What's the difference between Ubuntu 12.04 LTS for free and the Official CD of Ubuntu for $5? I didn't know the difference.
There's no difference. The CD is just an annual thing they do for people with slow connections and to raise funds for Ubuntu.
They charge the cost for the CD/DVD, maybe shipping & handling and the seconds it takes to burn it. This helps in several key points:
- Helps users with very slow connection, limited bandwidth or no connection at all get the CD/DVD. This are the 3 types of users that actually benefit more from this.
- Helps raise funds for multiple causes
- The buyer gets a cool printed CD with the Ubuntu version, Ubuntu logo and a neat Ubuntu cover.
- The buyer also gets several stickers that look great on the PC/Laptop.
For the 12.04 for example you would get a box cover like this:
And the CD Cover like this:
In the case of Ubuntu, they charge 5$ for a pack of 5CDs + S&H. Is it worth it, most definitely yeah!. I mean you are getting all that for a little more than 5$.
The only downside is that you'll turn into my dad. He has a collection of all Ubuntu / Xubuntu / Lubuntu / Kubuntu / Edubuntu... CDs since it came out. And I MEAN a collection that he doesn't even take out of the cover box. I mean do you know how many versions of Ubuntu there are and types of flavors. It almost looks like a music collection if you look at it from the side.
There is no difference. Both are the same. But if you like to have the official CD, for keepsake, you can do so. Plus if you have a slow connection, or planning bulk deployment, getting the CD would be an idea.
The price is $5 for a pack of 5, so you can pass it on. Or you can download it, and make your own CD, and pass it on.1
To buy Ubuntu CD:
Download Link for Ubuntu CD:
There is no difference the users who find it difficult to download can buy the CD for $5. You are free to clone the disk and distribute among your friends.