ShipIt – painfully Xubuntuless

Update: A ShipIt alternative for Xubuntu is now available!

When I found out you could pre-order Ubuntu Feisty Fawn CD’s via ShipIt (Ubuntu’s free-of-charge CD shipping service) I immediately did so. This week they arrived and I took some pictures.

The package immediately reminds me about what an oudsider Xubuntu is:
Ubuntu Feisty cd
There is some information on the back about Canonical, and how its projects include the free and open source Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu. Not a word on Xubuntu😦

Ubuntu CDUbuntu CD Hosted on Zooomr

That aside, the CD looks very slick:

Ubuntu CDUbuntu CD Hosted on Zooomr

There are some instructions on how to use this CD and a block describing “The Ubuntu Promise”.

Ubuntu CDUbuntu CD Hosted on Zooomr

Oh, and there’s some info on Ubuntu on the back too:

Ubuntu CDUbuntu CD Hosted on Zooomr

But this is what I consider the best part: stickers!

Ubuntu CDUbuntu CD Hosted on Zooomr

Those stickers will look really nice on my pc😉

Anyway, the reason Xubuntu is not available for free shipping is, according to Mark Shuttleworth:

i don’t think so. xubuntu, as i understand it, is a more specialist environment, so we probably would not fund cd shipments for it. it’s hard to justify on either philanthropic or business grounds. though it would be nice at least if you could order xubuntu

Well… I don’t know what exactly Mark means by specialist environment, I might ask him some time, but ordering at least would be cool. However, I do hope Xubuntu once becomes available for ShipIt because I use it not because my computer is so slow (it could run Ubuntu), but because it is extremely responsive and has some really nifty features Ubuntu doesn’t have. Let’s hope the folks over at Canonical will also come to realize that I’m not the only one. I’m not, am I?

7 Responses to “ShipIt – painfully Xubuntuless”


  1. 1 Jan Stedehouder 14 May 2007 at 3:47 pm

    I have no clue why Xubuntu would be considered more specialist than Ubuntu or Kubuntu, let alone Edubuntu. Personally I treat the three desktop environments (GNOME, KDE, Xfce) on a par, each with it’s own strengths and weaknesses.
    Then again, I am a software junk and like my installs to be fat with everything I can get my hands on. Including these three desktops. Among others….😉

  2. 2 Phi 20 May 2007 at 1:03 am

    I initially used Xubuntu on my ancient (5 year old) laptop to make it run better. Now I have a new zippy laptop, and I tried the liveCDs of Ubuntu and Kubuntu Feisty, but I’m back on Xubuntu. I just like the features and the simple zippy feel.

  3. 3 SQ 21 May 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Yup, me too.
    I much prefer Xfce over Gnome and KDE. It looks slick. It’s fast. It behaves just like I want it to. And it’s very customisable.
    I have no idea why Canonical seems to be ignoring Xubuntu lately. It’s my favourite product of theirs.

  4. 4 lowks 5 June 2007 at 3:07 am

    Yeah I totally agree with you. I really really like the xfce environmnet and heck having a shipit cd just for novelty sake would be nice ….

  5. 6 keith 3 February 2009 at 1:54 am

    Are you talking about the latest xubuntu 8.10 and is it really that good, i was thinking of getting it but its £4.89 why can’t i find it free,

  6. 7 Vincent 3 February 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Keith, this was posted on 13 May 2007 so it’s about Xubuntu 7.04 “Feisty Fawn”. But 8.10 isn’t available on ShipIt as well – its target audience is supposedly “too small”. (It is free of charge when you download it though.)


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