One of the special elements of Ubuntu which seems to work to especially attract people who are coming to Linux for the first time, is the name and the implicit South African philosophy of shared humanity and common roots.
Ubuntu is an African concept of “humanity towards others”. It’s “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”. The same ideas are central to the way the Ubuntu community collaborates. Members of the Ubuntu community need to work together effectively, and this code of conduct lays down the “ground rules” for our cooperation.
Desmond Tutu described ubuntu in the following way:
- “A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole.”
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in No Future Without Forgiveness
We chose the name Ubuntu for this distribution because we think it captures perfectly the spirit of sharing and cooperation that is at the heart of the open source movement. In the Free Software world, we collaborate freely on a volunteer basis to build software for everyone’s benefit. We improve on the work of others, which we have been given freely, and then share our improvements on the same basis.
Our work on Ubuntu is driven by a philosophy on software freedom that we hope will spread and bring the benefits of software technology to all parts of the globe.
If you go to your examples folder in your Home Folder then you will find a video called “Excperience ubuntu.ogg”. In this video Nelson Mandela explains the South-African word Ubuntu. You can also watch the video online.
One of the key benefits of using Ubuntu above other operating systems is Ubuntu’s great community. Ubuntu’s community is so great partly because of the Ubuntu Philosophy and Code of Conduct(CoC).