Meet Ubuntu

Fast, free and incredibly easy to use, the Ubuntu operating system powers millions of desktop PCs, laptops and servers around the world.

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Reach out and touch it

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is the latest release of Ubuntu. Designed to work beautifully on the latest laptops, desktops and touch screen devices, it looks incredible on high resolution screens — and with touch screen enhancements and interface refinements including individual menu bars in each application window, it’s now even easier to use.

Beautiful

To use Ubuntu is to fall in love with it. The desktop environment is intuitive but powerful, so you can work quickly and accomplish all you can imagine. With full support for devices with touchscreens and trackpads as well as traditional keyboards and mice, you’ll be captivated by its elegance.

Secure

With the Firefox web browser, you can surf safely and with the confidence that your files and data will stay protected — thanks to the built-in firewall and virus protection. And if a potential vulnerability appears, we provide automatic updates which you can install in a single click.

Fast

Ubuntu loads quickly on any computer, but it’s super-fast on newer machines. With no unnecessary programs or trial software to slow things down, you can boot up and open a browser
in seconds.

Compatible

Ubuntu works brilliantly with a range of devices. Simply plug in your MP3 player, camera or printer and you’ll be up and running straightaway. No installation CDs. No fuss. And Ubuntu is compatible with Windows files too, so you can open, edit and share Microsoft Office documents stress-free.

Accessible

We believe that computing is for everyone regardless of nationality, gender or disability. Fully translated into over 40 languages, Ubuntu also includes essential assistive technologies, which are, of course, completely free.

Complete

Ubuntu comes with a set of pre-installed software, including a complete office productivity suite and more than 3,000 downloadable apps including Steam, the world’s most popular gaming platform.

Ubuntu Kylin

Ubuntu for China

Ubuntu Kylin is an official flavour of Ubuntu that has been fully customised for Chinese users. It has a translated and localised user interface and comes with many common Chinese applications installed by default.

Find out more about Ubuntu Kylin ›

Why is it free?

It’s open source

Our global community is made up of thousands of people who want to help build the best open-source operating system in the world. They volunteer their time and skills to make sure that Ubuntu keeps getting better and better.

Backed by Canonical

Canonical is the number-one Ubuntu services provider. Companies can choose to receive expert training, support or consultancy for a fee that goes towards the continued development of Ubuntu.

More about Canonical and Ubuntu ›

Online tour

Enjoy the simplicity of Ubuntu’s stylish, intuitive interface. Take Ubuntu for a test drive in your browser and download when you’re ready.

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A thriving community

Want to talk to other Ubuntu users straightaway? Share ideas and get advice and help from our large, active community of IT professionals. As a community, we set high standards for friendliness and tolerance, we welcome your questions and contributions!