The world of tech gets “Ubuntu” and it is winning awards!

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UBUNTU is winning awards!

A tweet I received today was welcome good news:

Ubuntu Touch, Canonical’s new mobile OS, beat out Firefox OS to win the best of ‪#MWC13‬ from CNET ‪ ‬ ‪#ICYMI‬

But what is UBUNTU?

To quote the About Ubuntu page on the website (found here):
ubuntu |oǒ’boǒntoō|
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
To quote Benjamin Mako Hill:
Ubuntu’s original name was, and I’m serious, “”
Finally, Mark settled on the name Ubuntu which he though represented the spirit of sharing and cooperation that he found appealing in Free Software.
And finally, to quote Mark Shuttleworth himself in the Ubuntu 4.10 Warty Warthog announcement:
“Ubuntu” is an ancient African word for “humanity towards others”, and we think it’s a perfect name for an open source community project.
Hopefully, these quotes help clear up any confusion about the name, ‘Ubuntu’, that you might have had.”

So there you have it. No, the word does not mean African ownership. Wouldn’t that be nice? But do you remember the term for those African pendants from some years ago, you know ones with the gold Africa shapes with a black America inside? I believe they were called Ubuntu (But don’t quote me on that). I still have mine somewhere. Great concept for a high tech system making waves!

BTW, as I scoured the Internet for a pic of that African American necklace (gold shape Africa with Black shape of the United States inside) I could not find it but did find this and this.  Most interesting!


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