What is About Ubuntu? Is this question driving you mad? Here’s the answer from a geeks perspective.
The word ‘Ubuntu’ is an ancient African which means ‘Humanity to others’. They also say that it means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The word really makes right sense behind the ultimate motto of linux. This linux is based on ideas that software tool should be available for free of charge and should be available in all local languages to meet there needs. Here the word free is means both free of cost and freedom as specified by GNU. The word free is not just restricted to individual (like any other distributions) but it even include enterprise. They don’t charge extra price for enterprise edition, its equally free as individual edition. Even they provide free technical support. A nominal fee paid technical support is also available. This is the only linux know to follow the notion of Free Software Foundation. It meets the GNU/Linux standards. It is backed up by huge community of developers. Its robust and quite stable linux available. It has consistent release cycles and updates. Absolutely Free Shipment of current Ubuntu release to all part of the globe which contain PC (Intel x86), 64-bit PC (AMD64) and PowerPC (Apple iBook and Powerbook, G4 and G5) architecture versions of both live and install Cd’s. They encourage people to use free and open source software, improve it and pass it on. In brief these are the outlines of the whole Ubuntu revolution. There is lot more to say about the history, Future perspectives, and the founder of the whole foundation and features of various distributions. Let’s deal them sequentially.
On July 8, 2005, Mark Shuttleworth and Canonical Ltd announced the creation of the Ubuntu Foundation and provided an initial funding of $10 million. The purpose of the foundation is to ensure support and development for all future versions of Ubuntu that follow the Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger release. Debian is the back bone of Ubuntu linux. It’s backed by heavy Debian community. Debian is another good old linux community meets the GNU/Linux standards. The formation of Ubuntu linux is the dream of the African Millionaire Mark Shuttleworth to bring operating systems to the each and every person on this plant for free of cost and in all regional languages. He is spending around 10 Million US dollars for just shipment of the Cd’s for free of cost for promoting the freedom movement. There is lot more to mention about the man behind this movement Mr. Mark Shuttleworth. He is a man who go with his passion and dreams. He is the fist African to reach the space. He went to ISS in collaboration with Russian space agency. It was totally 20 million US dollar mission. Let’s get into the Technical details of each linux i.e., Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu and Xubuntu.
As already said Ubuntu is a Debian variant built on Gnome and GNU software. It’s a single Cd installation with almost all the basic software relating to internet, servers, office, games, accessories and multimedia. Ubuntu has very strong links with the Debian community, contributing any changes directly and immediately, rather than announcing them only at release time. Both distros use Debian’s deb package format (although Debian and Ubuntu packages are not necessarily ‘binary compatible’ with each other). Many Ubuntu developers are also maintainers of key packages within Debian itself. All releases are provided of no cost for either download or for shipment. Yeah the shipment is free including the customs and postage to nuke and corner on this plant. Even I’ve ordered twice. Each package was containing 10+5 sets of both 32 bit and 64 bit OS of x86 architecture. It almost took six weeks for the shipment to arrive. Ubuntu is well supported. It provides access to a large software repository and security updates. There is beautiful packet manager called Synaptic Packet manager which updates what ever package you wish with in no time from internet. Basically Ubuntu is on Gnome desktop. I’ve downloaded and installed the whole distribution in single night. So I have two desktops. You can download any packet ranging from XMMS, VLC, Mplayer, Amarock, anything you wish its there. There is open source alternative for each and every windows software. Now IBM approved to ship its database application i.e., IBM DB 2 with future release of Ubuntu. I never experienced a single crash. I’ve been using this linux from last three months. This is the first time that linux sustained for such a long time with my repeated experiments. Look guyz I can assure you it’s the best alternative you can have to windows. Don’t you believe me? I’m letting you a secret, even Google is using Ubuntu on all its desktops for its cutting edge developments. There is even a rumor that Google is trying to get into Operating System world with the support of Ubuntu. I can’t assure you the truth of the rumor. It’s multiplying. Let’s have a look in to Kubuntu.
Kubuntu, as the name indicates it’s the Ubuntu linux with KDE as its graphical desktop. KDE a controversial open source desktop manager once owned by trolltech. KDE is made on Qt graphics libraries. It’s the favorite desktop of the father of geeks Linus Trovalds. I’ve never installed Kubuntu but I experienced it on the upgraded Ubuntu. Is really kool. It has the latest stable version of KDE available. KDE is really good for people who want to have a glassy look on the desktop. It has a beautiful interface. The best thing about KDE is konqueror, an all in one web and file browser. The word KDE is a modified acronym of ‘Common Desktop Environment’ where C replaced with K as in cool by kool. But as a core GNU supporter I go with Gnome the real Desktop. KDE is around so many controversies. Kubuntu is not available for free shipment. It’s free to download and distribute. Now lets get know what Edubuntu is.
Edubuntu is specially made for classroom use. Features include a built-in Linux Terminal Server, educational applications such as GCompris and the KDE Edutainment Suite, Tux4kids. Edubuntu has been developed in collaboration with teachers and technologists around the world. The aim of Edubuntu is that an educator with limited technical knowledge and skill should be able to set up a computer lab, or establish an on-line learning environment, in an hour or less, and then administer that environment without having to become a fully-fledged Linux geek. Principal design goals of Edubuntu are centralized management of configuration, users, and processes, together with facilities for working collaboratively in a classroom setting. Equally important is the gathering together of the best available free software and digital materials for education. Edubuntu is built on top of the Ubuntu base, and incorporates the LTSP thin client architecture, as well as education-specific applications, aimed at the 6-18 age group. It also aims to allow resource poor environments to maximise their available (older) equipment. That’s all about Edubuntu. Now there is another desktop that is going to add up very soon its Xubuntu.
Xubuntu (pronounced as z00-boon-tuu) is another linux distribution on Xfce desktop environment. Xfce desktop is such a light and pretty desktop that any one will fall in its love at very first time. It consumes the lest resources. Its amazing fast. You can get to any application and any file with just few clicks of the mouse. The first release of it is going to come along with the future release version i.e., Dapper Drake. Its available with the breezy badger repositories for download and install. Its going to be a pretty linux.
That’s all about the major products from Ubuntu foundation. The future perspectives of Ubuntu are amazing. Already the road map for the next release ‘Dapper Drake’ is layed out. The final and stable version will be out be this April. I’m dying to try my hands on Dapper Drake. This is going to be the first linux in the history which is supported for 5 years on servers, and 3 years on desktops. There are lot many innovative features are going to be incorporated on to them. Rapid testing is being done at every stage to ensure its stability and robustness. It may be coming with the upcoming release of Gnome desktop 2.13x and 2.14x. This dapper Drake is going to be release on these four variants.
So I hope you enjoyed a lot. Proprietary software might seem to be good in beginning but in long terms it’s going to cost much. Its acting like a barrier for the over all development. World is changing people are coming out of ignorance. People can feel the pain on windows. Its time, time to migrate your ass on to Linux. Just Linuaddict! 😀