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Ubuntu Linux Complete Edition 8.04

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X Intel
3.4 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Full functioning version of Ubuntu Hardy Herron 8.04
  • Getting Started Technical Support -- 60 days of unlimited customer support
  • FireFox - Safe, Easy and Tabbed Web Browsing, OpenOffice - A Complete Productivity Suite, Evolution -- Simple Email & Calendaring
  • Gaim -Instant Messaging Compatible with AOL, Yahoo, MSN and others, F-spot - Easy Editing and Uploading of Photos, Gimp -- A Powerful Graphics Program
  • Compatible with Intel-based MACs and PCs.
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Product Description

Ubuntu gives users an operating system that is perfect for laptops and desktops and allows users to surf the web, read email, create documents and spreadsheets, edit images and much more. Take your old computer and give it a new life with Ubuntu. There's so much to like about Ubuntu, it's hard to know where to begin. I've now got two Linux machines that are purring along and doing exactly what they should without throwing me any curveballs. Getting Started Technical Support: 60 days of unlimited customer support.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0018KAN9E
  • Item model number: 71685
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 15, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,165 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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By Sarah Henry on July 18, 2008
Okay, this is not a bad review of Ubuntu Linux as I have been using it for a while now and like it. Rather this is a poor review of this particular offering and it's description (lack thereof).

Like any software (operating systems in particular) Ubuntu has ongoing releases with version numbers. Ubuntu releases a new updated version every six months and as of this review the latest release is v8.04.

This listing does not mention what version of Ubuntu is being sold! They could be selling the latest version OR they could be selling 3 versions ago. Who knows? That is strike one.

Additionally, while the all of the functional bits of the operating system can be burned to a single CD-ROM (as this listing indicates) it is not "complete". Additional software and updates are located in the Ubuntu Repositories. Repositories are centralized software locations where you can obtain additional features and programs that are not installed on a "default" system. The Ubuntu Repositories are hosted online but there is a an official version where the Repositories have been burned to disc, but this is not it.

For that you need the DVD-ROM which has both the complete OS AND the Ubuntu Repositories. Additionally, to save enough space to squeeze v8.04 onto a CD, quite a few "whiz bang" features were left in the repositories.

Rather than this product I would highly recommend purchasing the official DVD package from Canonical (the actual distro supporter). It is both more complete and less expensive!

Ubuntu 8.04 DVD

If you are not sure about using Ubuntu Linux and want some sort of "personal helpline" visit Canonical's offical site to purchase support or visit the Ubuntu Forums for free.
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The requirements listed might be confusing. Ubuntu is an operating system (it is a version of Linux). You would run Ubuntu *instead* of running MS Windows or Mac OS. (It is, however, possible to keep Windows or Mac OS on your disk and choose which to boot.)

Once you are running Ubuntu you will have a ton of free software to run. Some will be installed when you install Ubuntu, others you can easily install from inside Ubuntu.

One benefit of Ubuntu is that it is more reliable and more secure than Windows.

Another benefit is that it is "open source" software. That is, anyone (at least any programmer who understands it) can get a copy of the source code and see how it works, and even make changes. With open source software it is completely legal to pass on copies to others; it is even encouraged.

Ubuntu is available for free for download if you have a fast internet connection, though if you buy this product you also get 60-days of technical support, which might be very helpful.
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I just want to second what the previous reviewer wrote: Ubuntu Linux is a great linux distribution, but buy it from CANONICAL (go to [...]) - or some other linux store.

If you have a good network connection, you don't need the DVD version because everything you really will want (in addition to what comes with the operating system install) you can get quickly from the internet using the administrative software called SynAPTic.

This is one of the easiest distributions to run for the person just starting with linux and I recommend it. That being said, if you are a gamer, this is probably not for you as it seems all the best games are on the Mac/Windows platforms. There ARE games available, but I think because most linux users like their software free or cheap, game studios that did develop for linux have more or less stopped developing.

The standard suite of card games, board games and the like are installed automatically.

Ubuntu also comes with Firefox, [...] (a fantastic freeware "Microsoft Office" clone), A great email product called Evolution, editors, music players, etc. The list of software available for quick install over the internet is just way too long to know where to begin listing it.

There are many comparisons of linux vs. Windows/Mac OS X out there and many reviews as well (mostly from Windows or OS X users). I happen to be an OS "junky" and have used and run just about every desktop operating system known on my computers. The difference between linux and the others is that linux is designed to be highly customizable, whereas the other two (Win/OS X) are designed to be installed and run without the user having to think at all.
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This was my first experience with Ubuntu (have used Linux on my PC in the distant past). I actually bought the CD at the store and paid $18. I bought it not knowing it was not the "full" distribution (see Sarah's review below) and also not knowing I was getting ripped off because the full distribution DVD actually cost half the price!

Having said that, 18 bucks was the right price for me as I needed something for that day and did not have time to mess around with burning a Linux CD.... it worked perfectly on my laptop and I booted Ubuntu off the CD (I never actually installed it on the hard drive). WiFi worked immediately and the user interface seemed very "Windows" familiar.

Lastly, I was able to find an answer to all my questions with a simple google search of the documentation/forums.

Bottom line: Assuming you this OS in the store and see no alternatives AND you need to get right then and there AND you don't mind overpaying 9-8 dollars, then this product it right for you.

PS - Amazing how far Linux has come since the last time I used it 4-5 years ago. Pretty sure I would never buy Windows with a new PC again
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