Ubuntu Warty Warthog
December 3, 2004
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been using Ubuntu 4.10 “Warty Warthog”.
Even if the version can make it feel like something already battle-tested, this is the first release of Ubuntu. The 4.10 version indicates the year and month of release using the YY.MM schema.
Mark Shuttleworth has sent the Ubuntu release announcement. He became a millionaire by selling Thawte Consulting, a Certificate Authority that he founded in 1995, to Symantec in 1999. His most famous achievement has probably been being the second paying space tourist and the first South African in space. In the Linux space, Shuttleworth contributed to the Debian project in the 90s and created the Shuttleworth Foundation in 2001 to support social projects that are free and open source. Recently has founded Canonical Ltd, which is the company behind Ubuntu.
As for Ubuntu itself, it’s a derivate of Debian Testing with very few changes on top. The default packets list is longer than Debian’s; in fact, it arrives with more preinstalled software and better hardware compatibility.
I’m not sure for how long I’ll keep it because I think I’ll go back to Debian Testing soon.