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Ubuntu (ubuntu.com) is a Linux distribution based on Debian. It currently uses Unity as a desktop environment by default. Several official variants exist, including Kubuntu - using KDE as desktop environment, Ubuntu GNOME - using GNOME, Xubuntu - using Xfce, and Lubuntu using LXQt. For further information including versions and release schedules, visit Wikipedia.


Software that works with Ubuntu Linux can be found here - some packages are available in the Ubuntu repository:

program type package
cGPSmapper creating / modifying Garmin vectors map. command line -
geotag geolocation of photos with google maps display Java geotag
Gosmore openstreetmap.org viewer and wayfinder GTK gosmore
GPSBabel converting various data formats to GPX format command line gpsbabel
GPSMan graphical manager of GPS data Tcl/Tk gpsman
GpsPrune viewing and editing gps tracks with OSM overlays Java gpsprune
JOSM (install notes) Java OpenStreetMap Editor Java josm
KDE Marble globe program KDE/Qt marble
Merkaartor OpenStreetMap editor Qt merkaartor
mkgmap converter OSM data into Garmin img command line mkgmap
mtkbabel GPS devices based on the MediaTek MTK chipset command line mtkbabel
NaviPOWM display vector maps at your GPS position, produce tracklogs in NMEA Qt -
Navit car navigation system with routing engine GTK navit
OSM2Go OpenStreetMap editor GTK -
osm2pgsql converts OSM data to PostgreSQL command line osm2pgsql
QLandkarte map viewer - support ended, replaced by QMapShack Qt qlandkarte
QMapShack map viewer - successor to QLandkarte (64-bit only) Qt qmapshack
RouteConverter conversion of gps tracks and display them Java routeconverter
Show Your Places CMS for managing geolocated photos web syp
Viking manage GPS data GTK viking
Osmium toolkit and framework for working with OSM data command line osmium-tool
GNOME Maps Map viewer and a simple editor for the GNOME Desktop GNOME/GTK gnome-maps

For programs with an Ubuntu package name, you can install them using the Ubuntu Software Center: just search for the name and click to install. Alternatively, from the command line install the package directly:

sudo apt-get install <packagename>

An article how to install this software in Ubuntu Linux can be found in German at wiki.ubuntuusers.de. The translation via google isn't the best but it will help. For more software see also the DebianGIS or UbuntuGIS project pages.