Knowing a few of the people working on ubuntu I was curious to have a look when I got a copy of their first release CD package. It contains 2 CD’s, one an install disk as you’d expect but the other is a “Live” CD that allows you to look at ubuntu without having to install it – a very good idea. The Live CD also has several open source applications that can be installed onto windows, and even contains a nice menu when you load the CD while under windows. The package may be minimal but the text is all well written and should be accessible to “normal” users.
I’ll try to actually boot it soon and see what it looks like, but the impression so far is good.