The “Ubuntu Equals Linux” Paradox

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In a recent article published on, it was noticed that the search term “Ubuntu” was coming closer to passing the term “Linux” on Google’s search engine. Many wondered why and several complained that Ubuntu was becoming “Linux.” So, why is this?

Here’s why: new Linux users are using Ubuntu.

Ubuntu has become the most popular distribution around, and as a result, people who like Ubuntu are giving it out to new users. Even folks who may use other distributions may give a new user an Ubuntu CD, just because Ubuntu is the easiest to install and use. Then, to all these new users, Ubuntu has become your generic Linux distribution. Thus, Ubuntu = Linux. Strange? Not for your average new user. It just makes sense, like Windows or Mac. Ubuntu has become the face of Linux.

Now, the reason that new users are using Linux is in part to the fact that Ubuntu users, or LoCo teams, are actively spreading Linux to new users. Notice that there are no other distributions that are spreading Linux like Ubuntu.

Is it good for Linux?