Ubuntu Release Party Day
Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on October 29, 2009
Ubuntu, one of the most popular desktop versions of GNU Linux the free operating software, is issuing the new release today.
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #114 announced that the new version of Ubuntu will be released on October 29th, 2009.My Google Search brought me some Pirate Bay results, and being curious I checked it out an learned a little about download mirrors I was going to write about. Unfortunately, I closed the tab and couldn’t get it back again thanks to the DMCA TakeDown notice which compelled Google to remove Pirate Bay from its search pages.
I guess even Google isn’t big enough to fight this bad law. At the time of this writing, Microsofts’s Bing search engine was still allowing Pirate Bay searches. It will be interesting to see if they get a DMCA TakeDown as well.
Guess it pays to have more than one search engine online, what? It is sad to see the absence of due process affecting the civil rights of our formerly free (as in speech) American cousins.
To download Ubuntu, you can go to Ubuntu Complete Download Options page, which will direct you.
For those of us who are very new to all this Torrent Freak: Use BitTorrent to Upgrade to Ubuntu ‘Intrepid Ibex’ explains how to do this in human language.
For the best support of all, try to find a local Linux/Ubuntu/Fedora/KDE/etc. users group because they are probably hosting a (free as in beer as well as free as in speech) release party. If you have a laptop bring it along and the folks at the party will most likely help you install it on your computer. If you don’t, by attending the party you can learn how its done, and maybe even come away from the party with a burned CD or DVD.
I’m really new to this, but since it seems that almost all the people promoting GNU Linux applications like Ubuntu are private individuals who are not making any money off of this stuff, they do it because they love it and believe in it. (Think about it… getting the world out from under Windows domination? How worthy can you get?)
Part of the whole GNU Linux deal is the community. Everyone helps everyone for the public good. When someone at one of these meetings gives you a burned CD it is unlikely they will charge you for it, but 99 times out of a hundred they have paid for the CDs they give away out of their own pocket.
Although I may get some flack for saying this it seems to me that since economic times are still tough if you can afford it, it would be great if you brought a handful of blank writable CDs along to the party for sharing. Its great that the technical folks are willing to share their expertise, but they shouldn’t have to bankrupt themselves to do it. In a community everybody does what they can. I figure its along the lines of bringing a bottle of wine or a tray of devilled eggs when someone invites you to dinner. It’s sharing, which is very cool.
If you’re not sure about switching to a GNU Linux operating system, its possible to get a bootable live CD so that you can try it out without switching.
I’m horrendously busy as I’m trying to get a few crucial jobs finished up so I can participate in NaNoWriMo, but I’ve only been to one release party which was disrupted by a transit strike, so I might toddle along to the Kwartzlab party tonight.
By the way, this is “breaking news” not the fourth part of the alphabet series.
Linux distributions make extensive LEGAL use of bitTorrent transfers. Of course the downside is that in Canada the CRTC has given Bell Canada blanket approval to “throttle” all dsl Internet BitTorrent traffic under the erroneous assumption that all BitTorrent Internet traffic involves copyright infringement.
Fortunately we don’t have draconian DMCA laws in Canada (yet) or some of our favorite websites could be so easily shut down by unmerited malicious complaints. Sites like this one: