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History of Ubuntu


How Linus Torvalds feels about life in general. Wise words.


"Free Software"

“Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer.” Free Software Foundation ( .


Definition of Ubuntu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu offered this definition in 2008:

"Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity." .


A brief history of open source software

Year Event
1980 Bill Gates rants about software copyrights.
1983 Richard Stallman responds with "free" software. The software is free to copy and is also free, as in freedom of thought and speech.
1991 Linus Torvalds builds a kernel, which he calls "linux", that enables the "free" software to run on a PC.
1993 Ian Murdoch creates the Debian distribution so that there is one place to get the "free" software.
1998 Christie Peterson coins the term "Open Source" to give all this a name.
2004 Mark Shuttleworth releases Ubuntu based on Debian.
2012 Ubuntu releases the Unity user interface on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, designed for desktops, mobiles, tablets, TV and in-vehicle entertainment with the purpose of mass adoption on all computing devices.

More info

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