About Us

Impi Linux was South Africa's first desktop Linux distribution. It was created in 2001 by the Gauteng Linux User Group (GLUG).

Today it develops, releases, supports and maintains the ImpiLinux operating system and is an official representative of Ubuntu and an official Ubuntu support provider in Africa.

Primarily run, developed and funded by volunteers in its early days, the Impi Linux project became a (Pty) Ltd in March 2005, a step that marked its transition from project to serious player in the local OSS market.

In August that year, Mark Shuttleworth and Impi Linux announced a deal that would see Ubuntu and Impi joining forces to tackle the SADC region.

Impi Linux is today owned by Shuttleworth's HBD Business Holdings (65%), Khuselo Investments (Pty) Ltd (10%) and several minor shareholders (5%). The remaining 20% of the shares in the entity have been earmarked for BEE, in the form of The Impi Linux BEE Share Trust, which will disburse shares to previously disadvantaged employees over time.

Impi Linux is a commercial Ubuntu representative in the region, and the ImpiLinux distribution is based on Ubuntu.