Ubuntu (pronounced /ʊˈbʊntuː/) is based on Debian
| Founded:||October 20, 2004 (edit)|
|Version:||13.04 (Raring Ringtail) (edit)|
|Release Date:||April 25, 2013 (edit)|
|Next Release:||October, 2013 (13.10 - Saucy Salamander) (edit)|
|Platform(s):||i386, Sparc64, AMD64, PowerPC, ARM (edit)|
|Interface(s):||GNOME with Unity shell (default), KDE, XFCE, LXDE (edit)|
|Derivative of:||Debian (edit)|
|Home Page:||http://www.ubuntu.com/ (edit)|
Ubuntu's idiosyncratic name is derived from a South African word which roughly translates to "humanity towards others" or "solidarity among people." This philosophy is reflected in its logo, a highly stylized suggestion of three people of different complexions embracing, arm-in-arm in a circle.
Although Ubuntu is a derivative of Debian, Ubuntu maintains its own packaging infrastructure that is periodically synchronized with the main Debian repositories.
Ubuntu is available in two forms (installable images, and a LiveCD version similar to Knoppix) and on two platforms:
- 32-bit x86 for most computers
- 64-bit for AMD Opteron and Intel EM64T processors
Ubuntu is a community developed operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you'll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools.
Ubuntu is and always will be free of charge. You do not pay any licensing fees. You can download, use and share Ubuntu with your friends, family, school or business for absolutely nothing.
We issue a new desktop and server release every six months. That means you'll always have the the latest and greatest applications that the open source world has to offer.
Ubuntu is designed with security in mind. You get free security updates for at least 18 months on the desktop and server. With the Long Term Support (LTS) version you get three years support on the desktop, and five years on the server. There is no extra fee for the LTS version, we make our very best work available to everyone on the same free terms. Upgrades to new versions of Ubuntu are and always will be free of charge.
Ubuntu & CanonicalEdit
Canonical actually supports Ubuntu, and in case it ever leaves Ubuntu, it has given the Ubuntu Foundation over a million dollars to operate. Canonical provides support (non-free) to any Ubuntu user. Canonical also can change any part of the Ubuntu system, as part of the contract.
Canonical is a British company focused on helping out Ubuntu and other Oses, along with support for the default programs and settings that come with the software.Currently, there is a fee if you choose to get help from Canonical with a supported OS.
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