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Seven years ago Ubuntu 4.10, the Warty Warthog, was released. It was the very first Ubuntu release.

I remember when it came out, feeling like this was the right step forward for Linux and Free Software. While the technology looked awesome (removable USB with automatic mounting, woo!), and it was built on the rock that is Debian, the community-orientated nature of Ubuntu right out the gate filled in the complete picture for me.

Since then I believe Ubuntu has become a defining technology, and we have only just begun. Here’s to the next seven years!

Happy birthday, Ubuntu, thanks to Mark Shuttleworth for investing so heavily Free Software, and to Mark and the original Ubuntu team for creating a release that inspired so many of us to develop such a passion to join the Ubuntu journey!

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