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Frequently Asked Questions | Ubuntu

Home Frequently Asked Questions What is Ubuntu? Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system containing the very best free and open source software applications you need to work and play. With Ubuntu you can surf the web, read email, create documents, presentations and spreadsheets, edit images and more. What does "Ubuntu" mean? Ubuntu is an African word, which has been described as "too beautiful to translate into English". The essence of Ubuntu is that "a person is a person through other people". It describes humanity as "being-with-others" and prescribes what "being-with-others" should be all about. Ubuntu emphasises sharing, consensus, and togetherness. It's a perfect concept for Free Software and open source. Here's a great article that describes Ubuntu, which may help define it. Wikipedia also has a good definition. How do you pronounce Ubuntu? Ubuntu, an African word from Zulu and Xhosa, is pronounced "oo-BOON-too". How much does Ubuntu cost? Absolutely nothing. Ubuntu is Free Software, giving you rights of Software Freedom, and it really is free of software licensing charges. Who is Canonical Ltd? Canonical Ltd is the European-based company that sponsors Ubuntu. Find out more about Canonical. How does Canonical make money? Canonical revenues come from its commercial support contracts and engineering services. Canonical offers global, 24x7 support services to customers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to schools and research institutes to governments. What are the different versions of Ubuntu?