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Ubuntu 8.10 OS giveaway

, posted: 14-Jan-2009 06:27

We have a copy of Ubuntu 8.10 to give away this week. Ok, not only this week and not only one copy. In fact, get as many as you want, tell your friends as well.

  • Powerful, modern, user-friendly desktop environment.

  • Out-of-the-box support for most available hardware and USB devices.

  • Home networking.

  • Home computer backup.

  • Secure, multi-user environment, no need to run anti-virus software.

  • Thousands of applications for any task, freely available, easily browsable and installed with just a few clicks: Complete office suites (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.), graphic design, multimedia, photo management, games, Internet, education, sciences, programming, and much more.

  • 100% DRM free, no restrictions, no license keys, no fees, no charges, no secret collecting and passing on of your data, no artificial limits on what you can do with your computer and your data, 100% respect for you, the user.

"Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.

Ubuntu is and always will be free of charge. You do not pay any licensing fees. You can download, use and share Ubuntu with your friends, family, school or business for absolutely nothing.

Ubuntu is designed with security in mind. You get free security updates for at least 18 months on the desktop and server. With the Long Term Support (LTS) version you get three years support on the desktop, and five years on the server. There is no extra fee for the LTS version, we make our very best work available to everyone on the same free terms. Upgrades to new versions of Ubuntu are and always will be free of charge."

With this download you can burn a Live-CD, try Ubuntu from the Live-CD environment without having to install anything or you can perform a proper install even without erasing any already installed operating systems on your computer (dual-boot).

You can learn more about Ubuntu 8.10 on the Ubuntu Linux web site.

There is no competition, no information to enter, no access keys and no other prior requirements.

All you have to do is ask yourself: Do I want to run a free, transparent OS on my computer without ever having to worry about what the computer is really doing with my data, without having to worry about license fees and without having to worry about viruses, worms and malware?

If you can correctly answer this question then good for you! You don't have to submit the answer anywhere. Just go here to download your copy of Ubuntu 8.10. If you don't feel like downloading, you can just request a CD, which then will be sent to you free of charge.

These are the rules:

  • Entry is open to everyone, no exceptions.

  • Users don't have to fill out any form or provide any information.

  • As many entries (downloaded or self-made copies) per user as you wish.

  • Absolutely no purchase is necessary.

  • Entries don't close and don't have a cut-off date.

  • No draw will be conducted. If you participate you are guaranteed to win.

  • Since no e-mail address is going to be collected, no notification e-mail will be sent. But most browsers will let you know when your download is completed. If you requested a CD then you will know by the fact that it appears in your (physical) mailbox.

  • This item may be passed on, resold or copied. In fact, feel free to do with it whatever you wish.

  • This item is for personal, professional or any other use you can think of.

You may have noticed a certain similarity to articles like this one here. Whenever I see articles like that - about a Microsoft Windows Home Server giveaway in this particular case – I am wondering what it would look like if a similar announcement would be published about a GNU/Linux distro?

After all, the article presents the fact that you can get a copy of some Microsoft product as a marvellous thing. Getting something for free is always nice. So, shouldn't it be just as marvellous that you can get a fully-loaded GNU/Linux distribution for free?

Well, here was my take on what a similar announcement would look like for Ubuntu, for example. Ok, it's not exactly apples to apples, since I'm looking at the Ubuntu desktop version and MS Windows Home Server fulfils a different purpose, but I'm sure you get the idea. Please note that almost exactly the same could be written for any other GNU/Linux distro out there as well.

Comparing those two announcements, I can't help but notice that I like the feature list and lack of restrictions on the GNU/Linux 'announcement' much better.


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Comment by Dael Sutton, on 14-Jan-2009 09:36

Nicely put. I thought of doing something similar but you beat me to it. :) One would suggest the GNU/Linux alternative to HomeServer would be SME Server 7.3 (or 8 if it's out) from

Does email/av/storage/printserver/antispam etc etc etc all out of the box and fully free of charge or registration.

Comment by tr3v, on 14-Jan-2009 11:20

Excellent! I have finally won something :-)

Comment by kinsten, on 14-Jan-2009 14:18

Love it, now make 10,000 copies on 10,000 other blogs and watch the world evolve.

Comment by boby55, on 14-Jan-2009 21:46

Yes, yes I would run ubuntu :D

Comment by alexx, on 15-Jan-2009 00:06

Good to see some more server options being made available to geekzone members - even better, options that don't have the same restrictions as that other offer.

Another good option is Debian GNU/Linux - most of the distribution (at least for i386 and amd64) is available for download from a NZ hosted server: (currently hosted on

You'll probably have to download your install boot CD from here: and/or (netinst option recommended).

But after that, you can download all the large packages and keep it updated from
Unlike some other options, it's available for a range of hardware families, including:

* alpha
* amd64 (includes Intel cpu with EM64T support)
* arm
* hppa
* i386
* ia64
* mips
* mipsel
* powerpc
* sparc
* s390

Plus, you can download the source code (of course).

Info on some other ports can be found here:
Debian is also the basis for the maemo platform, which is used on the Nokia web tablets like the N800 and N810.

Author's note by foobar, on 15-Jan-2009 03:23

@kinsten: Yes, make 10,000 copies on other blogs. I don't have that many blogs, but please feel free to submit to Digg or pass the link to this around to as many people as you wish.

Comment by w. arman, on 8-Feb-2009 22:45

Sounds great. The proof is in the pudding tho.

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