In my recent IT Course I am debating if Ubuntu is a tailored operating system, version wise I would be looking at Ubuntu 10.04 or Ubuntu 9.04 as the specification for the unit course was written in 2010.

This is mainly to help me clear up what it is.

Thanks - Ryan


Ubuntu is not a tailored operating system under the definition that I know. Tailored operating system are usually specifically designed or modified to run a single piece of hardware. The words "embedded system" are usually thrown in for good measure.

The most clear example of a tailored operating system would be an OS designed to power a PDA or similar device and which has only those elements required to correctly operate the device. This might be a modified version of Linux (eg TomTom GPS), Windows (eg various PDA implementations), Android (notably Phones) or any other horizontally deployed operating system (eg many Ebook readers with code compiled to run on low power processors.)

You could possibly argue that the linux kernel, when compiled with modules designed for a specific device might comprise the core of a tailored operating system, however I don't think that you could argue that Ubuntu as an OS product fits this definition.

  • I have to say thank you for this post. I do agree with the fact that the other ones are tailored, I can see that Ubuntu Server could be counted under it as its tailored to be lightweight? But Yes I agree and needed someone to confirm with me that it is not. – Ryan Walmsley Nov 12 '12 at 21:42

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