What does "Ubuntu" mean, and why did they choose that particular name?
The word of Ubuntu is very difficult to explain in one word in English. Some people say it means "humaness, to be human", some describe it as "Humanity in humility".
Bishop Tutu has describe Ubuntu as:
Nelson Mandela describes it as
When I started using Ubuntu I have also found this definition:
Slightly shorter than the previous answer ;-)
And the name was chosen by SABDFL.
Don't forget the humorous definition! :)
Ubuntu is an ancient African word that means "I can't configure Slackware"
To quote the About Ubuntu page on the website:
To quote Benjamin Mako Hill:
And finally, to quote Mark Shuttleworth himself in the Ubuntu 4.10 Warty Warthog announcement:
Hopefully, these quotes help clear up any confusion about the name, 'Ubuntu', that you might have had.
Our work is driven by a belief that software should be free and accessible to all.
We believe that every computer user:
Should have the freedom to download, run, copy, distribute, study, share, change and improve their software for any purpose, without paying licensing fees. Should be able to use their software in the language of their choice. Should be able to use all software regardless of disability. Our philosophy is reflected in the software we produce, the way we distribute it and our licensing terms, too - Ubuntu Licence Policy.
Install Ubuntu and you can rest assured that all our software meets these ideals. Plus, we are continually working to ensure that every piece of software you could possibly need is available under a licence that gives you those freedoms.
Ubuntu software is free. Always was, always will be. Free software gives everyone the freedom to use it however they want and share with whoever they like. This freedom has huge benefits. At one end of the spectrum it enables the Ubuntu community to grow and share its collective experience and expertise to continually improve all things Ubuntu. At the other, we are able to give access to essential software for those who couldn’t otherwise afford it – an advantage that’s keenly felt by individuals and organisations all over the world.
Quoting the Free Software Foundation's, 'What is Free Software,' the freedoms at the core of free software are defined as:
The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.
The freedom to study how the program works and adapt it to your needs. The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others. The freedom to improve the program and release your improvements to the public, so that everyone benefits.
Open source is collective power in action. The power of a worldwide community of highly skilled experts that build, share and improve the very latest software together - then make it available to everyone.
The term open source was coined in 1998 to remove the ambiguity in the English word 'free' and it continues to enjoy growing success and wide recognition. Although some people regard ‘free’ and ‘open source' as competing movements with different ends, we do not. Ubuntu proudly includes members who identify with both.