Chapter 1. The Ubuntu Story

The Vision

Free Software, Open Source, and GNU/Linux

How the Vision Became Ubuntu

What Is Ubuntu?

Ubuntu Promises and Goals

Sustaining the Vision: Canonical and the Ubuntu Foundation

Beyond the Vision: Ubuntu Subprojects, Derivatives, and Spin-Offs


This chapter brings the history of the Ubuntu Project to life and through its history and looks to its future. If you are looking to jump right in and get started with Ubuntu, you can skip this and proceed immediately to Chapter 2, Installing Ubuntu. If you are interested in first learning about where Ubuntu comes from and where it is going, this chapter provides a good introduction.

The Vision

In April 2004 Mark Shuttleworth brought together a dozen ...

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