Thursday, February 12, 2009

Get a Copy of Ubuntu

You need to obtain a copy of Ubuntu to use on your computer. Ubuntu has made a promise to everyone who uses their software. The Ubuntu promise states:

• Ubuntu will always be free of charge, including enterprise releases and security updates.

• Ubuntu comes with full commercial support from Canonical and hundreds of companies around the world.

• Ubuntu includes the very best translations and accessibility infrastructure that the free software community has to offer.

• Ubuntu CDs contain only free software applications; we encourage you to use free and open source software, improve it, and pass it on.

The first promise applies to you right now. Unlike many of the proprietary operating systems that you may be used to, Ubuntu costs you nothing. They do not ask for a credit card and charge it at a later date, there is no subscription fee, no monthly installments. Zero, nada, zip. So what’s the catch? There’s always a catch, right? In this case, Ubuntu does request that you do one small thing for them. Copy your Ubuntu CD and give it to as many people as possible. Sounds fair, right? PC manufacturers have responded to Ubuntu’s rising popularity as well. In an effort to keep the cost of home computers and business computers lower, a few have begun to sell computers with Ubuntu preinstalled. Customers of Dell can now choose between Ubuntu or Windows when buying a new computer. Acer has also begun to sell laptops with the Ubuntu operating system in their Singapore market. Other small computer manufacturers have seen the potential in Ubuntu and have begun to offer their customers Ubuntu as a choice in operating systems. As more big-name computer manufacturers and smaller companies see the potential in offering their customers a choice like Ubuntu, Linux open source operating systems will become more common. Obtaining a copy of Ubuntu is quite simple. Canonical, Ubuntu’s sponsor company, allows you either to download a copy of the software or to request that up to three CDs be sent to you in the mail.

Source of Information : McGraw Hill Osborne Media How to Do Everything Ubuntu

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