Happy 10th Birthday Ubuntu!

10 years ago today, Mark Shuttleworth made the 4th post ever to the ubuntu-announce mailing list when he wrote: Announcing Ubuntu 4.10 “The Warty Warthog Release”

In this announcement, Mark wrote:

Ubuntu is a new Linux distribution that brings together the extraordinary breadth of Debian with a fast and easy install, regular releases (every six months), a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default and a commitment to security updates with 18 months of security and technical support for every release.

So it’s with much excitement, the Ubuntu News team wishes Ubuntu a happy 10th Birthday!

Ubuntu cake

Over the years, we’ve had several cakes celebrating releases, here are a sampling we found on Flickr, first from the 8.04 release party in London:

ubuntu cake

And an amazing trio from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada for 9.10, 10.10 and 11.04:

Ubuntu 9.10: Karmic Koala Release Party

And dozens of strictly Ubuntu logo cakes over the years (this one from 2006):

Ubuntu cake!!

With the release of 14.10 just days away, enjoy your release parties and perhaps take some time to reflect upon how far we’ve come in these 10 years!

Posted by Elizabeth K. Joseph, on behalf of the Ubuntu News Team

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3 Responses to “Happy 10th Birthday Ubuntu!”

  1. Grant Paton-Simpson Says:

    I started playing with Ubuntu at about Dapper and started using it seriously around Intrepid – thanks! And happy birthday!

  2. Massimiliano Arione Says:

    I’m glad you used the picture of my birthday cake! 🙂
    Happy b’day Ubuntu!!

  3. Chas Says:

    Congratulations from another grateful retired end user.
    Ubuntu 5.04 was the first release I used on a dual-boot PC in 2005. Long term support releases have kept it working for 9 years.
    Now I have just bought a new desktop machine , installed 14.04.1 and transferred all my documents, pictures and emails from the old one. This is also dual boot because our tax collector insists on Flashplayer.
    I am sure Ubuntu will outlive me and my new machine.

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