Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Elementary OS is a popular Ubuntu derivative, which most likely has the most beautiful user interface amongst the Ubuntu derivatives (using Pantheon, a customized Gnome Shell version as the default DE). Due to the fact that the Elementary developers use only the LTS versions of Ubuntu as code base, Elementary OS 0.2 is based on Ubuntu 12.04 and Elementary OS 0.3 (not yet released) is based on Ubuntu 14.04.
The initial codename of Elementary OS 0.3 was Isis, but the developers have decided to change it into Freya, because ISIS is also the acronym of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a terrorist organization.
This is what the developers commented upon the codename change, on Google+:
“elementary obviously has no ties to the militant group known as ISIS – 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!”