Happy birthday to Ubuntu! The world’s most popular desktop Linux distribution turns 9 years old today.
It was on this very day back in 2004 that Mark Shuttleworth took to the Ubuntu mailing list to announce the inaugural release of Ubuntu 4.10 – codenamed the ‘Warty Warthog’ due to its rough edges.
Nine years, and some nineteen releases on, the Ubuntu desktop we find ourselves sat in-front of today bears little resemblance to that of its younger self. The distro went, virtually overnight, from a Debian-based curiosity – “A space tourist making a Linux distro?!” – to becoming one of the most recognisable and powerful forces in open-source software.