Linuxman's Ratings Guide
Required User Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Installation: Not bad, mostly automated. Good auto detection of most hardware.
Support: Excellent - forums, IRC & online documentation.
No. of CD's or DVD's: 1
Ubuntu Linux brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.
Want Security Updates for 36 Months? Then you need Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Supported).
Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of excellent applications installed by default, and almost any other software you can imagine available through the network.
Ubuntu includes more than 16,000 pieces of software, but the core desktop installation fits on a single CD. Ubuntu covers every standard desktop application from word processing and spreadsheet applications to internet access applications, web server software, email software, programming languages and tools and of course several games.
Ubuntu has the absolute latest and greatest software that the open source and free software communities have to offer. LTS brings a host of excellent new features including easier ways to install multimedia codecs, binary drivers, as well as networking improvements, excellent wireless support, multimedia support and of course, the latest GNOME and Linux Kernel.
Desktop CD (system requirements)
The desktop CD allows you to try Ubuntu without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later. This type of CD is what most people will want to use. You will need at least 384MB of RAM to install from from a Live Environment with this CD. With only the minimum amount of memory available, the installation process will take longer than normal, but will be complete successfully, and the system will perform adequately once installed. Low-memory systems (256mb) may be able to use the Desktop CD to install by selecting "Install Ubuntu" from the boot menu to run just the installer, rather than running a whole Live Environment which would be started by selecting "Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer".
Alternate install CD (system requirements)
The alternate install CD allows you to perform certain specialist installations of Ubuntu. It provides for the following situations:
- creating pre-configured OEM systems
- setting up automated deployments
- upgrading from older installations without network access
- LVM and/or RAID partitioning
- installing GRUB to a location other than the Master Boot Record
- installs on systems with less than 384MB of RAM (minimum 256mb)
There are two Desktop CD's and two Alternate CD's, each for different types of computer:
32bit: For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors. Choose this if you are at all unsure.
64bit: Choose this to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon). If you have a non-64-bit processor made by AMD, or if you need full support for 32-bit code, use the Intel x86 images instead.
Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS will be supported by Ubuntu with security updates for 36 months after its release, and professional technical support is available from many companies around the world.
Currently we only have 12.04.1 on CD-R. We may have a few factory pressed CD's in the coming weeks.
We also have the 'Desktop' version in 32bit or 64bit and the 'Alternate' 32bit version. There is also a Server version.
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