I am new here and recently picked up some interest in learning GIS, and was going through the Getting started with GIS course and wanted to know if there is a free (non-trial) version to complete some of the exercises? I did one exercise without any issues but the second one recommended...
So I tried the ArcGIS online to follow the steps but couldn't locate "ArcMap" to familiarize with the interface.
> ... if there is a free (non-trial) version to complete some of the exercises?
You can get ArcGIS for Personal Use for approx $100 US to complete the exercises. It includes ArcGIS Desktop (which ArcMap is a part of).
Hope this helps,