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The launch of Ubuntu was first announced in September 2004. Although a relative newcomer to the Linux distribution scene, the project took off like no other before, with its mailing lists soon filled in with discussions by eager users and enthusiastic developers. In the few years that followed, Ubuntu has grown to become the most popular desktop Linux distribution and has greatly contributed towards developing an easy-to-use and free desktop operating system that can compete well with any proprietary ones available on the market. What was the reason for Ubuntu's stunning success? Firstly, the project was created by Mark Shuttleworth, a charismatic South African multimillionaire, a former Debian developer and the world's second space tourist, whose company, the Isle of Man-based Canonical Ltd, is currently financing the project.
This is a category of articles relating to software that meets The Free Software Definition . That is to say that users can freely use, study, copy, redistribute, modify, and publish modified versions of the software, making it " free software " or " open-source software ". In practical terms, this means either software whose source code has been released into the public domain , or software which is distributed with a free software license , including, but not limited to, the list of FSF approved software licenses , and whose source code is available to anyone who receives a copy of the software. Going forward, please add articles to specific sub-categories instead of to this general category. Subcategories This category has the following 35 subcategories, out of 35 total.