The next version of Ubuntu, Maverick Meerkat, will be released on the 10th of October 2010 or 10.10.10 which in binary = 42! To those in the know 42 is a very important number. It's the ultimate answer to the ultimate question. It's the key to the meaning of life ... the universe ... everything!

Ubuntu is our 42! To the people who make it and millions of people around the world Ubuntu plays an important role in their life, their universe. Ubuntu transports their photos from their camera to a friend's inbox. Ubuntu plays them their favourite music and videos. Ubuntu is their window on the news of the day and the content that matters to them. Ubuntu reminds us we're part of something and we're giving something to the world.

T-Shirts widget

To celebrate this very special occasion, we decided to create t-shirts representing the two binary digits and distributed them to our colleagues around the world. Together virtually generate numbers or a long sequence of bits like we've started to at the top of this page. This banner widget shows the pictures chained 1s after 0s after 1s. It uses HTML5 pretty heavily and degrades gracefully if not supported by the browser.

Use the widget on your website

To embed the widget we created, just add this html code to your website:

<iframe src="http://design.canonical.com/wp-content/themes/canonical-design/42day/roll_chain.html" width="944" height="240" scrolling="no" frameborder="no"></iframe>

Where "width" can be changed to a value that suits your website layout.

Get involved

Once you receive your t-shirt take a picture of yourself wearing it or of a group of people wearing them side by side (see pictures in the widget on top as example). Then upload it to Flickr with the tag "ubuntu".

Alternative options (not moderated)

You can also browse the pictures on Flickr or embed their widget (Adobe Flash based) following their instructions starting from "share" on the top right.

About Canonical

Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind the Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu – an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system. It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organisation and individual on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks.

Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers online services direct to end users. Canonical also builds and maintains collaborative, open-source development tools to ensure that organisations and individuals can participate fully in innovations within the open-source community. For more information, please visit www.canonical.com.