Ubuntu is a Debian-derived distribution ("distro") of Linux with a focus on server, workstation, and home desktop use.  Its ability to fulfill the "Year of the Linux Desktop" promise in 2007 with a moderate amount of success has made it the most popular distro and the one most often recommended to users new to Linux.

In 2011, its status as a newbie-frendly distro was questioned when the company developing and maintaining Ubuntu, Canonical, replaced the GNOME desktop with its own tablet-oriented desktop interface, Unity.


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