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What is the right expression?

example 1:

  • This shows Thunderbird on Ubuntu.
  • This shows Thunderbird under Ubuntu.

example 2:

  • I run Octave on Ubuntu.
  • I run Octave under Ubuntu.

Is there a difference? Why? And if there is difference: What is it?


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I think this question will work better at English Language & Usage. – Stefano Palazzo Nov 26 '11 at 21:23
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I use in or on Ubuntu. Never under. Under is for oppressive operating systems where the users are under lock and key, and where processes sometimes performs illegal instructions and must be placed under arrest.

Except for the connotative differences, in, on and under are all correct. But don't use under. We are over that. :)

But seriously; we refer to Ubuntu as a platform and an environment. You don't place things under a platform, but on it, and you don't place something under an environment, but in it. I see no good reason to use the word under in this context at all.

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It's not so clear cut though. Some free operating systems use the term "under" in this way, sometime even in their official documentation. Here's one example; more can be found by searching the web. Words have multiple meanings and, in my opinion, there's no reason to think the negative connotations of "under" are ever applicable to operating systems. – Eliah Kagan Jul 3 '12 at 12:42
As I wrote, there's nothing wrong with using "under", as it's been used for a long time. Linguistically, it's a very strange way to use that word. In what way are you running the program "Under FreeBSD"? I suppose it can stem from things being below the root. But I think most people will consider the kernel to sit at the bottom and everything else above it. If the kernel is on top, then it makes sense to use "under". You know, it's not really that important. :) – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Jul 4 '12 at 23:04

To be perfectly honest, I don't think there's any meaningful difference between the two. You can use whichever one you're most comfortable with.

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