Members gain reputation based on the community's response (through voting) to their questions and answers. Reputation signifies trust for users in the answers they give. Privileges are given based on reputation levels, with users with the highest reputation having similar privileges to moderators
The site came out of Public Beta, launching alongside Ubuntu 10.10, on 10 October 2010.
Ask Ubuntu started life as a "Proposed Q&A site for ubuntu users and developers" on the Stack Exchange Area 51.With other internet users supporting the proposal through "commitment" Stack Exchange chose to launch the site in a beta form. The site came out of Public Beta, with the name Ask Ubuntu chosen by a community voting process, launching alongside Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, in October 2010.
Despite a Stack Exchange policy against fragmentation, after deliberation and a vote the Ubuntu site was allowed to continue alongside a separate 'Linux and Unix' site.
The site has received help from Canonical Ltd both in allowing use of their trademark, and in helping theme the site to follow the Ubuntu brand guidelines.
The website allows users to ask and answer questions, with the ability to vote questions and answers up or down. Users of Ask Ubuntu can earn reputation points and "badges". For example, a person is awarded 10 reputation points for receiving an "up" vote on an answer given to a question and can receive badges for certain contributions. Users with 2,000 reputation points can edit questions and answers in a wiki fashion. Some posts are designated "community wiki"; these have a much lower editing requirement.
The site has two small subsites: a "meta" where users ask and answer questions about the site itself, and a real time chat.
Ask Ubuntu Lens.
apt-get install unity-askubuntu-lens
sudo apt-get update
Then, depending on your Ubuntu version:
sudo apt-get upgrade
Note: for improved performance, you can also install the local data server with:
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