Ubuntu, Humanity to Others

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I decided to write my project on Ubuntu, which is a distro of Linux. Ubuntu |oǒ'boǒntoō|: Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning 'humanity to others'. It also means 'I am what I am because of who we all are'. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers. (The Ubuntu Story) I chose Ubuntu because I have used it since 2009 and have loved it ever since then. I will be discussing the current distro which is 14.04, the next one will be 15.04 but 14.04 is the current stable version of Ubuntu or also often referred to as LTS or Long Term Support.
The history of Ubuntu is quite short or at least 2004 kind of short. Mark Shuttleworth, from South Africa, started a company called Canonical which was created alongside Ubuntu. The purpose was to help it reach a wider market. They help governments and businesses the world over with migrations, management, and support for their Ubuntu deployments. They would work together with their partners, to ensure that Ubuntu runs reliably on every platform from the pc and the smartphone to the server and, crucially, the cloud. (Canonical) Ubuntu is part of a type of software referred to as open source, a development model promotes a universal access via a free license to a product's design or blueprint, and universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone. (Open source)
The vision of Ubuntu is part social and part economic: free software, available to everybody on the same terms, and funded through a portfolio of services provided by canonical. I would like to point this out because the point is that a multi-billion dollar company is providing free software for people all for nothing in return accept that one meaning of the word “Humanity to others.”
The governance of Ubuntu is somewhat independent of canonical, with volunteer leaders from…...

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