“Ubuntu” is an ancient African word, meaning “humanity to others”. Ubuntu also means “I am what I am because of who we all are”. The Ubuntu Linux distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.

Ubuntu (Hoary Hedgehog) 5.04 does everything that something should do right, right. It supports my wireless out of the box, tomboy is only a click away and it does frequency scaling on my processor so it doesn’t use as much power (or make as much noise) when it doesn’t need to. I could get rbscrobbler working in seconds and generally everything worked as I expected. The only slight hassle was chowning my entire home directory to the new user before I could log in properly but that wouldn’t happen to a normal user installing from scratch (I sidegraded from FC3). I could go on for hours in paens of praise but I’ll leave that to the lug radio chaps. I’ve got useful things to do, which Ubuntu makes easier; all you can ask from an OS really.

Update: Ubuntu backports is very useful to get updated versions of applications or things that just missed the cut into the last release. Even though releases come along every six months there’s almost always somethnig that drops off a bit. In the case of Hoary it’s some of the Mono stuff like Beagle. You can use backports to get new versions of the software, usually built from Breezy, the next version of Ubuntu, due for release in October.