1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

The Visual History of Ubuntu

Michael Larabel

Published on 16 March 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 8 - Comment On This Article

While Debian has been around for over a decade, Gentoo for five years, and Mandriva/Mandrake for nearly nine years, in less than three years of existence Ubuntu has received the most attention and generated the greatest amount of publicity in the Linux limelight. Why is that? In this article we will be taking a look back at all of the Ubuntu releases to date and exploring how this Linux distribution has evolved so quickly over its short lifespan.

Founded in 2004 as the no-name-yet.com project, Ubuntu was the brainchild of Mark Shuttleworth. Ubuntu is funded by Canonical Limited, which runs off of Mark Shuttleworth's dime, to work on Ubuntu as well as other free software projects. Most are familiar with Mark either due to his space tourism expedition or from starting Thawte. The name Ubuntu was chosen to be representative of the Free Software and open-source development model. Ubuntu is based upon Debian -unstable. With one exception to date, all Ubuntu releases have been based upon a six month development cycle that aligns with GNOME releases.

In less than three years of existence, Ubuntu has outpaced Fedora, Debian, SuSE, and other Linux distributions for the number one spot on DistroWatch as well as having sported several other awards. Ubuntu has also been a popular topic of discussion for Linux users on the social networking web-site Digg. Among the attributing factors to the success of Ubuntu has been Mark Shuttleworth's involvement and funding, regular releases, ease of use, choice of packages, and the community that has formed. For assisting those on slower Internet connections, Ubuntu will even ship Ubuntu-loaded CDs to users around the world who request this free media and they have been doing this since the beginning.

To date Ubuntu has released five versions -- 4.10 Warty Warthog, 5.04 Hoary Hedgehog, 5.10 Breezy Badger, 6.06 Dapper Drake, and 6.10 Edgy Eft. In this article we will also cover 7.04 Feisty Fawn, which will be released this April. On the following pages you can see our comments as we look back at each of these distributions by reinstalling them and comparing the past to present.

Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. MSI X99S SLI PLUS On Linux
  2. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance
  3. CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell
  4. From The Atom 330 To Haswell ULT: Intel Linux Performance Benchmarks
Latest Linux Articles
  1. RunAbove: A POWER8 Compute Cloud With Offerings Up To 176 Threads
  2. 6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Linux Desktop Benchmarks
  3. Ubuntu 14.10 XMir System Compositor Benchmarks
  4. Btrfs RAID HDD Testing On Ubuntu Linux 14.10
Latest Linux News
  1. openSUSE Factory & Tumbleweed Are Merging
  2. More Fedora Delays: Fedora 21 Beta Slips
  3. Mono Brings C# To The Unreal Engine 4
  4. Coreboot Now Has Support For Intel Broadwell Hardware
  5. Enlightenment's EFL 1.12 Alpha Has Evas GL-DRM Engine, OpenGL ES 1.1 Support
  6. GTK+ Lands Experimental Backend For Mir Display Server
  7. Ubuntu 14.10 Officially Released
  8. Mesa 10.4 Might Re-Enable HyperZ For R600g/RadeonSI
  9. Intel GVT-g GPU Virtualization Moves Closer
  10. GTK+ 3.16 To Bring Several New Features
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  2. Ubuntu 16.04 Might Be The Distribution's Last 32-Bit Release
  3. Linux hacker compares Solaris kernel code:
  4. HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++
  5. Advertisements On Phoronix
  6. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
  7. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs
  8. Proof that strlcpy is un-needed