Download: Ubuntu Desktop Edition (Size: 699 MB)
Vista is Microsoft’s operating system (OS), and even Microsoft fans have become disillusioned with this product. Open source OS alternatives have expanded; but these OS often are difficult for the average user to install, learn, and operate. Why deal with it when Ubuntu has become so easy to use that even the most computer illiterate can jump into this operating system with very little time spent on a learning curve? In fact, users can purchase a Dell computer with Ubuntu already installed. Remember, however, that when it comes to using open source software that the open source community often focuses on applications that can be used through Windows, Mac, Linux, or Unix with the majority seemingly devoted to Windows.
With Ubuntu Desktop Edition you can surf the web, read email, create documents and spreadsheets, edit images and much more. Ubuntu has a fast and easy graphical installer right on the Desktop CD. On a typical computer the installation should take you less than 25 minutes.
When you start your system for the first time you'll see a desktop that is clean and tidy, no desktop icons, and a default theme that is easy on the eye.
Ubuntu 'Just Works'
Once Ubuntu is installed, all the basics are in place so that your system will be immediately usable.
A complete office productivity suite
OpenOffice contains a user interface and feature set that is similar to other office suites, and includes all the key desktop applications you need, such as:
Word processor - for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book.
Spreadsheet - a tool to calculate, analyze, and present your data in numerical reports or charts.
Presentation - an easy and powerful tool for creating effective multimedia presentations.
Edit and share files in other formats
Easily open, edit and share files with your friends that have Microsoft Office, Word Perfect, KOffice or StarOffice.
Quick and easy updates
The task bar contains an update area where Ubuntu notify you when there are updates available for your system, from simple security fixes to a complete version upgrade. The update facility enables you to keep your system up-to-date with just a few clicks of your mouse.
A vast library of free software
Need more software? Simply choose from thousands of software packages in the Ubuntu catalogue, all available to download and install at the click of a button. And it's all completely free!
Help and support
You'll be able to find help using the desktop browser or online. If you have a question about using Ubuntu, you can bet someone else has already asked it. Ubuntu community has developed a range of documentation that may contain the answer to your question, or give you ideas about where to look.
This is also where you'll get access to free support from the Ubuntu community in the chat and mailing lists in many languages. Alternatively, you can purchase professional support from the Canonical Global Support Services Team, or local providers.
Ubuntu in your local language
Ubuntu aims to be usable by as many people as possible, which is why they include the very best localisation and accessibility infrastructure that the free software community has to offer.
Ubuntu is available for PC, 64-Bit and Mac architectures. At least 256 MB of RAM is required to run the desktop install CD. Install requires at least 4 GB of disk space.