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Free Ubuntu Linux CD

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9y, 8m agoFound 9 years, 8 months ago
Ubuntu is probably one of the best unix distros to start out on, or to use as a workstation.

It's free!

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#1
Well worth a look if someone wants an alternative.

Cheers, Dio :)
#2
Excellent distro to get people started on Linux. It should be noted that one need not actually install it to try it out first since I believe it's also a live CD. It's my main operating system. I now only use Windows for 1 application which is a newsgroup binaries downloader. I can't find a decent one for Linux yet.

It comes with Firefox, OpenOffice (free equivalent of Microsoft's office suite) and other goodies with a tonne of other software which can be added simply using Synaptic Package Manager. Windows games can be installed using either Wine or Cedega and they run pretty much as fast (and faster in some cases.. not sure why).
#3
I have used ubuntu for close to two years on a laptop (and windows on the same laptop with a partition) now and with every release they seem to be surprising me. I would say they are the best linux distros available especially for a laptop.

The best thing is your system will never come down because of viruses even accidentally if you open an attachment.
#4
Oh yeah, I forgot about the huge bonus of not needing to worry about viruses since 99% of them only affect Windows. Even though that's the case there are free and powerful virus scanners available for Linux that will spot any Windows viruses that get to your PC, so you won't forward them on to others etc.
#5
It may be worth pointing out the obvious... Ubuntu can also be downloaded free of charge and burnt to CD if you don't want to wait for delivery.
#6
justintrouble
It may be worth pointing out the obvious... Ubuntu can also be downloaded free of charge and burnt to CD if you don't want to wait for delivery.


True but I like things coming through the post makes me excited (little kid)
#7
does this one work with the ps3?
#8
Dell are going to start pre-instaling Ubuntu on some of their computers.

May just be the leg up that Linux needs

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=9211
1 Like #9
Good man, well done.

If you're struggling to find a Linux equivalent of program X that you use on windows then this http://www.linuxeq.com/ is worth a look.

Virus aren't a problem for Linux desktop machines even if you do get one, which is extremely unlikely. Without an incredible level of stupidity on the part of the user there's very little a Virus could actually do to a Linux machine even if you got one. See http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/10/06/linux_vs_windows_viruses/ for more info.

Also a big security plus is that all modern Linux distributions come with a firewall built in (iptables). Long story short no matter how secure Microsoft claim Vista is it can't come close to the security offered by Linux.

Any if you like the eye candy of Vista then Linux can beat that too, check out this: http://www.beryl-project.org/features.php which is a piece of cake to install on the latest version of Ubuntu.

Also worth a look for people who want to get the most out of Ubuntu are http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Feisty , https://help.ubuntu.com/community/and http://ubuntuforums.org/
#10
freestyle
does this one work with the ps3?


Yup look here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PlayStation_3 for info.
#11
freestyle, this won't work with the ps3, since it's an x86 binary.

The official linux distro for ps3 is the Yellow Dog version.

This is dead easy to set up, but not doesn't provide drivers for the ps3's wireless adapter.

pm me for extra info, if you like.

Oh, and as of today, Dell are providing ubuntu on their machines due to popular demand. I think that tells you how good this distro is.
#12
thekanester
freestyle, this won't work with the ps3, since it's an x86 binary.

The official linux distro for ps3 is the Yellow Dog version.

This is dead easy to set up, but not doesn't provide drivers for the ps3's wireless adapter.

pm me for extra info, if you like.

Oh, and as of today, Dell are providing ubuntu on their machines due to popular demand. I think that tells you how good this distro is.


Acutally Ubuntu supports many other architectures not just x86, these include AMD64 and PowerPC. PS3 is a variant of the PowerPC architecture meaning standard PowerPC Ubuntu can be made to run on the PS3. Although PS3 now enjoys it's very own tailored version, for info look here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PlayStation_3.
#13
megalomaniac
Acutally Ubuntu supports many other architectures not just x86, these include AMD64 and PowerPC. PS3 is a variant of the PowerPC architecture meaning standard PowerPC Ubuntu can be made to run on the PS3. Although PS3 now enjoys it's very own tailored version, for info look here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PlayStation_3.


I know that ubuntu will run on the PS3, but does the disk that you order from this link include the binaries to do so?
#14
http://parker1.co.uk/satanic/

Look and laugh - this always crack s me up as so many people respond to it...
#15
thekanester
I know that ubuntu will run on the PS3, but does the disk that you order from this link include the binaries to do so?


Sorry I misunderstood your wording.

I believe you can request any version available for download from the Website via CD; this certainly includes the x86, 64-bit and PowerPC versions although I couldn't say for sure on the PS3 specific one as I always download the CD images myself.

Either way there is a compatible version available for free download that you can get your hands on much quicker than the free CD's. With Yellow dog it's download or nothing unless you want to pay.
#16
loobydoo
http://parker1.co.uk/satanic/

Look and laugh - this always crack s me up as so many people respond to it...


It'll never take off, Vista already has that section of the market sewn up! :evil: :giggle: :-D lol
#17
Read all about Ubuntu after reading it on the BBC website:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6610901.stm
#18
Xubuntu looks quite nice to.
#19
Iom-RF
Xubuntu looks quite nice to.


Xubuntu is a cut down version aimed at older machines. I have that running quite happily on a very old 500MHz Celeron laptop.

(By "cut down" I mean the Window manager is different. It uses Xfce instead of Gnome, you can still use all the same programs etc. with it if you want it just runs a little faster.)
#20
just because i'm fed up with every linux thread on the internet being about ubuntu:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/
#21
sej7278
just because i'm fed up with every linux thread on the internet being about ubuntu:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/


Ah yes the good old Red Hat beta :thumbsup: lol

Also worth a mention in the Linux world is http://www.opensuse.org/
#22
got 1 of my mate, its pretty cool
#23
dark_ixion
I can't find a decent one for Linux yet.
Tried SABnzb?
#24
Thanks for the heads up on the CD OP :thumbsup:

Been meaning to try an alternative to XP, but wasnt sure of the compatability with most games/utilities etc.
#25
I had a look at the Ubuntu site after it was mentioned on the BBC news website. While the CD is free, I think they quote up to ten weeks delivery time, which is almost as bad as Amazon at Christmas!

I recommend going for the download option, there's plenty of mirrors and when I downloaded it was running my half meg broadband connection flat out. Took just over an hour to arrive.
#26
I downloaded this recently and installed it on my brothers very old 1GHZ AMD machine. He'd given up on it as being dead as it would restart after about a minute of running Windows ME. I wiped it completely clean and did the installation which was very easy.
It is now happily running and can use Firefox for surfing the web. The only issue I have is the built in package manager tells me a version of Thunderbird the email reader isn't available for his type of machine, which sounds strange.

Anyway, throughly recommended, if you don't want to buy a Mac then this is the second best way to have a solid Unix machine.
1 Like #27
Vowo
Thanks for the heads up on the CD OP :thumbsup:

Been meaning to try an alternative to XP, but wasnt sure of the compatability with most games/utilities etc.



Games = Rubbish, virtually non existent at a professional level.
Utilities = More and better than anything you can get on Windows.

Basically if you like games on PC's you're going to have to keep a Windows partition on your computer. But don't let that put you off, Ubuntu is an excellent alternative to Windows. The latest version (7.04 Feisty Fawn as it's known), is more aimed at competing with Vista than XP though, you can turn on all sorts of fancy 3D stuff quite easily if you feel so inclined.
banned#28
luvvly jubbly orded cd voted hot
#29
dark_ixion
I now only use Windows for 1 application which is a newsgroup binaries downloader. I can't find a decent one for Linux yet.


Well I dualboot with XP and Hellanzb is a Linux binaries newsgroup downloader and it is WAY better than anything on XP. I have used Newsbinpro for years and to be honest the way Hellanzb does things is so much easier. After you set it up it downloads, checks for the need of Pars and if needed downloads them, repairs, extracts the file, then deletes the Rar/Pars!!! :whistling:
#30
I tried Ubuntu 6.something...can anyone tell me how different 7.04 is and what the major differences are?
#31
dean_brfc
I tried Ubuntu 6.something...can anyone tell me how different 7.04 is and what the major differences are?


7.04 is just easier really, you can do much more through the GUI without having to resort to the command line. Installing propriety drivers for example is now a breeze.

It also has newer versions on everything (Firefox, Open Office etc.).

Apart from that there's very little you'd actually notice at a glance.
#32
Ubuntu rules - it's great.

The average computer user may be a bit confused by it though - you need to have a bit more of a clue about what your doing unlike with Windows.
#33
slimy31
I had a look at the Ubuntu site after it was mentioned on the BBC news website. While the CD is free, I think they quote up to ten weeks delivery time, which is almost as bad as Amazon at Christmas!

I recommend going for the download option, there's plenty of mirrors and when I downloaded it was running my half meg broadband connection flat out. Took just over an hour to arrive.


11 minutes for 700mb download here.........I used Infra Recorder (free) to burn the ISO as per

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BurningIsoHowto

and I reckon from starting the download to actually having a bootable Linux CD took about 16 minutes :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
#34
Is is useful to fix PC's? i.e. data recovery, backup, etc...
#35
Got my CD's today!!! Any one know how I can install it to my hard drive while not loosing my windows installation and data?
1 Like #36
razta
Is is useful to fix PC's? i.e. data recovery, backup, etc...


Yes as it's a live CD it can but used to diagnose and fix problems, although I'd suggest knoppix (or gnoppix if you prefer Gnome) for this task as it's better suited to that particular job.

razta
Got my CD's today!!! Any one know how I can install it to my hard drive while not loosing my windows installation and data?


It'll walk you through it quite nicely on the the installation. Although a lot depends on your current configuration?

I'm assuming you have a single Windows partition currently? In which case you'll need to resize your Windows partition and install Ubuntu in the freed space, this is all handled automatically in the installer just click on the resize option. You MUST defragment the Windows partition first however, this is essential to make sure all your files are (as much as possible) at the beginning of the partition.

Personally, although it's a little more advanced I'd elect to manually resize the Windows partition and manually set up 3 separate partitions for Ubuntu, one for the root file system (/, should be at least 2GB), one for your home directories (/home/, similar to my documents and should be as big as you need it to be) and one swap partition (which should ideally be no less than half the size of and up to twice the size of your available RAM).

Hope that helps
#37
spladam
Ubuntu rules - it's great.

The average computer user may be a bit confused by it though - you need to have a bit more of a clue about what your doing unlike with Windows.


True, but only because it doesn't come pre-configured on your computer, if it did (as Dell are starting to do) I think many would actually find it easier as it's the set-up that's the difficult bit for most.
#38
Got this link which has a list of decent software to run with Ubuntu. Worth a look, I think.

Cheers, Dio :)
#39
Got mine today. Very nice.
#40
megalomaniac
True, but only because it doesn't come pre-configured on your computer, if it did (as Dell are starting to do) I think many would actually find it easier as it's the set-up that's the difficult bit for most.


I'm vastly experienced in computers, software and hardware (I was messing about with Sinclair ZX81's for those of you old enough to remember them :w00t: )

But I could NOT get this distribution to proceed beyond the "where in the world are you, set your timezone" screen.

Ubuntu forums hinted at a buggy installer, another suggestion was my screen resolution was all wrong and, thus, I couldn't see the "skip" button.

I'd love to give Linux a go but until they make it as straightforward as Windows to [COLOR=red]*install*[/COLOR] let alone get as far as running and experiencing, they ain't got a hope in hell of competing with Mr Gates' monopoly.

And that's a great shame :-(

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