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Az Ubuntu világa
The World of Ubuntu

Author(s): Tamás Kozma
Subject(s): Evaluation research, Policy, planning, forecast and speculation, ICT Information and Communications Technologies
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: software; operating system; Ubuntu; Linux; evaluation;

Summary/Abstract: Ubuntu is a Linux-based computer operating system. Sponsored by Mark Shuttleworth, a South African entrepreneur, Ubuntu is distributed as a free and open source software. Shuttleworth and his company Canonical Ltd. is committed to the principle of free software development. Ubuntu is named after an African philosophy, in which Ubuntu means “humanity towards others”. The different releases of the operating system are named after protected species (Warty Warthog, Hoary Hedgehog etc.). Ubuntu is designed primarily for use on personal computers, though a server edition also exists. Ubuntu is more than just an operating system – it is a symbol of a movement that encourages its members and participants to fight against closed source softwares, against developers and distributors of closed source softwares and, more widely, against the trans-national monopolisation of information. This movement goes hand in hand with the environmental movement and looks at the possibilities within and the reality of Tim Jackson’s “prosperity without growth”.

  • Issue Year: 21/2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 213-222
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Hungarian