Is Ubuntu becoming the generic Linux distro?

Joel Bryan Juliano joelbryan.juliano at
Tue Jun 10 15:42:58 BST 2008

On Wed, May 28, 2008 at 12:51 PM, Scott (angrykeyboarder)
<geekboy at> wrote:
> Indeed it is.
> When you consider how many "howtos" there are out there that only mention
> Ubuntu (when in fact the howto will usually work on any Debian-based
> distro - or any Linux distro, period) you know Ubuntu has become generic.
> Let's just hope that everyone doesn't forget it's Ubuntu Linux, and not
> just "Ubuntu". Ubuntu could become a genericized trademark, which is not
> good for Canonical.
> More here:
> Scott

If you have to come up with a name for any software, it's easy to be
carried away from all of the other software suffixes generally used
today like "Professional, Home, Business, 95/98/2000/2003, Linux, etc"
editions, but it's not the point. Ubuntu isn't just about software,
that's why it's not called "Ubuntu Linux", it's more than a software,
it's a product representing communities of people from all over the
world with different goals and ideas, discovering possibilities and
contributing their free time to make things happen for a simple cause,
working with a strong, passionate and enthusiastic desire to help
others and reaching a simple goal towards an open future..

And also consider that there's a Solaris version of Ubuntu, so calling
it "officially" Ubuntu Linux, IMHO would be inconsistent.


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