Where to find Lubuntu: Downloading and burning to CD
As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, one of the best reasons for switching to Linux is speed. Linux can breathe new life into an old computer that’s struggling to run Windows, extending its life and allowing it to remain usable for years to come.
Lubuntu is a distro that will do exactly that. A variant of Ubuntu, Lubuntu provides a faster, lighter experience than its parent distro while still offering all the advantages of Ubuntu: an easy install, lots of programs to choose from, and a wide variety of online help.
Lubuntu can be obtained in a couple of ways: You can order a CD and have it mailed to you, or you can just download the distro yourself and burn it to a CD. Ordering a CD saves you from having to download a large file, which is something to consider if you have a slow Internet connection. The cost is negligible, too: At the time of writing, OSDisc.com is selling a CD containing the latest version of Lubuntu for $2.35, plus a couple bucks in shipping.
However, if you have a relatively decent Internet connection, you’ll probably just want to download Lubuntu yourself—that way, you don’t have to pay for anything but a blank CD.
Basically, you’re going to be downloading an image of a disc containing Lubuntu that you will then burn to a blank CD. For your convenience, here’s a direct link to the latest version of Lubuntu (11.10 at the time of writing). The file will be fairly large, unfortunately, so it might take a while to download.
Burn a CD
Once the file has finished downloading, you are now ready to burn it to a CD. Ubuntu provides a guide to burning the CD for Windows and Mac which applies to Lubuntu also. Once the process is finished, you’ll be ready to install Lubuntu on your computer.
The link I provided above is for the 32-bit version of Lubuntu. However, if you have a computer that supports a 64-bit operating system, you can download a 64-bit version of Lubuntu to take full advantage of your computer’s capabilities. Both the 32- and 64-bit versions of Lubuntu can be found here.
Also, if you want slightly faster download times and would like to reduce some of the load on the Ubuntu servers, you can use a BitTorrent client (such as µTorrent or Transmission). Basically, instead of downloading the file directly from Ubuntu, you’ll be downloading lots of small pieces of the file from other people online. Torrents are often associated with piracy, but in this case, Ubuntu is free to share and redistribute, and Ubuntu actually prefers you to use torrents because it saves them bandwidth. Of course, you should check to make sure that the file you download is actually the file you want, which can be done using md5sums, a guide to which can be found here.
Be sure to read the next article in this series, which provides a step-by-step guide to installing Lubuntu on your computer.