Enjoy the simplicity of Ubuntu’s intuitive interface. Fast, secure and with thousands of apps to choose from — for everything you want to do, Ubuntu has what you need. Most are available for free and can be installed with just a few clicks. It is backed by Canonical, a global software vendor that provides commercial, design and engineering support to the Ubuntu project. Today, our hardware enablement team supports the pre-installation of Ubuntu on more than 10% of all new PCs shipped, worldwide.

Ubuntu is named after the African philosophy of ubuntu, which Canonical translates as “humanity to others” or “I am what I am because of who we all are”. Their desktop release, available since 2004, has always been focused on making Linux as a general-use desktop operating system as simple as possible, supporting a wide array of hardware and devices and including useful software to provide a complete and fully capable system.

There are no hard numbers to support this claim but it is a widely held belief that Ubuntu is by far the dominant Linux distribution in terms of desktop use. That translates to wide adoption, support and compatibility. Put simply, if somebody creates software for Linux, it almost certainly runs on Ubuntu (and, by extension, any distribution based on Ubuntu). It is also the choice for the majority of hardware manufacturers who sell Linux-based computers. These include companies such as Dell, Lenovo, HP and a multitude of others. In fact, if you prefer to purchase a new computer with Linux pre-installed, odds are it will be Ubuntu.

Ubuntu provides two choices, a long-term and short-term release. Long and short here refer to the length of time they support a given release. The long-term, or LTS, release is supported for five years while the short-term release is supported for nine months. The key difference between the releases is the practice of updating software. LTS releases generally only provide security updates but do also include “hardware enablement” as well, providing support for newer hardware. The short-term releases can provide updated software in addition to security updates so they are “newer”. The trade-off is needing to upgrade to the next version on a fairly regular basis. This is often a seamless process but isn’t fool-proof. Users looking for stability and longevity should consider the LTS option while those who want newer software can opt for the short-term release.