're announcing the new codename: elementary OS Freya.
We name OS releases after mythological deities and beings.
Our first release, Jupiter, was named after the Roman king of the gods. It was a huge release (what with being our first release of an entire operating system) and we felt the famous deity's namesake was fitting.
Next, we released Luna, named after the Roman goddess of the moon. Its two-syllable length and familiar pronunciation made it an easy choice among countless ancient deities with long and confusing names.
The codename Isis was chosen by Daniel in August of last year:
I'm leaning strongly towards "Isis" for this one. It's short (2 syllables), should be generally pretty easy to pronounce, etc. Isis is the egyptian mother god of the throne, "friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, and the downtrodden". You can read up more about her here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis
While Isis worked well, there is currently an active militant group in Iraq and Syria commonly known as "ISIS" (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). elementary obviously has no ties to that group—and we don't think people will get us confused—but we want to both recognize the ongoing turmoil and choose a less controversial name.
Freya is a Norse goddess of love and beauty. As we push our design forward, a goddess associated with beauty makes a lot of sense. And evoking the powerful emotion of love is always a good thing! Another two-syllable name rolls off the tongue and Freya is less commonly used than other options.
Development on elementary OS Freya is still speeding along. We're not quite ready for a public beta, but we're getting closer.
Avi Romanoff and Cody Garver contributed to this entry.