Ubuntu 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 ("humanitytowards others").Ubuntu holds an estimated global usage of more than 20 million users, making it the most popular desktop Linux distribution. It is fourth most popular on web servers, and itspopularity is increasing rapidly.
Why is it free?
It’s open source.
Our global community is made up of thousands of people who want to help build the best open-source operating system in the world. Theyshare their time and skills to make sure that Ubuntu keeps getting better and better. From IBM to Google, Firefox to Wikipedia – some of today's best software is based on an open-source model. Sharedefforts. Shared principles. No cost.
It’s managed and funded by Canonical.
Canonical is the number-one Ubuntu services provider. Companies can choose to receive expert training, support orconsultancy for a fee that goes towards the continued development of Ubuntu.
Why use Ubuntu?
Ubuntu is far more than an operating system. With thousands of applications to choose from, it’s completely freeand easy to use.
Ubuntu is made for sharing. Use it, modify it, improve it, share it. Anywhere, any time and with any number of people all over the world. No licence required.
Ubuntu operating systemsare regularly updated and come in a new, improved, easy-to-install release every six months, so you’re always up to date.
Ubuntu comes with all the support you need and powers the most popularcomputers - on servers, desktops, notebooks and netbooks.
Ubuntu comes with a ready-made community dedicated to building and promoting free systems and software.
Perfect for businessuse, Ubuntu is safe, intuitive and stable. Easy to integrate, you'll be able to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations and share them with Windows users stress-free.