Ubuntu Linux 5.04
Paid support for Ubuntu is available directly from Canonical, and it is the only way Canonical profits from Ubuntu. Canonical offers full support for packages in main, limited support for packages in restricted and no support for software in universe or multiverse. In addition, companies other than Canonical are offering support for Ubuntu. A list of support companies is available on the ubuntulinux.org Web site.
Ubuntu has a large and growing community. Much of the documentation is community-written Wiki documentation. There are also Web forums, mailing lists and an IRC channel.
Ubuntu Linux is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to run Linux on a desktop system. It's easy to install and to administer. Everyone from beginners to experts can use and appreciate it. And it's free. If you are looking for a new Linux distribution, give Ubuntu a try.
Debian and Ubuntu
Debian and Ubuntu have a close relationship. Ubuntu is built on top of Debian, using Debian tools and starting with Debian packages. However, the two projects cannot mesh perfectly.
Debian supports many different architectures, including ones considered obsolete, such as Motorola 68K; Ubuntu currently supports only three. Debian eschews hard deadlines for releases, while Ubuntu has committed to making a release every six months. Ubuntu already has transitioned to X.org's X11 system, while Debian still is using XFree86 release 4.3. Many packages from Ubuntu would install poorly on a Debian system, and vice versa.
Are Debian and Ubuntu fated to drift even farther apart? Debian cannot match Ubuntu's six-month release cycle without making major changes, and it probably shouldn't try. But once Debian finishes its next release, it likely will update Debian from Ubuntu, bringing the two projects somewhat closer together again.
The Debian Project and the Ubuntu Project have similar aims. Some of the Ubuntu developers are Debian developers too, and improvements and bug fixes done for Ubuntu are fed back into Debian as much as possible. Although other Debian-based distributions of Linux have branched off completely from Debian in the past, Ubuntu is making an effort to maintain closer ties.
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