Since I have been distributing free Linux disks, through the National Capital FreeNet office. I do this for two reasons:
- So that NCF members can pick up ready-made Linux disks, try them out and hopefully install them and use them.
- As a means of contributing back to the Linux community.
That second point probably requires some explanation. Linux is free software, created by volunteer and paid developers, but distributed for free, so that everyone can use it. I use Linux operating systems, which I get for free. To help contribute back to Linux development some people write the software code, some provide financial support, some do design and artwork. My way to support Linux is to promote it.
Why Use Linux?
Linux operating systems have a number of advantages over Windows. For instance:
- Linux is free
- Pretty much all Linux applications are free
- Most Linux distributions are very easy to install and set up
- Linux is very secure
- Linux is very stable
- Linux will run on your existing computer hardware
- Linux rarely crashes or locks-up
- Linux won't run Windows viruses or spyware
- You can still open and edit all your Windows documents in Linux, like .doc, .ppt and .xls
- Did I mention Linux is free?
There are lots more reasons explained in detail at Why Linux Is Better.
Linux Distributions Available
There are about 300 freely available Linux distributions. Over the last number of years I have supplied disks for a number of different ones. In addition to my Best of Free Windows Software DVD, for I am going to be supplying:
- Ubuntu - the 64-bit version with the Gnome 3 desktop for Windows Vista and newer computers, on high-speed internet. Ubuntu is currently suitable for PCs with a minimum of 2 GB of RAM and a 2 GHz dual core, or faster processor. It works best on Vista or newer PCs. Because it has large and frequent updates and does not support dial-up out-of-the-box, Ubuntu is only recommended for users on high-speed internet.
- Lubuntu - the 64-bit lightweight version of Ubuntu with the LXDE desktop for Windows XP computers and newer, on high-speed internet. Lubuntu is currently suitable for PCs that run Windows XP or newer, with a minimum of 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended) and a Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8 or faster processor. Because it has large and frequent updates and does not support dial-up out-of-the-box, Lubuntu is only recommended for users on high-speed internet.
- Xubuntu - 64-bit lightweight version of Ubuntu with the Xfce desktop for Windows XP computers and newer, on high-speed internet. Xubuntu is currently suitable for PCs that run Windows XP or newer, with a minimum of 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended). Because it has large and frequent updates and does not support dial-up out-of-the-box, Xubuntu is only recommended for users on high-speed internet.
- Puppy Linux - the super-light 32-bit version for older computers on high-speed internet and users on dial-up. Puppy Linux will run on all computers, including ones that run Windows 95 or even earlier. Puppy is perfect for users on dial-up, because each release has no updates and because it supports dial-up on external modems, right out-of-the-box.
- DBAN - data destruction disk - for wiping hard drives. DBAN is Linux-based and will run on pretty much any computer. It can be used to wipe any hard drives it can detect. It doesn't work on solid state drives, however.
- All in One - System Rescue Toolkit - a set of utilities based on Lubuntu Linux, to rescue data, identify viruses and wipe any drives, including hard drives. It also includes a set of Windows rescue and repair utilities that can be accessed through the auto-run "AiO-SRT.exe" file.
I am also able to make up special request DVDs. Some of the ones I can supply are:
- Debian - the 32-bit and 64-bit operating system for more advanced Linux users
- Lubuntu - the 32-bit lightweight version of Ubuntu with the LXDE desktop
- Xubuntu - the 32-bit lightweight version of Ubuntu with the Xfce desktop
Email me for more information.
64-bit computers will run both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems just fine, but 32-bit computers will only run 32-bit operating systems.
Where To Get DVDs
Disks are normally available at National Capital FreeNet, #206-1305 Richmond Road, Ottawa, Ontario K2B 7Y4, during office hours (M-F 0800-1900, Sat 1000-1700). They are located on a display rack just inside the office door.
Sorry, due to the cost, postal problems and other issues I don't ship disks.
Where To Get Envelopes and Cards
I have had many requests from people in the free software community to share my envelope and handout card patterns, so here they are for free download in Oasis open document .odt format. These can be opened in applications such as LibreOffice Writer or AbiWord. Please feel free to modify them and use them in anyway you see fit:
- All in One - System Rescue Toolkit envelope
- Best of Free Windows Software envelope
- DBAN envelope
- Debian envelope
- Lubuntu envelope
- Puppy Linux envelope
- Ubuntu envelope
- Xubuntu envelope
- All in One - System Rescue Toolkit card
- Best of Free Windows Software card
- Lubuntu card
- Puppy Linux card
- Ubuntu card
- Xubuntu card
Some people have reported that the envelope back cover text overlaps the front of the template. This is due to a font issue. The templates are all in "Ubuntu font", which is not installed on some distros, in which case it substitutes your default font, which may be less space efficient. If this happens either change the font to a more compact one, or reduce the point size so that the text fits!