Ubuntu has its roots in
the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.
It was initially planned as a simple fork from the main distribution.
Debian tends to be more conservative in how often it releases new
versions. The new fork was set to be a snapshot released every six
months. It was originally released under the name
domain now redirects to the main Ubuntu website.
The six month
release schedule held, but the simple snapshot idea did not. Unlike
other Debian-based forks (e.g., Xandros, Linspire, and Libranet), the
new version remains freely available and uses predominantly free
software (some of the hardware drivers are proprietary).
however, grown beyond its Debian roots and become a distribution in
its own right. Whereas one used to be able to mix and match software
from the two, now one must be more careful about compatibility.
No-name-yet.com eventually became Ubuntu, and the first publically
released version (4.10) was released in October of 2004. It quickly
became very popular among Linux users for its ease of use and advanced
hardware support. It remains the most popular version of Linux
of the distribution is currently funded
by Canonical Ltd, a company
owned and run by Mark Shuttleworth. In July of 2005, Canonical
created the Ubuntu Foundation with an initial endowment of $10 million
(USD). The purpose of the foundation is to support development and to
keep the operating system free of charge should anything happen to
Shuttleworth or the parent company, Canonical.
You can hear Mark Shuttleworth describe what Ubuntu (the operating
system) is in the following interview:
A Brief History of Linux The Linux kernel is the basic programming foundation for the entire Ubuntu operating system. Here is how it started and why it is called GNU/Linux.
Get Ubuntu Linux: Download, Request, or Order Ubuntu Ubuntu can be downloaded or ordered and is available in a couple of versions: 6.06 (Dapper Drake) and 7.04 (Feisty Fawn). Which you use depends on the software you need. This page shows you from where you can download, request, or buy Ubuntu.
Ubuntu vs Windows Vista Ubuntu had many Windows Vista features almost a year before Microsoft released it. Here is how Ubuntu compares to Windows Vista.
Resizing a Windows Installation Resizing a Windows installation is easy with the Ubuntu installer. Installing Ubuntu in parallel to a Windows installation is called 'dual booting' and is a good idea. Here is how to do it.
A Brief History of Ubuntu Ubuntu's history started with Debian GNU/Linux but has since outgrown it. Here is a brief look at Ubuntu's past and how things stand today.
Booting Windows Instead of Ubuntu by Default Grub boots Ubuntu by default. But if you want to make Windows your default operating system without losing Ubuntu, all you need do is change a number in Grub's configuration file. Here is how.
A Primer for Installing Ubuntu Installing Ubuntu should be as easy as possible, and the best guides for this are provided here at Easy Ubuntu Linux. But all the online resources in the world do not help you offline. For this reason, we are providing this PDF primer to help you install Ubuntu.
Image Handling With Ubuntu Ubuntu's image handling surpasses those of other operating systems. Whether you just need to look at your pictures or create first-rate graphics, Ubuntu offers a program to meet your needs.
Photo Editing With the GIMP Ubuntu comes with the GIMP already installed. Here is a brief tutorial on how to edit photos with the GIMP.
Configure Apache Web Server on Ubuntu Apache is a web server available for Ubuntu. With it you can serve web pages from a computer. Here is how to setup Apache as a web server on Ubuntu.
Apache Web Server Configuration on Ubuntu Apache on Ubuntu is a web server that enables you to serve web pages. How well those web pages are served depends on the configuration you use. Here is detailed information on the default configuration of the Apache web server on Ubuntu.
Reading the php.ini File from Ubuntu PHP is one of the web's main languages for development. Understanding how to configure PHP
allows you to create web pages
dynamically on Apache.
The Easy Ubuntu Blog Ubuntu is not always easy. But Easy Ubuntu Linux helps make it that way. Keep it easy with the Easy Ubuntu blog.
Installing a LAMP Server on Ubuntu A LAMP server is one of the most pervasive types of servers on the Internet, but many people find installing LAMP servers difficult. Here is how to install a LAMP server on Ubuntu.
Installing Samba on Ubuntu Samba is the main Ubuntu file sharing server. It allows you to share files with others from your computer. Here is how to use Ubuntu to share files with Samba.
Configuring Samba on Ubuntu I Samba is a file sharing server for Ubuntu Linux. It allows filesharing with others from your computer. This guide shows how to configure Samba on Ubuntu.
Configuring Samba on Ubuntu II Samba is a file sharing server for Ubuntu Linux. It allows filesharing with others from your computer. This is the second page of a guide that shows how to configure Samba on Ubuntu.
Configuring Samba on Ubuntu III: [globals] Samba is a file sharing server for Ubuntu Linux. The [globals] header is part of the Samba configuration file. This guide shows how to configure the [globals] section of the Samba configuration on Ubuntu.
Configuring Samba on Ubuntu IV: [homes] Samba is a file sharing server for Ubuntu Linux. The [homes] header is part of the Samba configuration file. This guide shows how to configure the [homes] section of the Samba configuration on Ubuntu.
Configuring Samba on Ubuntu V: [printers] Samba also functions as a printer managing server for Ubuntu Linux. The [printers] header is part of the Samba configuration file. This guide shows how to configure the [printers] section of the Samba configuration.
Resizing a Windows Installation: A Caution Resizing a Windows installation is easy with the Ubuntu installer. Installing Ubuntu in parallel to a Windows installation is called 'dual booting' and is a good idea. Here is how to do it.
Credit Card Validation Before Processing Processing credit cards is a fundamental process when you do ecommerce on Apache. Here we walk through some of the more common options for credit card processing on Ubuntu.
Credit Card Processing Choices Processing credit cards is a fundamental process when you do ecommerce on Apache. Here we walk through some of the more common options for credit card processing on Ubuntu.
Apache Web Hosting Apache is the main web server provided by web hosting companies. Here are recommendations on which Apache web hosting company to use for your Apache web host.
Linux Notebooks Linux notebooks are not as rare as they once were. It is nonetheless possible to buy a notebook and find that you cannot install Linux on it. Here is a series of guides for how to install Linux on different notebooks.
PCI DSS - What is PCI DSS PCI DSS is one of the most important elements of e-commerce. Even if you run your own credit card processing business, you would be forgiven for wondering 'What is PCI DSS?'. This cryptic abbreviation is explained here.
Sudoers - Registering Users in the Sudoers File Sudoers are those users who can gain administrative access to the system. Their names are listed in the sudoers file. Here is how to be so registered if your username is not in the sudoers file.
Sign Up for Gmail Sign up for Gmail and get several benefits for free. Here is how to sign up for Gmail for free.
Email Solutions on Ubuntu Linux Email solution on Linux vary according to how much control and accessibility you want to have. Here we see what is available
for email solutions under Ubuntu Linux.
Install Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) Install Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) with minimal fuss. Some choices in the installation process are better than others, and this installation guide will help you to install Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) with ease.
OpenOffice Writer OpenOffice Writer is the wordprocessing application of the OpenOffice office suite of productivity applications. Here are the basics of using OpenOffice Writer.
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