Introduction

THIS INTRODUCTION GIVES AN overview of Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server. After a quick welcome, it includes a brief history of free software, open source, and GNU/Linux and of the Ubuntu project itself with a focus on some of the major players on the Ubuntu scene. This introduction ends where the rest of this book will continue: with a history of the Ubuntu Server project and an overview of that project’s goals and accomplishments.

Welcome to Ubuntu Server

In the just over six years of its life, Ubuntu has become one of the most popular GNU/Linux-based operating systems. In the process, however, public perception has been disproportionately focused on Ubuntu’s role as a desktop-based operating system. While all popularity is certainly welcome ...

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