The official Canonical blog announced today the end of free cds via ShipIt.
It’s with some regret that we are announcing the end of the ShipIt Programme and the CD distributor programme. When we started ShipIt in 2005 broadband was still a marketing promise even in the most connected parts of the most developed nations. We knew that this represented a significant stumbling block to the adoption of a new technology like Ubuntu. So we invested in making the CDs free and freely delivered to anywhere in the world. Since then we have shipped millions of CDs to every country in the world and brought Ubuntu into the lives of millions of individuals, we hope making them a little better.
Technology moves on and as we look at ways to spread Ubuntu further, a CD distribution programme, especially one of that size and delivered in that way, makes less sense. We have been slowly easing back the programme over the last two years to limit the number of CDs per person and the number of times a person could apply for a CD. But for Ubuntu 11.04 you will no longer be able to go to our website and apply for a free CD.
You will still be able to get CDs from your local LoCo (Ubuntu Local Community) or by purchasing Ubuntu cd packs through Canonical’s online store. With the saving from discontinuing ShipIt, Canonical plans to start a cloud system where Windows users can test out Ubuntu online.
Of course the Ubuntu cd will still be available to download for free at ubuntu.com
Read more here.