Canonical, today announced on their blog, the closing of Shipit, the free Ubuntu CD distribution system. With the advent of broadband internet connection around the world, and CD drives literally disappearing from laptops, the CD distribution system has been rendered obsolete. Also the additional money from the savings would go to an interesting new project !!
So no more free CDs ?
Not really. Canonical promises to make a large number of Ubuntu CDs to Ubuntu Local Communities (LoCo). A shipit like program will be started soon. Obviously, LoCos can more effectively redistribute CDs amongst people who need them. So people who are not yet a part of any LoCo might want to join one or even create a new LoCo. You can see here for more details on Ubuntu LoCos and their activities.
Canonical also has hinted about a free online Ubuntu trial. This will be powered by cloud computing system. New users can try out Ubuntu without even downloading it !! It will be really awesome for a migrant from windows to try out Ubuntu from his browser before making the switch.
Yes. Its sad that Shipit closes down. But you have to admit that it is not really *that* important to have it either. Lets look forward to the trial on cloud system !!