Ruminations on the Digital Realm

Jan Stedehouder

Ubuntu, what is it? Presentation for the Dutch Gutsy Release Party

On October 27, 2007, the Dutch Ubuntu community had it’s Gutsy Release Party. I was privileged to give a presentation about Ubuntu there. This article is a reflection of that presentation. I have translated both the talk and the slides into English. The slides are available for download here. Enjoy the read, but beware, it’s a lengthy piece.


The organizing committee for the Dutch Gutsy Release Party indicated that the theme of the presentation should be “Ubuntu, what is it?”. The initial response was to create a presentation that describes all current and new features of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon. But with an audience of people that is already working and playing with Ubuntu it becomes something different. We in the evangelizing business call it ‘preaching the gospel to the believers’. I decided to take the liberty to have a more liberal approach to the question: “Ubuntu, what is it?”. It led to five different angles that each provide a piece of the answer and that’s what I want to discuss this afternoon.

The article continues here.


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