The project was founded by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth via his company, Canonical Ltd. According to Wikipedia, the name "Ubuntu" comes from the South African concept of Ubuntu — roughly, "humanity towards others".
- 2007-09-13 Linux’s Free System Is Now Easier to Use, But Not for Everyone by Walter S. Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal: includes video
- The official method of upgrading from 6.06 to 6.10 is:
gksu "update-manager -c"
- ...however, many people are reportedly having problems with this.
The KUbuntu equivalent for this is:
sudo "update-manager -c"
or, if you would prefer to be interacted with before actually doing the update:
Some versions of Kubuntu do not come with update-manager, but it can be installed via apt However, it apparently needs additional modules which may need to be installed as well; it may just be easier to use another method.
- The standard install does not include many available packages; to access the additional packages, you need to enable (or add) the appropriate repositories. This can be done either through one of the package managers (apt, Synaptic, Adept) or by directly editing sources.list. sample sources.list
- When running the LiveCD, the user is apparently "ubuntu" with an empty password (this works for logging in). Unfortunately, this doesn't work for unlocking a locked session. What you can do, however, is start a new session, then change your password within that session, log out, and use the new password to log back in to your original session. (On an IBM Thinkpad, however, the screen became munged after ending the 2nd session, and we haven't been able to figure out how to fix that.)
- Many (all?) GUI apps seem to generate the following errors when run from the console, even though they may work just fine:
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 166 Major opcode: 144 Minor opcode: 3 Resource id: 0x0 Failed to open device X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 166 Major opcode: 144 Minor opcode: 3 Resource id: 0x0 Failed to open device ScimInputContextPlugin() ~ScimInputContextPlugin()
Does anyone know what this means?
- Despite what some Linux purist-enthusiasts may say, Ubuntu is trying to become as user-friendly as Windows. "Microsoft has a majority market share in the new desktop PC marketplace" is listed as Bug #1 on the Bugs in Ubuntu database.