Yes, it is a tradition in canonical to release it in alphabetical order. I’ve expected that it will be Pxx Penguin or something. But it turns out to be Precise Pangolin. This is the announcements that was made by Mark Shuttleworth(Owner of Canonical):
Being generally of a cheerful nature, I thought we’d avoid the Predatory Panther and Primeval Possum. Neither sounds like great company for a seven year journey, really. Same goes for the Peccable Peccary, Pawky Python and Perfidious Puku. So many bullets to dodge round here!
[...] We’ve told the story of the cloud in previous releases, and that comes to fruition in 12.04 with the first LTS that supports both the cloud guest, and cloud infrastructure, across ARM and x86 architectures. We’ve also told the story of Unity in previous releases, and that comes to fruition in a fast, lean interface that works well across clients both thick and thin. 12.04 is going to be a lot more than all that, but for the full reveal, you’ll need to wait till UDS! Nevertheless, we can take reliability, precision, and polish as a given.
Balancing all of those options, I think we have just the right mix in our designated mascot for 12.04 LTS. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you thePrecise Pangolin.
For those who doesn’t know a pangolin, pangolin is also can be called scaly anteater or Trenggiling, many of them can be found in my country, Indonesia.