Obtaining Ubuntu on CD/DVD (Free)

Ubuntu releases a new distribution every 6 months: April and October. The release number consists of a number followed by a period followed by the month number. For example: 8.04, 8.10, 9.04, 9.10. The release usually has a descriptive name of an animal.

The process to download and burn-in your own CD version of Ubuntu is free and simple, provided that you have a connection to the Internet, and your computer system has a CD burner. Below are the steps involved in the downloading and the burning of the install image onto a CD.

Step 1: Determine If Your Computer System is 32-bit or 64-bit machine

You need to select the type of Ubuntu distribution that you want to install. It is recommended first to see what type of computer system you have – either 32-bit or 64-bit. It is important to know this information since you cannot install a 64-bit Linux distribution on a 32-bit computer. Some prefer to install a 32-bit Linux distribution on a 64-bit computer for application stability reasons..

Regardless, to find out this information, you can go to the CONTROL PANEL on your MS WIndows system and view the type of computer system (32 or 64 bit).

Warning, this sometimes can be a bit misleading since Windows 32-bit OS can be installed on a 64-bit computer as well. If you have downloaded and burned the wrong version (eg. 64-bit instead of 32-bit), you would find out during the install process anyways…

Step 2: Download CD image to Your Computer

To create your own Linux install CD, you must download the Linux install image to be burned onto a CD. The term “image” relates to a copy of the entire CD saved as a file on a computer system. This “image” file ends with the extension “.iso” These “image files” are useful to store entire CD or DVD contents to be transferred to a CD or DVD using appropriate burning software.

To download the install image of Ubuntu, there are several types of versions available:

  1. Desktop Version (Recommended for the typical user)
  2. Server Edition
  3. Alternate Version (LTSP)

You will need software on your Windows system to burn an image onto a CD. Here is the link to instructions that provide all the tools to accomplish this task: Download Image Instructions

Here is a direct link to the download site:
Download Website

NOTE: There are many different versions of Ubuntu. If you want the speciality versions (such as Edubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, or Mythbuntu), go to their appropriate webpage to download the installation image. (Refer to the links to those speciality types contained in my “What Is Ubuntu?” section of my Ubuntu WIKI:
http://zenit.senecac.on.ca/wiki/index.php/What_is_Ubuntu%3F )

Step 3: Burn Downloaded Image to a CD

This step requires that you have a CD burner on your computer.
Here is a link that provides steps on how to burn in a CD image:
Burn Downloaded Image File

Now that you have burned the Ubuntu install image on your CD, you need to install it. There are several approaches (ways) to install Linux on your machine.
Here is a link to the install instructions:

Please refer to my Ubuntu WIKI link below for additional instructions of how to install Linux (various versions)…

I orginally created this article for my Ubuntu Guide WIKI:

Murray Saul


~ by Murray Saul on October 22, 2009.

4 Responses to “Obtaining Ubuntu on CD/DVD (Free)”

  1. What?!!..
    You can install a 32bit version on a 64bit system (but not vice-versa) … a lot of people still do it, primarily for stability reasons

    • You mean *stability* reasons to force a 32-bit solution for a 64-bit machine if you are using MS Windows?
      No wonder I prefer to use Linux >;)


  2. I was talking about Linux.
    You can install 32bit versions of most distros despite having a 64bit processor…. and despite what you say, quite a number of serious Linux users still do it.
    I have a dual boot system where one partition runs Ubuntu Studio 32bit (because Inkscape tends to go spazzy after a hour of use on 64 bit achitecture, for some unknown reason) and the other runs Debian 64bit.

    • I haven’t used Inkscape, so I’ll take your word for it.
      I did have problems with Cinellera CV with 64-bit Ubuntu, but was fixed. Generally, I haven’t had major problems with my 64-bit Ubuntu system…

      Thanks for the info, will update the wording in the blog and WIKI…


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