Happy 14th Birthday to Ubuntu!
Mark Shuttleworth announced the inaugural release of Ubuntu 4.10, dubbed the “Warty Warthog,” in October of 2004 and we’ve loved it ever since!
Shuttleworth described Ubuntu as:
“—a new Linux distribution that brings together the extraordinary breadth of Debian with a fast and easy install, regular releases (every six months), a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default and a commitment to security updates with 18 months of security and technical support for every release.”
So, what really makes Ubuntu so popular?
- First, it’s free and open source. Free not only in terms of monetary cost but also in terms of creativity. Everyone has the freedom and right to customize the software in any way they see fit.
- Secondly, Ubuntu is always up to date. It has been committed to a strict six-month release schedule for the past 14 years and also provides support and maintenance to these releases. In addition to regular releases, Ubuntu also gets long-term support releases every couple of years.
- Ubuntu is also one of the most secure operating systems around with its built-in firewall and virus protection software. Ubuntu releases are continuously supported with security updates and patches.
- If you want a sleek and stylish look, Ubuntu has it. It has recently been updated with touchscreen enhancements and interface refinements to make your experience on your laptop, desktop, or touchscreen devices even better.
Fun fact: Did you know that “Ubuntu” is an ancient African word meaning “humanity towards others”? This spirit perfectly describes the past 14 years with Ubuntu! It’s more than just a free, open-source operating system; it’s a community!