Ipsnews has written an article about why Ubuntu has gained the immense popularity, where it is used and about the people behind it.
You can read the entire background-article here.
Ubuntu Linux calls itself the “Linux for human beings”. In less than six months from its introduction in October 2004, Ubuntu Linux became the most popular Linux desktop distribution in the United States.
In July, PC World magazine named Ubuntu Linux one of its “100 Best Products of 2005″. And it has won numerous other awards. A special version was developed by Hewlett-Packard for its laptop computers that are sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.