What The Word Ubuntu Actually Means

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Most free software users are familiar with the Ubuntu Linux distribution but few know what the word Ubuntu really means. There is actually a quite interesting back-story to it.

Original story by Ali Reza Hayati. Published 2021-03-14, Originally published 2021-03-13.
This work is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.
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UBUNTU is a very nice story from Africa. The motivation behind the Ubuntu culture in Africa is that an anthropologist proposed a game to the African tribal children.

He placed a basket of sweets near a tree and made the children stand 100 meters away. Then announced that whoever reaches first, would get all the sweets in the basket.

When he said ‘ready steady go!”, they all held each other’s hands, ran together towards the tree, divided the sweets equally among themselves, ate the sweets and enjoyed it. When the Anthropologist asked them why they did so, They answered “Ubuntu.”

Ubuntu meant ‘How can one be happy when the others are sad?’ Ubuntu in their language means “I am because we are”, a strong message for all generations. Let all of us always have this attitude and spread happiness wherever we go. Let’s have a “Ubuntu” Life.


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9 months ago
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I thought you were going to attack Canonical, but I am glad this was a positive post. Thanks for helping spread the word UBUNTU
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