Where is the proper download for a bootable disc please? I don't want wubi.

  • The link works perfectly and it points to 12.10. Here is the 12.10 link ubuntu.com/… – devav2 Dec 27 '12 at 19:16
  • @devav2 It doesn't always work perfectly for one person, even if it does for another, because sometimes some mirrors are working and some are not. So it's best for these problems to be reported (on Launchpad) whenever even one user is able to produce it (unless it completely goes away on its own). See my answer. ghostwhistler: If you report this as a bug or find it already reported, please feel free to subscribe me if you wish, and I can try to reproduce it. – Eliah Kagan Dec 27 '12 at 19:47
  • Folks: This is not too localized because problems with files on Ubuntu mirrors is not a one-time thing; they pop up from time to time (as there are many mirrors, run by widely different people and groups). I can see an argument for closing this as not a real question, but we know exactly what it's asking... – Eliah Kagan Dec 27 '12 at 21:08

You can get it at the central releases server.

If the main download page on the Ubuntu website ever has a problem, or when it no longer has Ubuntu 12.10 (once 13.04 comes out), you will always be able to get 12.10 here:

More generally, if a release's code name is X, its files are available in http://releases.ubuntu.com/X.

End-of-life releases move to http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/X, but the first URL still works as it's made a redirect. URL's to files inside may not redirect. In any case, folks really shouldn't use EoL releases as security vulnerabilities are not patched when discovered.

You can access bootable CD images there. If you did want to use Wubi (which I understand you don't), you could get it there too. For that, you'd scroll down to the bottom.

.torrent files for bittorrent are also there. If you have a reasonably fast Internet connection--DSL or better--then torrents are probably the best and fastest way to get Ubuntu, and it's an easy way to help out by uploading it to others during and after you download it.

You can browse all the supported releases here:

Clicking a release name there goes into that release's folder as explained above.

Weird architecture? No problem!

For the minority of users who want ISO images to install on less common, community-supported architectures, those are on a different server:

Logistics and Troubleshooting

During times of heavy load, downloading from the releases server may be slow. Even during normal load, it's generally recommended to download from a mirror--that usually maximizes speed, makes it so you don't have to wait as long for the download to begin, and provides for the efficient distribution of Ubuntu to many people around the world at the same time.

There's nothing wrong with downloading from the releases server, especially if you have problems downloading using the download page. One of the things the download page does--besides making it easier for novice users to get the right ISO image--is to select a randomized, probably suitable mirror for you to download from.

Therefore, if there's a problem downloading using the download page, it could be:

  • a problem with the download page itself, or
  • a problem on one or more of the mirrors that get selected.

Either way, the best thing to do (after you've started downloading your file from someplace that's working right, so that's done) is to report the problem by filing a bug on Launchpad against the ubuntu-website-content package. You can search for it, and then report it if nobody else has, here. If someone else has reported the same problem then you can subscribe to the bug to get notifications and show your interest, and (especially recommended, and totally separate from subscribing) you can use the This bug affects link near the top of the bug page to indicate that you are affected.

Before reporting a new bug, or if you have any confusion about bugs and bug reporting, it's a very good idea to read this guide, even though some of the information is not relevant to reporting bugs in ubuntu-website-content. This is also an excellent resource.

  • The links don't work as listed. the 12.10 links to 12.04 and gives me the wubi version which, for the third time, i don't want and the disc images will not burn to dvd. this website is a mess – ghostwhistler Dec 28 '12 at 8:58
  • @ghostwhistler When I go to the 12.10 link I get a page where I can choose what I want to download. On that page, I click PC (Intel x86) desktop image. That is an ISO image, it is the 12.10 version, and it can be burned to CD or DVD. This is working for me and others; if it's not working for you, we need to figure out what's going on. As it seems to be working except for you, this may be a problem on your end. (1) Try clearing your browser cache. (2) Do you use a proxy/VPN? – Eliah Kagan Dec 28 '12 at 9:18
  • that link is still the wubi file. – ghostwhistler Dec 28 '12 at 11:38
  • @ghostwhistler Are you able to download ISO images at this mirror? Also, what happens when you clear your browser cache? (Alternatively, try a different web browser?) Do you connect to the Internet through a VPN? Are you accessing the web through a proxy server? – Eliah Kagan Dec 28 '12 at 13:31
  • i downloaded the pc intel x86 desktop image as above. I find it incomprehensible that people misunderstand what I'm asking and that it's not available. – ghostwhistler Dec 29 '12 at 10:19

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