Ubuntu Linux has been awarded the "Best Linux/Open Source Distribution" award, given at the UK Linux and Open Source Awards this year. Mark Shuttleworth, who received the award on the 6th October on behalf of Ubuntu Linux, thanked everyone involved, especially the many developers in the Debian community, on which this distribution depends. Ubuntu has grown to be most popular distribution on Distrowatch for over six months, and has won other awards including Tux Magazine's Favourite Distribution award last month.

Since its launch in October 2004, Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions, with millions distributed and in use around the world. Based on Debian, Ubuntu will always be free, and will not have restrictive licences associated with it. With these goals in mind at all times, Ubuntu aims at being the most widely used of all Linux systems, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem.