Ubuntu 6.10 released
Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. It is developed by a large community and we invite you to participate too!
The Ubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Philosophy: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customise and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.
These freedoms make Ubuntu fundamentally different from traditional proprietary software: not only are the tools you need available free of charge, you have the right to modify your software until it works the way you want it to.
Ubuntu is suitable for both desktop and server use. The current Ubuntu release supports PC (Intel x86), 64-bit PC (AMD64), Sun UltraSPARC and T1 (Sun Fire T1000 and T2000), PowerPC (Apple iBook, Powerbook, G4 and G5) and OpenPower (Power5) architectures.
Ubuntu includes more than 16,000 pieces of software, but the core desktop installation fits on a single CD. Ubuntu covers every standard desktop application from word processing and spreadsheet applications to web server software and programming tools
Ubuntu on the desktop
Ubuntu offers you a complete Linux-based operating system, including all the major applications you need to play and work. With a strong focus on a desktop that Just Works, Ubuntu is a great choice for home or the office. The base system and all included software is free, and support is available from the community or by professional support providers.
When you start the system for the first time you are greeted by a desktop that is unusually clean and tidy. No desktop icons by default! Even the recycling bin has been moved down to the taskbar. The default theme is designed to be easy on the eye. But Linux is inherently flexible; you can customise the look and behaviour of the desktop in a range of ways, from simply changing the default theme to selecting a different desktop environment altogether.
A standard Ubuntu install contains a selection of useful applications. In the Applications menu you will find OpenOffice 2.0 for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations, Gimp for image editing and more.
OpenOffice.org 2, a complete office suite
Create, edit and save word processor documents with Writer, spreadsheets with Calc, presentations with Impress and databases with Base. Easily share files with your friends who have Microsoft Office, Word Perfect, KOffice or Star Office. Create PDFs with a single click.
Safe and easy web browsing with Mozilla Firefox
Ubuntu offers you the powerful and standard-compliant Firefox web browser. With tabbed browsing, pop-up blocking and more, Firefox is a great way to safely enjoy the Internet.
Integrated email, calendering and more
For all your personal information management needs, Evolution is there. Whether you need to simply check your email, create a calendar, or search for a contact, Evolution can help you. Evolution also can connect to a Microsoft Exchange or other mail server, for an easier transition to Ubuntu.
Music, video, pictures and their devices
Just plug in your camera and import your pictures, organise those latest trip photos and burn a photo CD for your friends and family. Play, rip and mix your CDs with the Rhythmbox Media Player or play your videos in Totem. Want to move files around with your USB thumb drive?. Just pop it in and then drag and drop files back and forth.
A wealth of additional software
Need more software? You can choose from hundreds of software packages in the Ubuntu software catalogue, all available to download and install with the click of a button. And it's all completely free.
Computing for everyone
Ubuntu aims to include the very best localization and accessibility infrastructure that the Free Software community has to offer, to make Ubuntu usable by as many people as possible. Ubuntu is available in over 40 languages, from Arabic to Xhosa. You can even help out with translation to your own language using the Rosetta translation tool.
Ubuntu includes special assistive technology features to make the OS accessible to as many as possible, including high visibility themes, a screen magnifier, a screen reader and an on-screen keyboard. As of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, the Live CD now makes it possible to start these features from first boot.
Help and support
Documentation is available in the desktop help browser and on-line at help.ubuntu.com. A range of support services is also available both as free community-based support via forums, chat and mailing lists in many languages as well as paid commercial support services.
Updates made simple
Updates, from simple security fixes to a complete version upgrade, are now possible with a few clicks of the update utility.
Ready to try Ubuntu?
Just download the Ubuntu DesktopCD and test Ubuntu without changing anything on your computer. If you want to keep Ubuntu permanently, there is an easy installer right on the DesktopCD. Or you can order a few CDs for no cost
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