This might initially seem like the sort of question that is easy to Google, but it's not. Instead of useful results, you get things like answers to the question "What does Ubuntu mean?", or "what does ~ mean in a Linux shell?" or "mean, median, mode, and range". Every different attempt I've made fails because of the normal meaning of "mean" and how Google interprets that.

The context in which I've encountered this is my Digital Ocean control panel:

Digital Ocean control panel for creating a new droplet (VM)

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There is the explanation by digital ocean (since i think that's where you got the screenshot from):

what is mean on ubuntu

It's an application stack based on NodeJS and MongoDB. You can read more about it here: http://mean.io/.

MEAN is a boilerplate for applications using MongoDB, Express, AngularJS and Node.js.

Oh, and btw I've googled that by using "". Like this: googling "mean on ubuntu"

  • Since I assumed that (unlike Ruby on Rails or something) Ubuntu is incidental--that is, MEAN does not require Ubuntu (they say "MEAN on Ubuntu" simply because they're giving you an Ubuntu VM with MEAN)--I didn't think of searching for the whole thing in quotes. But you're right, since other people were confused by the very same Digital Ocean panel button as I was, there you have it: relevant search results.
    – iconoclast
    Commented Dec 31, 2013 at 16:47

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