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Company / developer Canonical Ltd. / Ubuntu Foundation
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Free and open source software
Initial release 20 October 2004 (2004-10-20)
Language(s) Multilingual (more than 55)
Update method APT (front-ends available)
Package manager dpkg (front-ends like Synaptic available)
Supported platforms IA-32, x86-64
Kernel type Linux (Monolithic)
Userland GNU
Default user interface GNOME
License Mainly the GNU GPL / plus proprietary binary blobs[1][2] and various other licenses
Official website ubuntu.com

Ubuntu[3][4] is a computer operating system based on the Debian distribution and distributed as free and open source software. It is named after the Southern African philosophy of Ubuntu ("humanity towards others").[5]

With an estimated global usage of more than 12 million users,[6] Ubuntu is designed primarily for desktop use, although netbook and server editions exist as well.[7] Web statistics suggest that Ubuntu's share of Linux desktop usage is about 50%,[8][9] and indicate upward trending usage as a web server.[10]

Ubuntu is sponsored by the UK-based company Canonical Ltd.



Ubuntu v7.10 i386 builds are available for LIO from the Ubuntu repository.

The Ubuntu binary package names are target-utils and target-modules for binary packages. target-source requires module-assistant to build the kernel module. Building the target-utils source currently requires checking out the code and using dpkg-buildpackage from trunk/target (see README for more information).

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