Ubuntu Linux is one of the most popular linux operating system and it’s based on Debian GNU/Linux distribution. This operating system is widely used and known because its open source, secure and fast.
If you have used Windows and want to try out some another operating system, then this is the perfect one to try it. You won’t feel lost and it’s not something like stepping into a different world. The GUI (graphical user interface) is pretty straight forward and let’s you do mostly all the things. Yes I agree that there are still some stages where you’ll need command line.
Ubuntu has got a very good software repository from where you can install many softwares like VLC, skype, Chrome, GIMP, etc. Open Office, which is a very good alternative to Microsoft Office is already included in the package, so you can start using it right away.
And also you can dual boot Windows and Ubuntu. Just install Ubuntu in a different partition, and after installing it, an option will be presented with a choice of operating system to start.
So now let’s see how to request Ubuntu CDs. CDs will be delivered to your home and sometimes it may even take upto 10 weeks to get delivered. To request the CD, Click here and then click on “Desktop Edition”. After that, you’ll be required to Sign In with launchpad account. If you don’t have launchpad account then you can also create one from here.
If you are among the impatient ones then you can also download Ubuntu. It’s always better to download from the official website then to search for torrents. The ISO file is just 693 MB. Finally it’s your choice, whether you want free Ubuntu CD or whether you want to download it.
Welcome to the open source community.
UPDATE: It seems that Canonical has closed shipit. Now they will not ship CDs/DVDs. This is taken from their website:
After delivering millions of Ubuntu CDs to millions of new users, our ShipIt programme has finally run its course. While we can no longer deliver free CDs through the programme, it’s still easy to get Ubuntu. You can download Ubuntu for free from Ubuntu.com or you can buy a CD straight from the Canonical shop.
So now the best way to try out Ubuntu is by downloading it from their official site.