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September 30, 2006

Product Names: Ubunto Is Linux for Human Beings

UbuntuThe 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.

UbuntuUbuntu'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.

Posted by William Lozito at September 30, 2006 10:12 AM
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Did you mean to say 'Ubuntu'? You refer to 'Ubunto twice in the article, but the name of the package is 'Ubuntu'.

Also, (but this is just being picky) the names "Hoary Hedgehog' and 'Warty Warthog' are names of previous versions of Ubuntu, not apps in Ubuntu. And Python, the programming language, is named for Monty Python, not the snake of the same name.

Actually, the Python programming language is not named after the animal, but from the well-known "Monty Python's Flying Circus" TV show.


Thanks for the clarification.

I love the logo for Edubuntu. The naming system is instantly recognizable and easy to differentiate from other Linux distributions.

A quick spelling note: you accidentally put some "ubunto"s in there.

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