Free and Easy

Yesterday I received ten CDs for the latest release of Ubuntu Linux
Ubuntu 6.06 CD Sleeve

Things have changed a little since the last batch arrived; there’s now only a single CD which acts as both a Live CD and an installation disc (previously these were two separate discs). The new arrangement means that there’s slightly less Windows software on the CD (no this time), but that’s a small price to pay. In exchange for this minor loss you get the ability to run the Live CD and then run the installation program within the live environment – a much simpler arrangement for most people.

I’ve actually been running this version of Ubuntu for a few weeks now: it was made available via the normal software update tool, so starting the upgrade from version 5.10 to 6.06 was as simple as clicking on a button. I look after the PC of a less-than-technically-competent friend, which also runs Ubuntu, and the upgrade was so straightforward that I was able to talk him through it in just a couple of emails.

This really is the slickest Ubuntu release yet, and my praise goes out to everyone who has worked on it. At some point I’ll chat about it a bit more (and probably post some screenshots), but in the meantime if you want to try it for yourself you can either download a copy, or request that they send you some CDs – in either case there’s no charge and you can try the Live CD without affecting your Windows installation. What have you got to lose?