Ubuntu is everywhere – Infographic

This infographic shows the reach of Ubuntu from International Space Station to your laptop

Ubuntu is a Debian-based Linux operating system and distribution for personal computers, smartphones and network servers. It uses Unity as its default user interface. It is based on free software and named after the Southern African philosophy of ubuntu (literally, “human-ness”), which often is translated as “humanity towards others” or “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”.

The popularity of Ubuntu is such that it is used on¬†International space station and is behind the world’s largest supercomputer. It runs the servers of popular online services like Netflix, Snapchat, Pinterest, Reddit, Dropbox, PayPal, Wikipedia, and Instagram, in Google, Tesla, George Hotz, and Uber cars. It is also employed at Bloomberg, Weta Digital and Walmart.The Brigham Young University is using Ubuntu to control the Mars Rover.

To celebrate the forthcoming Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, due for release later this month, on April 21, Canonical took the time to put together a very nice infographic, showing the world how popular Ubuntu is across the world.

“To celebrate our upcoming 16.04 LTS we wanted to shine a bit of light on how many people in the world actually use Ubuntu,” said Alexia Emmanoulopoulou, Demand Generation Marketing Manager, Canonical. “The reality is, hundreds of millions of PCs, servers, devices, virtual machines, and containers have booted Ubuntu to date and are in use!”

According to Canonical’s infographic, there were over 60 million Ubuntu images launched by Docker users, 14 million Vagrant images of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS from HashiCorp, 20 million launches of Ubuntu instances during 2015 in public and private clouds, as well as bare metal, and 2 million new Ubuntu Cloud instances launched in November 2015.

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  1. Ubuntu i the most easiest OS to use after Windows and the main popularity of ubuntu is due to it’s use in servers and cloud.

    • AFTER windows? Easier to use than Windows, and for advanced users it is also much more controllable and configurable, at the same time.

      Can you open software manager and type in “graphics” and get a list of graphics applications and click on one and install it, on Windows?

  2. I love Ubuntu. Just wish photo shop worked with it. That’s the only reason I have a dual boot machine with Windows. I use Ubuntu for everything else. And when I say I wish photo shop worked with it I mean I wish the maker of photo shop would allow it.

    • Try gimp. It’s free and just as powerful as Photoshop. The only difference between the two is a lot of fanboys will not give up their brand loyalty.

      If you’re a good graphic artist, it shouldn’t matter if you use gimp or photoshop.

    • I have Lightroom running happily in a virtual machine on my Ubuntu desktop. Haven’t tried, but I suspect Photoshop might run this way too. Yes, I wish Adobe would see the light on this (particularly since their public servers are likely running some flavor of Linux), but it’s not going to happen any time soon.

  3. Been with Ubuntu since 2009, starting with 11.10.
    Today I compare 14.04 LTS, with Win 10 and say no comparison.
    Switch on with Ubuntu and be on line 42 seconds with 14.04 LTS.
    Switch on Windows and go make coffee, and maybe, just maybe, be ready to go on line when you get back.
    Updates in the background for Ubuntu. In your face for Windows.
    Shut down Ubuntu 3 seconds. Windows yawn! When ever!
    Microsoft are artists they love watching paint dry!


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