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Ubuntu - A New OS Based On An Old African Concept

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I first heard of the concept of "Ubuntu" from Roger Madison's ( a Black social and business networking site). Imagine my surprise as I've watched the Tech industry, take hold of this purely African concept of humanity, and implement it as a core philosophy in the OS (operating system) wars with Microsoft Windows.

The Ubuntu Operating System ( is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.

They have collected the best of what the open-source world has to offer in Ubuntu 8.04. reports that this Linux-based operating system is capable of mounting a serious challenge to Microsoft Windows and have rewarded it with the "Labs Analyst's Choice" Award (see


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The "Spirit of Ubuntu – that profound African sense that we are human only through the humanity of other human beings.” is central and relative to the official Ubuntu (OS) core philosophy of software freedom that aims to spread and bring the benefits of software to all parts of the world. Ubuntu (OS) is essentially a collective database of open-source software from independent developers.

Hence the Spirit of Ubuntu - It only exists through the contributions of others. Ubuntu (OS) combines all the software application licenses necessary to enable the Ubuntu community to grow, continue to share its collective experience and unlike other OS companies, provide the expertise to improve Ubuntu and make it suitable for use in new countries and new industries.

With the public acceptance of non-Windows based multi-platform applications, such as FireFox, Safari, and Linux, the Ubuntu (OS) is finding a wide base of consumer popularity. As an online advocate, I'm always encouraging my readership to try new technology, develop new products/services, and discover new markets.

The Ubuntu (OS) may be a way to go for Black software developers and content producers looking for;

The freedom to run their software program, for any purpose.
The freedom to study how the program works and adapt it to their needs.
The freedom to redistribute copies so they can help others.
The freedom to improve the program and release their improvements to the public, so that everyone benefits.


Wikipedia has a great definition of Ubuntu (plus a video from Nelson Mandela) . They quote Archbishop Desmond Tutu; "A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole".

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