1. Ubuntu indicated a focus on the desktop
At the time of launch of Ubuntu in 2004, Linux was usable on desktop computers and laptops, but it was not very convenient. Canonical promoted Ubuntu as “Linux for people” and added features that facilitated the use of Linux as the primary operating system. This includes easy-to-install hardware drivers and multimedia codecs.
You can order a CD of Ubuntu directly to your door.
Canonical focused on the desktop. She attempted to integrate the messaging directly to the desktop, created a service to sync files and Ubuntu One music store and eventually developed his own Unity interface. Since Canonical stopped supporting these projects, but the desire to experiment has caused excitement from using Linux desktop.
Linux is still more common on servers than on laptops, and Ubuntu is probably no longer the easiest and most intuitive option. Plus a lot of developers outside the Ubuntu community deserve credit for what made desktop Linux a more stable and enjoyable.
However, desktop Linux is now in a much better state than a decade and a half ago, and Canonical has played an important role in this process.
2. Linux became available on more devices
Part of the strategy Canonical is to provide a convenient desktop Linux ready for the user was offered Ubuntu as an alternative in the stores. To develop this idea, the company turned to the equipment manufacturers. Over time, the number of options has grown as from small companies such as System76, and multinationals such as Dell.
I think you’ll find Ubuntu in a regular store today? No. But Dell is not the only major corporate sponsor. HP also sells computers with Ubuntu. Currently, there are many computers running Linux, which can be purchased in various companies.
Canonical has long occupied a niche of the consumer PC with Linux, even when it’s time for young players such as System76 with Pop!_OS and Purism with PureOS.
3. Ubuntu has brought millions of users
Canonical strategy aimed to use the focus on the desktop and consumer equipment has paid off. People have installed Ubuntu, and now I neee to millions of users more than other versions of Linux.
Awareness Ubuntu has become so big that you can mention the distribution for normal computer enthusiasts and expect them to know what you’re talking about.
Many of us started as users of Ubuntu, but moved on to other options. I odnosot to this type of people. Though I do not use Ubuntu, but I’m thankful for this operating system that I have provided a simple place for exploring and learning Linux. Many projects now have developers who probably would not be part of the community without Ubuntu.
4. Thanks to Ubuntu there are many other popular distributions
Ubuntu is one of the most popular OS for desktop computers based on Linux, but the most important element of the infrastructure that serves as the basis for many alternative solutions.
When you start Ubuntu, you download the application from the software repository server, which stores all the programs and features, ensuring operation of your computer. Developers create and maintain these applications, which subsequently propagate through the repositories.
Canonical does not create most of the code in its repositories, but some components such as the Linux kernel, pass an additional test and get additional fixes for security.
Linux Mint, elementaryOS and Pop!_OS – the three basic alternatives Ubuntu, they all use the repository. Canonical does not charge them or anyone else a fee for the service. So Canonical and the Ubuntu community contribute to the development of Linux.
5. Canonical has created a new universal package format
How developers distribute software on Linux, is constantly changing. Instead of considering a model repository software on our desktops is coming with many new applications using universal package formats. One of these is the snap format, developed by Canonical.
Until now, many developers have created programs for Ubuntu and have not experienced difficulties with versioning, who also worked on other versions of Linux. If you used a distro based on RPM, not DEB as Ubuntu, you cannot install the program, if you do not make an effort to create the application package using the source files.
After you have completed the simple steps to create snap package, you may install the obtained application package regardless of whether you are working with Ubuntu.
Again, snaps is not the only generic package format for Linux. But Canonical has done everything possible to attract developers and help them get through the process of creating software packages. This contributed to the rapid spread among people or companies, which may not be worried about having to find some alternative.
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6. Ubuntu is attracting third-party commercial software
One of the strengths of Ubuntu compared to other distros, is to attract third-party developers. In particular, Ubuntu brings more cross-platform, commercial, paid programs that already exist on Windows or MacOS.
As I mentioned, this is not always beneficial to the Linux ecosystem. But in some cases, for example, with Steam, the programs that come with Ubuntu quickly spread to the other distributions. This brings new opportunities for gamers or professionals associated with the use of specific applications. Now Linux has become much more viable.
With snap format, now rarely go out only for Ubuntu. Applications available in the app store more accessible to all.
7. Canonical adapted GNU/Linux for smartphones
Smartphones Android use the Linux kernel, but that’s all they have in common with the version of Linux that you can install on your computer. This is due to the fact that most of the components except the kernel are not the same.
Ubuntu Touch Canonical has sought to make a Linux version comparable to the desktop version of Ubuntu available for mobile devices. And they did it! Of course, these devices had limitations. The updates were difficult to spread, and the phones were only available in several markets.
Ultimately, Canonical did not see sufficient success to continue investing in the project.
However, the interface of the Ubuntu Touch continues to work through the project UBports. The open-source Ubuntu Touch, community members were able to continue where stopped Canonical. Ubuntu Touch is one of the options available for PinePhone, and it can also be run on a Librem 5.
It is also suitable to serve a number of smartphones with the Android operating system.
8. Launchpad became the basis for many projects.
Launchpad is a place where thousands of free applications open source. It’s like Github, but without the relations with Microsoft.
Launchpad started as a private project to generate income for Canonical, which the company could then use to support further development of Ubuntu. After criticism of Canonical is gradually released parts of the site with various options under license open source up until in 2009 he became the Launchpad is not available with open source.
In the past decade, Launchpad was used as the open-source infrastructure projects, it can be used for sharing source code, track bugs, participate in discussions and send messages associated with applications or other creations.
Linux Mint, elementaryOS, Inkscape and Exaile I came to Launchpad at some point in its development.
How good is Ubuntu?
Ubuntu is a great operating system based on Linux. In the absence of other options, I would have used it instead of Windows and MacOS. Canonical and large the community has done a great job for many years. How do you think I missed in this article? Write about that in the comments.