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Ubuntu wraps up a super year
Dec. 08, 2005

Why is Ubuntu rising ahead of competing Linux distros? What features make it a good distribution for family use -- not just for Mom and Dad, but for children of all ages?

Software developer Jay Allen approaches the latter of these questions in an excellent article published on

Allen decided to evaluate Edubuntu to see if it might fit his criteria as a system for all ages. Edubuntu, a partner project of Ubuntu Linux, is a distribution aimed at classroom use.

"Who says the Linux operating system is for nerds? Not Mark Shuttleworth and the folks at Ubuntu, whose mission is to create a Linux desktop computer 'for human beings,' regardless of language or disability," Allen writes.

"One of Ubuntu's editions is Edubuntu, a Linux desktop designed especially for kids," he continues. "Edubuntu bills itself as an operating system chock full of educational software and games, desktop publishing applications, and even painting and 3D rendering software -- all free of charge, courtesy of the devoted Linux community. If Edubuntu takes off, it could be a boon for everybody ..."

Allen offers an evaluation of the operating system and gives his opinion as to whether Edubuntu is ready for the non-tech-savvy family. What was his verdict?

To find out, read Allen's article, here.

Why is Ubuntu rising ahead of competing Linux distros?

While we're on the topic of the Ubuntu family tree, it might be noted that 2005 has been a very good year for Shuttlesworth's baby.

The three versions -- Ubuntu (GNOME-based), Kubuntu (KDE-based), and Edubuntu -- are being downloaded with increasing frequency; the distro was named best in show at the London LinuxWorld in September; and now an OSDL survey has it ranked No. 1.

The results of a desktop Linux survey taken last month by the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) showed Ubuntu to be the leading choice among 3,300 survey respondents.

Writer Sal Cangeloso has written an article, published this week on, discussing what it is about Ubuntu that's causing all the commotion. To read his perspective on this topic, go here.

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