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What's the meaning of the Ubuntu logo? Where does this logo come from?

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Ubuntu means "an ethic or humanist philosophy focusing on people's allegiances and relations with each other". And the logo is a graphical representation of 3 people holding their arms out, making a circle. See these 2 images:

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So the logo is perfectly describing the word Ubuntu.

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I also think, the logo are 3 people, holding their hands. ubuntu means humanity. – bluefirex May 14 '11 at 13:45
This is also why the logo is often referred to as "The Circle Of Friends". – K. Hendrik May 14 '11 at 13:59

The Ubuntu logo is called "circle of friends", read following reference may be will interest to you.


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Ubuntu is a South African philosophy which means humanity towards others.

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This answers the meaning of the word 'Ubuntu' not the meaning of the Ubuntu logo. – N.N. Sep 12 '11 at 18:22
okay I know that. But to know the meaning of logo you need to know the meaning of word Ubuntu. And logo clearly explains that. – Priyank Sep 13 '11 at 4:17
You should add something about the connection between the meaning of the word and the logo then. – N.N. Sep 13 '11 at 6:44

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