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Ubuntu Homepage with Help

This is simply a replacement homepage for Ubuntu installations. It provides additional help, links and search options. It is designed to be beautiful and more friendly to first time users, while adding a few neat tricks for experienced users.

You can see the latest version of the code running at newbuntu.org.

v0.1 Ubuntu Homepage


Copy the site directory to the Ubuntu install, then set the browser home page to be the index.html file inside of that directory.

The src and config directories are for development only.

Release History

See CHANGELOG for details.

  • 0.1: 06 Jan 2011 First commit.
  • 0.2: 17 Jan 2011 Ready for trial installs.
  • 0.3: 12 Feb 2011 Internationalization initialized.


The built site can be simply viewed in Firefox or Chrome. It has never been tested on anything else.

To develop or change the site you'll need:

You can just manually edit the index.html or style.css files for personal use, but I probably won't acccept any changes that way. Please fork the the project for html or code changes or use the fantastic Web Translate It service for translations.

Getting Started

NOTE: tested on Ubuntu 10.04 only with Firefox 4, 3.6 and Chrome 9

  1. Clone or download from github

  2. Change to the Ubuntu-Homepage directory

  3. Preview with StaticMatic

    staticmatic preview .
  4. Go to http://localhost:3000/ and you should see the site running.

  5. If you make changes and want to distribute the static html site then you need to build it using the build script:



Thanks to webtranslateit.com, translating the page has become easier than ever.

Make a request to join the translation team to update existing translations or request new ones.

Current translations generously provided by:

  • JayPiEs (Jan Schuermann): Deutch
  • allrod5 (Rodrigo Martins): Português
  • albertoi: Español

Thanks everyone!


Thanks to the SocialTech and Linux Education folks in Toronto. The current code, images and design are based on:

Other thanks:

  • pmo for hosting on noobuntu.org
  • JayPiEs, allrod5, Stribianese91, for suggestions and bug fixes


Ubuntu Homepage software is released under the GPL 3.

Copyright (C) 2011, Ryan Kelln

Ubuntu Homepage is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Ubuntu Homepage is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.