Ubuntu Logo

Ubuntu Logo
Ubuntu Logo PNG

Ubuntu is an open-source Linux platform based on Debian software. It was launched in October 2004. It is now a popular OS with OpenStack support.

Meaning and History

Ubuntu Logo History
Evolution of the Ubuntu Logo

What is Ubuntu?

It is an operating system that uses the Linux kernel and contains utility programs and libraries created by The GNU Project. It is based on the Debian GNU / Linux OS. The first version of Ubuntu was developed by Canonical Ltd. in 2004.

The operating system logo was introduced in the year of its foundation. It is associated with a name based on the same name’s philosophy, common in South Africa. This is a humanistic ethical movement. Therefore, the word is translated as “humanity” and is considered the highest value – a relationship to other society representatives. All this is directly reflected in the official logo, which exists in two versions.

2004 – 2010

Ubuntu Logo 2004-2010

The debut emblem was released on October 20, 2004, and symbolizes freedom, reliability, accuracy, cooperation. This variation is currently used in the Mahjongg game. The logo features three segments arranged in a circle. Each of them has a large spherical point.

Next to the stylized sign is the word “ubuntu” in black. The letters are as streamlined as possible, rounded. The characters “u” and “n” are almost identical and look like an inverted mirror image.

2010 – today

Ubuntu Logo 2010-present

What does the Ubuntu logo mean?

The white logo elements represent three people standing in a circle, holding hands and looking up. It is a symbol of affection, cohesion, and humanity – the core values of Ubuntu. No wonder the emblem has the unofficial name circle of friends.

In 2010, the logo was revised and came out at the same time as Lucid Lynx. It consists of the same elements as the previous version, but with some changes. Now the title is made in the center, and the graphic sign is reduced and is located at the top behind the word. The font has become clearer and stricter, the letters have vertical strokes, and on the contrary, the “t” has half of the horizontal line cut off.

Font and Color of the Emblem

Ubuntu Emblem

Is Ubuntu a platform?

Ubuntu is an operating system based on Debian GNU / Linux software. It is not a platform consisting of an OS and architecture, but only a part of it. On the other hand, the term “platform” can refer to the operating system itself.

Can I use the Ubuntu logo?

The copyright holder restricts the use of the Ubuntu logo. To obtain the appropriate permission, you need to apply to Canonical Ltd.

Is Ubuntu a Linux?

No, they are not the same thing. Linux, in this case, is the kernel for distributions, one of which is the fully functional Ubuntu operating system.

The logo has an encrypted meaning. Each segment and point in the circle is a stylized image of three people who joined hands and formed a round dance.

In both versions, the text portion contains lowercase letters. The typeface is an individual. The color scheme is bright: the debut logo uses yellow, red, and orange; the current uses a rich orange.