11 Years of Ubuntu: Time to Remember The First Version – 4.10 (2004)

“Ubuntu” is an ancient African word, meaning “humanity to others”. Ubuntu also means “I am what I am because of who we all are”. The Ubuntu Linux distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.

Ubuntu 4.10 with codename “Warty Warthog” was released on 20 October 2004. Maybe you know that 4 – month number, 10 – year (2010). Canonical also has very interested service – you can get the Ubuntu CD on post office: very good thing in time without a powerful internet connection (note: canonocal provides only minimal 700 MB CD-R). Each release since 4.10 has a specific codename (very strange sometime) built with an adjective and an animal with the same first letter.

4.10 and the next Ubuntu releases are based on unstable Debian distribution “Sid” (upcoming Debian Sarge) and make to be a good free desktop Linux Distribution for beginners and new Linux users. Next in future Ubuntu has a good influence for the Linux Desktop.

Ubuntu 4.10 uses modified Debian installer with less steps of configuration and better for beginners. The hardest part of installation — partition editing is very easy and useful. Another big change – Ubuntu hide a classic root user: all administrative tasks can be used with sudo tool.


  • GNOME 2.8
  • Firefox 0.9
  • Evolution 2.0 and OpenOffice.org 1.1.2
  • Python 2.3
  • Kernel 2.6.7
  • Nautilus 2.8
  • Python 2.3
  • Gimp 2.02
  • OpenOffice 1.1
  • GCC 3.3.4
  • Gbub 0.95
  • GTK+ 2.4.9
  • Bash 2.05b
  • Glibc 2.3.2

Since 11 years the Ubuntu works fine in Qemu-kvm: basic applications, GIMP, Firefox and others.


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  • crhylove

    Back then it was pretty good. Now I’m Linux mint Debian edition with mate. Much better than any Ubuntu of the last 10 years.