What Is A Ubuntu?

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Ubuntu is a full operating system for Linux, freely accessible with assistance from both the community and professionals. The Ubuntu project is founded on the principles expressed in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be accessible free of charge, that people should use software resources in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should be free to customise and modify their software in any way they see fit.

1 - Ubuntu will still be free of charge, and for the "enterprise version" there is no extra cost, we make our very best work available to all on the same free terms.

2 - In order to make Ubuntu accessible to as many people as possible, Ubuntu provides the very best translation and accessibility infrastructure that the Free Software community has to offer.

3 - Ubuntu will be shipped in stable and normal update cycles; every six months the new release will be delivered. An Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) update that is supported for 5 years will become available every two years. The intermediate Ubuntu releases (called progress or non-LTS releases) are funded for 9 months each.

4 - Ubuntu is fully dedicated to open source software development principles; we allow people to use, expand and pass on open-source software.

For both desktop and server use, Ubuntu is suitable. Intel x86 (IBM-compatible PC), AMD64 (x86-64), ARMv7, ARMv8 (ARM64), IBM POWER8 / POWER9 (ppc64el), IBM Z zEC12 / zEC13 / z14 and IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper I+II / Emporer I+II (s390x) are supported in the new Ubuntu update.

Ubuntu provides thousands of pieces of software, starting with version 5.4 of the Linux kernel and GNOME 3.28, covering all common desktop applications, from word processing and spreadsheet applications to internet connectivity applications, web server software, email software, programming languages and tools and, of course, several games.

Sponsorship by Canonical

Project Ubuntu is funded by Canonical Ltd. Canonical will not, now or at some time in the future, charge Ubuntu licence fees. The business model of Canonical is to provide Ubuntu-related technical support and professional services. We also encourage more businesses to provide Ubuntu support and list them on this web site's support pages.

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