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Episode 3:02: The Utopic Tale of Ubuntu

Coming up in this episode

  1. The origins of the shirts
  2. Ubuntu's history
  3. And some thoughts on 22.04

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Audio Timestamps
0:00 Cold Open
1:30 The Origin of the Shirts
6:43 Lubuntu's in the Backporting Biz
9:45 Ubuntu's History
11:30 2004
17:01 2005
20:11 2006
24:01 2007
29:55 2008
36:39 2009
40:16 2010
47:52 2011
55:05 2012
1:02:35 2013
1:10:03 2014
1:15:00 2015
1:20:19 2016
1:25:26 2017
1:28:49 2018
1:31:17 2019
1:33:49 2020
1:35:55 2021
1:37:19 2022
1:39:43 A Couple Thoughts on Ubuntu
1:48:13 A New Distro, and a Thanks!
1:50:26 Stinger

  • Dan's Shirt
  • Leo's Shirt
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Ubuntu The Saga Some fast links:
  • Main Web Page
  • Ubuntu Forums
  • AskUbuntu
  • Ubuntu Discourse
  • Launchpad
  • Official Flavours
  • Wiki

There are way too many links to get them all!

We gathered a great deal from the official Ubuntu Blog

  • The Inception
  • Bug #1
  • October 20, 2004 Warty Warthog 4.10 was the first release.
  • Shipit came about the same time
  • Hoary Hedgehog, 5.04, is released adding KDE and the Kubuntu flavor.
  • Ubuntu Foundation is Created
  • Warty's 18 months are up
  • Dapper Drake, 6.06, is released. To date the only release that was late. Also, Xubuntu joined the family with the Xfce desktop.
  • Scott James Remnant dubbed it the Late To Ship release
  • Edgy Eft, 6.10 is released, now with more Upstart
  • Launch Pad 1.0 Beta released
  • Dell offers Ubuntu 7.04 on select devices in the US
  • first release of Ubuntu Studio
  • Gutsy Gibbon, 7.10 Desktop, is released. Mythubuntu and Gobuntu appear here.
  • Launchpad is released
  • System76 joined the fray
  • Landscape, system management and monitoring tools for Ubuntu, launches
  • Hardy Heron, 8.04 LTS, released for Desktop. Wubi is also released.
  • Gobuntu has been made redundant
  • Launchpad 2.0 released
  • Canonical open sources Launchpad
  • Karmic Koala, 9.10, is relased and so is Ubuntu One
  • Lucid Lynx, 10.04, released and the first hints of Lubuntu, though not official yet.
  • Unity announced
  • Ubuntu and Canonical sites get a facelift. See it here
  • Canonical announces Ubuntu Advantage
  • Unity shows lots of improvement, but it's NOT A DOCK! (See it in action)
  • Quitter talk - Blog post
  • Shipit comes to an end
  • Oneiric Ocelot, 11.10, is released. and Lubuntu becomes official.
  • The HUD is introduced.
  • Precise Pangolin, 12.04, is released. Includes the Heads Up Display
  • Favorable reviews of Ubuntu as a whole, but also Unity
  • The traditional installer/live CD is dead.
  • Ubuntu comes to the phone
  • Raring Ringtail, 13.04, is released.
    • focus on mobile ahead of the 14.04 release
    • Wubi has unresolved bugs
    • Ubuntu Kylin was born
  • Ubuntu Edge Announced.
  • Edge fails to meet its goal
  • Ubuntu Kylin hits 1.3m downloads
  • Ubuntu One's file services are being shut down
  • Ubuntu Mate Remix is announced
  • Mark Shuttleworth announces "Snappy Ubuntu"
  • The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu edition is available
  • "Snappy Ubuntu Core" on Raspberry Pi 2
  • Vivid Vervet 15.04, is released.
    • Ubuntu MATE, nearly called Mubuntu, gets its first "official flavor" release
  • Snapcraft is announced and Snappy Apps are being called Snaps now
  • ZFS is coming to Ubuntu
  • Acknowledgement that Snaps don't quite look right a lot of times.
  • Mark Shuttleworth announces that Ubuntu's Unity experiement has failed and Gnome, not Unity8 will be the default session in Ubuntu 18.04. This also marks the end of Ubuntu Phone.
  • The next day, however, Marius Gripsgard of UBPorts stepped up to take the reins.
  • Zesty Zappus, 17.04, is released. and with it Ubuntu Budgie becomes an official flavor.
  • Ubuntu 16.04 shows up in the Windows Store, for the Windows Subsystem for Linux.
  • Canonical joins the Gnome Foundation Advisory Board ahead of the 18.04 release.
  • Bionic Beaver, 18.04, is released. and Gnome is the default DE again.
  • Bryan Quigley, looks to drop 32-bit hardware support
  • Cosmic Cuttlefish, 18.10, is released.
    • 32-bit support is now in consideration to be removed, so upgrades from 18.04 are forbidden on 32-bit installs.
    • Lubuntu Switches to LXQt from LXDE
  • Mir 1.0 is released
  • Disco Dingo, 19.04, is released. No more 32bit isos, long live 32bit.
  • Ubuntu for WSL2
  • i386 architecture, or rather 32-bit support, will be dropped
  • i386 architecture will not be dropped
  • Eoan Ermine 19.10, is released.
    • Experimental ZFS support on installation is available
    • Chromium is snap-only
  • Rocco Interviews Mark Shuttleworth on Linux Spotlight
  • Ubuntu in Pop Culture
  • Focal Fossa, 20.04, is released.
    • Hardware enablement is on by default on the desktop.
    • The Snap Store tags in for Ubuntu Software
  • Groovy Gorilla 20.10, is released.
    • Active Directory support gets added to the installer
  • Snaps get faster
  • Another lurch forward for snap theming.
  • The Ubuntu installer is being rewritten in Flutter.
  • Impish Indri, 21.10, is released.
    • Firefox follows Chromium and switches from a deb to a snap - Only for main Ubuntu, not the flavors... yet.
  • Ubuntu gets their shiny new logo
  • Jammy Jellyfish, 22.04, is released.
    • Better Active Directory integration
    • Flavors follow main Ubuntu and switch to the snap of Firefox.
  • A big push to improve Firefox snap performance
  • The push to improve Firefox continues

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