Ubuntu wraps up a super year

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Why is Ubuntu rising ahead of competing Linux distros? What features make it a good distribution for family use -- not just for Mom and Dad, but for children of all ages?

The three versions -- Ubuntu (GNOME-based), Kubuntu (KDE-based), and Edubuntu -- are being downloaded with increasing frequency; the distro was named best in show at the London LinuxWorld in September; and now an OSDL survey has it ranked No. 1.

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