“Ubuntu is a free operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux. Its name comes from the Zulu word “ubuntu”, loosely translated as “humanity”, describing the ubuntu philosophy: “A person is a person only through other people”. Ubuntu’s goals include providing an up-to-date, stable operating system for the average user, with a strong focus on usability and ease of installation. Ubuntu has been rated as the most popular Linux distribution for the desktop, claiming approximately 30% of desktop Linux installations in a survey.
Ubuntu is free and open source, meaning that not only is it distributed without charge, it may also be freely improved upon. Ubuntu is sponsored by UK based company Canonical Ltd, which is owned by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth. Instead of selling Ubuntu itself, Canonical makes money by selling paid support for Ubuntu. By keeping Ubuntu free and open, Canonical is able to leverage the talents of outside developers willing to contribute rather than having to do all development within the company itself.” – WIKIPEDIA
The latest distribution from Ubuntu, Ubuntu 8.10 is getting released tomorrow, October 30th. Ubuntu nomenclature has a code number representing the year and month of the release and also a code name. The code name has an adjective and an animals name with the same starting letter as the adjective. The new release’s code name is “Intrepid Ibex”.
What’s new in this Ubuntu??
There is more and more support this time. Mainly there is support for 3G wireless modems. There are many security features this time round. There is an option to set encrypted and password protected private directory. You can create a guest account which cannot access the data. Now you can lend your laptop to others for browsing without any risk of losing your private data. There are also many other features.