According to the official documentation at Ubuntu.com, “Ubuntu is a complete desktop Linux operating system, freely available with both community and professional support.” The documentation emphasizes that the Ubuntu community is based on the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and even with disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customize their software to meet their specific needs.
The documentation also notes that Ubuntu is designed for both desktop and server use. The latest version of Ubuntu supports Intel x86, AMD64 and PowerPC (Apple iBook and Powerbook, G4 and G5) architectures.
Ubuntu comprises well over 1000 software programs, including the Linux kernel version 3.2 and GNOME 3.4, as well as nearly every desktop application from word processing and spreadsheet applications to internet access apps, web server software, a number of email suites, programming languages, tools and a variety of games.
Ubuntu Project Is Sponsored by Canonical
A for-profit firm, Canonical Ltd., is the sponsor of the Ubuntu Project. Canonical has committed to not charge any license fees for Ubuntu now or in the future. Canonical’s proven business model is offering technical support and professional services related to Ubuntu to enterprises of all sizes. Other companies that offer support for Ubuntu will also be listed on the Support pages of the Ubuntu.com website.
Idera application and server management products such as SQL Server Backup Manager are designed to work with virtually all Linux distributions, including Ubuntu editions 5.04 to 10.10.