What is the history of Ubuntu? How did Ubuntu originate? Who were the people involved?
Where did it all begin?
Linux was already established as an enterprise server platform in 2004. But free software was still not a part of everyday life for most computer users. That's why Mark Shuttleworth gathered a small team of developers from one of the most established Linux projects – Debian - and set out to create an easy-to-use Linux desktop: Ubuntu.
The vision for Ubuntu is part social and part economic: free software, available free of charge to everybody on the same terms, and funded through a portfolio of services provided by Canonical.
To find out who was involved it is best to checkout the relevant Ubuntu mailing lists. An example would be ubuntu-devel from 2004 ordered by users.