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If you go by the statistics at Distrowatch.com, Ubuntu has been the hottest distribution there for quite some time. After the release of their latest version, 6.06 LTS, codenamed "Dapper Drake", Ubuntu is going to get a lot hotter.
Ubuntu first appeared in October of 2004. The name, Ubuntu, is a Zulu word that roughly means "humanity" and was first popularized by Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. The Linux distribution is the brainchild of another notable South African named Mark Shuttleworth. Some of you might remember him as one of the famous (of the Andy Warhol duration) space tourists. Shuttleworth set up the Ubuntu Foundation with some of the money left over from his sale of digital certificate provider Thawte to VeriSign, after, of course, paying the Russians for giving him a lift (pun intended) into space.
Now, producing a good distribution is no easy task. But producing a good distribution that is completely untainted with proprietary software and is easy to install and popular to boot - well that's akin to rocket science. And what better person to undertake this task than someone who's actually flown in one. And Shuttleworth and company have accomplished their mission. The latest version of Ubuntu is an excellent operating system and has clearly put Ubuntu in the top tier of Linux operating systems. Let's have a look at some of the particulars of this particular version of Linux.