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In an effort to promote Free and Open Source Software in our community, TALUG is proud to offer Free CDs of current Linux and BSD distributions ("distros") and other open source software for anyone in the northwest Ohio / southeast Michigan area! To request a copy, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating which CDs you would like (please also specify platform if not x86). We will then contact you to confirm your request and also to arrange your pickup of the CDs. All invalid requests will be IGNORED! If you do not live in the area, DO NOT send a request.

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Title Short Description Platforms (key) # of CDs
(K/X/Ed)Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Debian-based distribution with up-to-date packages, a set release schedule, financial backing, and a large and vibrant community.
i386 1 CD
PCLinuxOS 2007 PCLinuxOS is an English only live CD initially based on Mandrake Linux that runs entirely from a bootable CD. Default desktop is KDE i386 1 CD
Debian Etch Community-based GNU/Linux distro, stable and has over 18,500 precompiled packages. Defaults to Gnome desktop, although KDE, Enlightment, XFCE, ICEWM, Fluxbox, Blackbox and more are avaliable i386 1 DVD
DamnSmallLinux 4.0 Mini (50MB) Knoppix-based live-CD distro; lightweight apps; good on older hardware; easily installs on usb sticks. i386 1 CD
Fedora 7 Community-based GNU/Linux distro; test bed for Red Hat Enterprise Linux; comes with a live CD, and an installation DVD i386 1 CD or 1 DVD
Knoppix 5.1.1 *the* bootable live-CD distro; Debian-based w/ KDE desktop; just put in the CD and reboot (install optional) i386 1 CD or 1 DVD
Linux Mint 4.0 Ubuntu based, community driven distribution whose purpose is to "produce an elegant, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop." Linux Mint shares repositories with Ubuntu and comes with pre-installed multimedia codecs. i386 1 CD
Archlinux Arch Linux is an community developed, i686-optimised Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses 'pacman', a home-grown package manager which allows installation of officially maintained binaries, or community maintained source code. The default install provides a solid base that enables users to create a custom installation. i686 1 CD
TheOpenCD SFD 2007 Edition The OpenCD project aims to introduce users of MS-Windows to the benefits of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Windows™ 1
TTCS OSSWIN CD 1.74 (4/30/2007) open source software for Windows™ Windows™ 1

Key: "i386" refers to the Intil 80386 CPU. Distributions that support this platform can be used on PCs with any Intel x86-compatible processor including 386, 486, 586 (Pentium™), AMD, and Cyrix. "x86_64" = "AMD64" = AMD's 64-bit PC platform, which is NOT compatible with Intel's Itanium™ architecture, but which is compatible with the x86 architecture. "PPC" is short for PowerPC, the processors in Apple iBook and Powerbook, G4 and G5.

Check out Distrowatch or LWN for details on these and many other GNU/Linux distributions.

If there's a distribution you want that is not listed above and you lack the bandwidth and/or burning facilities to make your own disks, feel free to make a special request. We'll see what we can do.

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