September 30, 2006
Product Names: Ubunto Is Linux for Human Beings
The new Ubuntu Linux Beta just launched and its been named Edgy Eft, and includes a host of new technologies.
Ubuntu is a free, open source, solid and reliable linux operating system that South African billionaire Mark Shuttleworth feels will revolutionize the computer industry. The name he choose is an African word meaning, essentially, “sharing and community” although a larger definition is on the Ubuntu site: "humanity to others", or "I am what I am because of who we all are". Many of the smaller apps are named after South African animals including Hoary Hedgehog, Python 2.5 and Warty Warthog - even its code name was Breezy Badger.
Ubuntu's naming architecture for its other projects is pretty cool: Other product names include Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Xubuntu.
- Xubuntu is a GNU/Linux based system using the Xfce Desktop environment
- Kubuntu is based on KDE, the K Desktop Environment
- Edubuntu is Ubuntu aimed at classroom use
Many South Africans hope that Ubunto will bring South African culture direct into the cybersphere. Governments in Brazil, China, India and Malaysia are already using open source software, and Shuttleworth is convinced that his project will help bring computers into Africa, where Microsoft has already introduced versions of Windows in the Zulu, Setswana and Afrikaans languages.
But Shuttleworth, the first African in space, is a well respected, flamboyant figure in South Africa and may have the ability to work some serious juju on his bigger competitors in California.
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