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You can burn a copy of the Ubuntu Desktop Live Install CD by downloadinf the ISO file from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download which also has instructions on the page on how to burn and install Ubuntu Linux on your computer.
If you use dial-up, you should use a download manager program which can resume from disconnected downloads, so you don't have to redownload the ISO if you get disconnected online.
You can use Programs like Nero, Roxio, CDBurnerXP, Deep Burner, and other CD burning software with CD ISO burning wizards to burn a copy of the Ubuntu Live CD by using your CD burning program to open and burn the Ubuntu ISO to CD to make your live CD.
You can also buy a copy of the Ubuntu 11.10 CD online at Amazon from the link below and also get reference material to help you learn Ubuntu.
The Ubuntu Software Center is the most common way to install and uninstall programs in Ubuntu. You can find the Ubuntu Software Center in the Applications Menu, or the Unity Sidebar and program launcher search by typing in "Ubuntu Software Center" in Ubuntu 11.04 and above.
In Ubuntu 11.10 there are also user reviews on programs, so you know other people's opinions of the programs before you install it on Ubuntu.
The Ubuntu Software Center is very well organized, so finding the type of program you want to install on your computer is fast, and there is also a search engine on the top right.
Once you find the software in the Ubuntu Software Center, you click it with your mouse, and hit the install button on the right. You'll be ask to type in your password, and hit OK. Wait for the program to install.
For more advance users, you can use the Synaptic Package Manager which is like a more basoc version of Ubuntu Software Center, and Terminal command prompt to install programs to install programs by entering text based comands.
Ubuntu uses the Gdebi installer programs to install .deb debian packages, but newer versions of Ubuntu uses the Ubuntu Software center to also install .deb debian packages.
WineHQ is also a well known software you can download and install from the Ubuntu Software Center. Wine lets you install, and run Windows software, and games within Ubuntu Linux by using WineHQ to open the .exe or .MSI Executable Installer Files with it.
You don't need to pay for Ubuntu, and the software installed on Ubuntu because Ubuntu and the software which comes bundled for it, or can be installed on it like VLC Media Play, LibreOffice, Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird are open source free software which means mostly volunteers maintain and support the software and operating system for Ubuntu.
You also don't have to buy and subscribe to anti-virus, anti-malware, and computer security software to keep Ubuntu secure since Ubuntu is a very safe operating system which is very hard to get infected with viruses. You'll also save time by not needing to learn how to use computer security and maintenance software for Windows and Mac since Ubuntu does a pretty good job of scanning for disk errors, and fixing them on a regular automatic scheledule, and Ubuntu automatically checks for updates for you to install to fix bugs, security problems, and errors in Ubuntu when they are discovered.
Most of the software in the Ubuntu Software Center is free for you to download, and install on your computer. There are some paid software in the Ubuntu Software Center but their prices are not super expensive.
You can also use Ubuntu One Cloud online back up which gives you 5GB of free online disk space to back up your files to Ubuntu's online file hosting service.
Ubuntu does not break much in my experience, so you would not need to hire a PC Technician to fix your PC.
Learning to use Ubuntu Linux can take a day, or less if you have some experience with other operating systems like Windows, Mac, and other Linux based Operating systems like Fedora, OpenSuse, Puppy Linux, and Linux Mint.
If you know how to install Windows or another Linux operating system, installing Ubuntu Linux should be pretty simple, or even more simpler since the desktop install liveCD for Ubuntu is very well documented, and ask you questions on how to set up your computer, and user account for Ubuntu.
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