Would you like a FREE NEW Computer? Try a new OS - Ubuntu
- on your Hardware!Would you like a FREE NEW Computer? Just try a new operating system on your old Hardware! The hardware does nothing without the operating system: the Operating System (or OS) performs all of the display drawing and interface functions and is, in essence, the 'personality' and 'look' and 'feel' of your computer.
Do you have an Old SLOW Computer somewhere around the house or garage?
Are you using Windows 95 on a Pentium II? Are you still using Mac OS 9 on a G3 or G4 PPC Apple Macintosh? Have Microsoft® or Apple® stopped supporting your OS?
If you 'run' your old unused hardware with a different OS than the one you are used to, you have a "New" computer system! (It's NEW to You ... ) It has a completely different look and feel and, since it still supports your old hardware, it should be noticeably faster than the previous computer you ran on this same old hardware was!
And, get this: this 'new computer' system is virus / trojan / spyware / and worm free! You never should have to worry about anti-virus or anti-spyware software again! ALL the Software you need to run a business or classroom is already built in - a very long list of it: and PLENTY of Games, and Media players (for CD's or DVD's)
No installation is required: in Knoppix you can type demo at the starting prompt, or choose "Start Ubuntu" in Ubuntu, and the entire system will load and run from the CD - even if there is no hard drive installed or if your hard drive got fried! And you have a variety of choices of live demo CD's to sample from depending upon your needs.
I personally have tried 2 different flavors of new OS on my old computers! I've used these CDs to test old computers (even if they got put in storage because the hard drive failed)! I love them but it's been a while since I played with them. I know they have only gotten faster and have better features than before, so I whole-heartedly recommend you try them out as Demo CDs.
Fast, free and incredibly easy to use, the Ubuntu operating system powers millions of desktop PCs, laptops and servers around the world.
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Enjoy the simplicity of Ubuntu’s stylish, intuitive interface. Fast, secure and with thousands of apps to choose from, Ubuntu gives you a clean and streamlined experience that makes it easy to do whatever you want. Be inspired.
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Perfect for business use, Ubuntu is secure, intuitive and lightweight. Maintain access to legacy applications without paying for licenses you don’t need. And with remote management, your IT staff can do much more with less.
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Ubuntu provides the largest selection of development tools and the fastest path to cloud deployment. Professional support is available from Canonical and the huge Ubuntu developer community is always a click away!
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To use Ubuntu is to fall in love with it. The desktop environment is intuitive but powerful, so you can work quickly and accomplish all you can imagine. You’ll be captivated by its elegance.
You can surf in safety with Ubuntu — confident that your files and data will stay protected — thanks to the built-in firewall and virus protection. And if a potential vulnerability appears, we provide automatic updates which you can install in a single click.
Ubuntu loads quickly on any computer, but it’s super-fast on newer machines. With no unnecessary programs or trial software to slow things down, you can boot up and open a browser
Ubuntu works brilliantly with a range of devices. Simply plug in your MP3 player, camera or printer and you’ll be up and running straightaway. No installation CDs. No fuss. And Ubuntu is compatible with Windows files too, so you can open, edit and share Microsoft Office documents stress-free.
We believe that computing is for everyone regardless of nationality, gender or disability. Fully translated into over 40 languages, Ubuntu also includes essential assistive technologies, which are, of course, completely free.
Ubuntu comes with a set of pre-installed software, including a complete office productivity suite and more than 3,000 downloadable apps including Steam, the world’s most popular gaming platform.
Why is it free?
It’s open source
Our global community is made up of thousands of people who want to help build the best open-source operating system in the world. They volunteer their time and skills to make sure that Ubuntu keeps getting better and better.
Backed by Canonical
Canonical is the number-one Ubuntu services provider. Companies can choose to receive expert training, support or consultancy for a fee that goes towards the continued development of Ubuntu.
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Or you can use 'Bit Torrent' if you are on dial-up (to download these large files).
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OpenOffice - A complete productivity suite
Word Processor has everything you would expect from a modern, fully equipped word processor or desktop publisher. It's simple enough for a quick memo, powerful enough to create complete books with contents, diagrams, indexes, etc. You're free to concentrate on your message - while Word Processor makes it look great. The Wizards feature takes all the hassle out of producing standard documents such as letters, faxes, agendas, minutes, or carrying out more complex tasks such as mail merges.
Spreadsheet is the programe you've always wanted. Newcomers find it intuitive and easy to learn; professional data miners and number crunchers will appreciate the comprehensive range of advanced functions. Of course, you are free to use your old Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, or save your work in Excel format for sending to people who still use Microsoft products. If all they want to see is your results, then use Portable Document Format (.pdf) - no need to buy any extra software.
Presentation is an outstanding tool for creating effective multimedia presentations. Your presentations will stand out with 2D and 3D clip art, special effects, animation, and high-impact drawing tools. A complete range of views are supported: Drawing / Outline / Slides / Notes / Handouts to meet all the needs of presenters and audiences, plus an optional multi-pane view to put all the tools at your fingertips.
Integrated email and calendaring
Whether you need to simply check your email, create a calendar or search for a contact, Evolution can help you.
New features in Evolution 2.8.0 include vertical message panes. See your email the way you want it. Search Folders are saved intelligent searches which can display groups of email according to your specified criteria. Create Search Folders to combine mail from different mail accounts into a single view, quickly view all mail from your boss (or a particular friend).
Easy note-taking with Tomboy
Tomboy is a desktop note-taking application. It is simple and easy-to-use, but with potential to help you organise the ideas and information you deal with every day. Tomboy relates notes and ideas together. Using a wiki-like linking system, organising ideas is as simple as typing a name.
Safe, easy and tabbed web browsing
Firefox 2.0 is a powerful, award-winning and standards compliant web browser. With tabbed browsing you'll be able to use one window to view all your web pages.
New features in 2.0 include inline spell check support in web forms, restore session that crashed, built in phishing detectors, better support for previewing and subscribing to web feeds, enhanced search engine management with built in OpenSearch support, and much more.
Easy editing and uploading of photos
F-spot enables you to import your photos from your hard drive, camera (including PTP type), or iPod, and supports 16 common files types, including JPEG, GIF, TIFF, RAW. Your photos can be tagged for searching and grouping. Other features include fullscreen and slideshow modes.
Editing photos in F-Spot is a breeze. Easily rotate, crop, resize, and adjust red eye and other colour settings with a few simple clicks, and versioning ensures your originals are never altered. You can also enter descriptions of photos that are saved in the actual file so other people and programmes will be able to see them, whether they use F-Spot or not.
Music and videos
Rhythmbox media player has a number of features that let you easily store, search and browse your music library and listen to internet radio. You can also view films, or videos, using Totem which features a play list, a full-screen mode, seek and volume controls and keyboard navigation.
Ubuntu is available for PC, 64-Bit and Mac architectures. CDs require at least 256 MB of RAM. Install requires at least 2 GB of disk space.
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 192MB of RAM to install from this CD.
See the release notes for known issues installing from this CD. This image is not suitable for upgrading from previous releases; see the upgrade instructions for that.
There are three images available, each for a different type of computer:
PC (Intel x86) desktop CD
For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows. Choose this if you are at all unsure.
Mac (PowerPC) desktop CD
For Apple Macintosh G3, G4, and G5 computers, including iBooks and PowerBooks.
64-bit PC (AMD64) desktop CD
For computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon). It is not necessary for all (even most) processors made by AMD -- only their 64 bit chips.
Here is a Master List of (300+) new computer systems to 'live cd demo' run on old or new hardware of any kind (even xbox!)
I like: Ubuntu, Edubuntu, Kubuntu, Knoppix, Knoppix for Kids, Gnoppix, Puppy Linux (60 megabytes: can run a new computer from a $5 USB 'keychain drives' and it is SO cute besides), Gentoo, and GamesKnoppix amongst the many I've looked at.
All of these are 'live demo CDs' that run (boot your hardware) from the CD Drive and most of them will run just fine using from 128M - 256M of RAM (as a RAM Drive) even without a hard drive. Nothing is installed to your hardware so when you're done and remove the CD and reboot your hardware is exactly as you last saw it.
x86: AMD and Intel computers, could include optimizations from the 386 to the Pentium IV to the Athlon XP
x86-64: Computers with chips that use the AMD64 64-bit extensions, known in the Intel camp as EM64T. These chips include the Athlon64, Opteron, Pentium 4 600 series, Pentium D, Core 2 Duo, and modern Xeons
PPC: PowerPC chips, including the Apple G3, G4, and G5 (in 32-bit mode), possibly other IBM Power chips
PPC64: PowerPC 64-bit chips, including the Apple G5, possibly other IBM Power chips
Eden: LiveCDs specifically made for the VIA Eden platform. Because these are based on the x86 instruction set, x86 LiveCDs may work too.
Xbox: Made for the XBox, may require software or hardware mods to run
IA-64: Itanium and Itanium2 platforms
Sparc64: SUN Sparc 64-bit platform
Alpha: Alpha platform, once made by DEC, then Compaq, and now being phased out by HP
Mips: Some SGI platforms
HPPA: Also known as PA-RISC, made by HP, also being phased out
Desktops: provides a working GUI desktop environment with a collection of desktop programs, such as browsers and text editors. Many also include utilities for other purposes, such as home entertainment, but are only listed here because the additional functions are not their primary focus.
OS Replacement: provides an option to transfer the cd to the hard drive, or to install an OS in a different form
Education: provides a collection of educational programs, or was created to be used in the educational field
Rescue: provides tools needed for data recovery
Clustering: provides tools for making clusters (yum! clusters!)
Security: contains network security tools
Home Entertainment: geared towards playing video and audio
Gaming: video games!
Medical: contains medical programs
Diagnostics: contains utilities for testing hardware
Firewalls: distributions created to be used as firewalls
Forensics: distributions containing forensic tools
Servers: distributions used for various server functions
The ISO min size and ISO max size refer to distributions which have different size images of the current release. Sizes over 700MB may require overburning to be put onto a CD, or be a LiveDVD ISO. Many LiveCDs can also be copied onto and booted from USB drives.