Ubuntu is a South African philosophy linked to loyalty and solidarity. The term comes from the Zulu and Xhosa languages and can be translated as “humanity towards others” or “I am because we are”.
Truth, reconciliation or solidarity are other values and principles closely related to this African philosophy. A “doctrine” that became the fundamental pillar of the new republic of South Africa because it is considered vital to be able to carry out what has been called the African renaissance. This notion has become popular in the field of technology, as Ubuntu is the name chosen by the British company Canonical Ltd. to refer to a GNU/Linux distribution that is based on Debian GNU/Linux.
In this sense, Ubuntu is an operating system focused on ease of use and installation, designed for the average user. That’s why its motto is “Ubuntu: Linux for humans”. Ubuntu is made up of several software packages, most of which are distributed under a free and open source license. This operating system is non-profit (available for free) and takes advantage of developer community resources to improve its performance. Ease of use is one of the reasons why Ubuntu has become an increasingly constant presence in the technology market. However, we must not forget that another of these reasons is the set of applications that it has incorporated for the satisfaction of its users. Specifically, we would have to point out that it has a music player, a web browser, a disc burner, an office suite, a multimedia player, an instant messaging client, a text editor, a document reader, a manager and a photo editor, a file manager and an email client. All these elements that make Ubuntu a very complete alternative. And the fact that it is presented with high standards of safety and accessibility also contributes to this. The success achieved with this operating system at the computer level led his company Canonical to be encouraged to make versions for another series of technological devices. In this way, we now have Ubuntu Phone for smartphones, Ubuntu TV for television or Ubuntu Tablet for tablets, among others. The system is financed by selling technical support and other services related to the operating system. Ubuntu has new versions every six months, which are supported by Canonical. The collaborative aspect of Ubuntu is reflected in the possibility that any user can make suggestions and present ideas for future versions of the operating system. To do so, simply enter the community’s official website and publish proposals or vote on others made by other users.
Ubuntu has versions in over 130 languages, including Spanish. It can be downloaded from the Internet or installed via CD.