Founded in late 2004, Canonical Ltd is a company headquartered in Europe with 130 employees working in over 18 countries. Canonical is the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu project.
Our mission is to realise the potential of free software in the lives of individuals and organisations by:
* delivering the world's best free software platform
* ensuring its availability to everyone
* supporting it with high quality professional service offerings
* facilitating the continued growth and development of the free software community
Our staff has deep roots in the open source community and a proven track record of success in the commercial software industry. Team members include leaders from the Gnome, KDE, Linux, Debian and Bazaar open source projects, helping us to stay at the forefront of the rapidly changing open source software world.
We believe the open source community simply creates better software. Our community enables us to increase our development capacity many times over. Everyone collaborates. As a result, we deliver higher quality, more secure and more easily integrated software. And we do it more frequently than others do.
Services include 24x7 support and professional services, engineering services, and hardware and software certification for Ubuntu. Our global partner network offers local support, industry leading hardware and software from 300 companies globally. Our training programme offers classroom-based courses to help administrators obtain 'Ubuntu Certified Professional' status. UCP is a training certification based on the LPI level 1 certification.
Ubuntu is a community developed and supported project. Since its launch in October 2004, Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world. Every six months we select, test and bring together the world's best free and open source software, and make it freely available on common technology platforms.
Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem.
Ubuntu supports servers, desktops and laptops, and the following architectures from Intel, AMD and SUN: x86, x86-64, UltraSPARC.