The next release of Ubuntu i.e. Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) is all set to be released on 30th Oct. However, if you don’t have a fast internet connection and would like to try Ubuntu nevertheless you should Pre-Order a free CD.
Canonical the parent company of the popular Linux distro send free Ubuntu CDs across the world. Yes you don’t pay a dime, shipping, handling and other costs all are borne by Canonical.
You can pre-order the following flavours of Ubuntu:
Please note that starting with Ubuntu 8.10, Canonical no longer ships the Edubuntu Addon CD. So if you need Edubuntu you might have to download it. The CDs have to be approved and then shipping takes 4 to 6 weeks (subject to your location). In case you are not up for the wait you might want to download the ISO and burn it yourself, or better if you are already running Ubuntu just go to the terminal and type:
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade