Ubuntu will always be free of charge; Canonical will never charge licence fees for Ubuntu.
Ubuntu is shipped in stable and regular release cycles; a new release will be shipped every six months.
Canonical is entirely committed to the principles of Open Source software development; no part of Ubuntu will ever be proprietary, and we encourage people to use it, improve it and pass it on.
Ubuntu is suitable for both desktop and server use. The current Ubuntu release features the GNOME desktop version 2.8, includes the Linux kernel version 2.6 and supports Intel x86, AMD64 (Hammer) and PowerPC architectures. Ubuntu includes more than 1000 pieces of software, from word processing and spreadsheet applications to internet access applications, web server software, email software and games.
I am not working directly on Ubuntu, but rather on improving the tools used by open source developers inside and outside of Canonical. The charter is to build a distributed version-control system that open-source hackers will love to use.
I have been watching and reporting on distributed version control for a few years. Much brilliant work has been done, but I don't think there is anything that is totally satisfactory, something that everyone can love. Yes, the field is crowded, but I think we may yet add something useful. To a large extent this is about finding the best features of existing projects, and trying to make them cleanly coexist.
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