Getting Ubuntu

There are a number of methods you may use to obtain a copy of Ubuntu, all of which are described on the Ubuntu Web site download page.

The first method is to download an ISO image from a mirror server near you and make a CD to install Ubuntu. Two types of CDs are available:

If you don't have a CD burner or you have limited or expensive bandwidth, we can send you pressed copies of the 'Desktop CD' free of charge. You may request CDs via Shipit, the Ubuntu CD Distribution System.


Ordered CDs may take several weeks to arrive.

You can also contact an Ubuntu Local Community Team (LoCoTeam) near you. These are self-organized groups of Ubuntu enthusiasts who want to bring the Ubuntu community onto a local level. Most LoCoTeams have extra copies of Ubuntu and give them out freely. A list of existing Ubuntu LoCoTeams can be found on the Ubuntu wiki.

Another method of obtaining Ubuntu is to join a local Linux Users Group (LUG) and ask if somebody can make you a copy. Normally, you will have to pay for the cost of the CD and delivery.

If you do not know of an LUG near you, a list can be found at Linux Users Groups WorldWide.