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.
Linux was already established as an enterprise server platform in 2004, but free software was not a part of everyday life for most computer users. That's why Mark Shuttleworth gathered a small team of developers from one of the most established Linux projects ? Debian ? and set out to create an easy-to-use Linux desktop: Ubuntu.
The vision for Ubuntu is part social and part economic: free software, available to everybody on the same terms, and funded through a portfolio of services provided by Canonical.
TA Instruments uses the Ubuntu platform to run their Discovery series Thermal Analysis equipment. This fast and stable operating system is running hundreds of TGA and DSC?s around the world and none of the users are the wiser that they are using Proudly South African technology. For information about ubuntu visit: www.ubuntu.com