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Call for Edubuntu 12.04 Translations

Originally posted to the edubuntu-devel mailing list by Stéphane Graber.

Call for Translations

We're now just 3 weeks away from the final release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
(and its flavours).
Ensuring our installation experience and default desktop is as well
translated as possible is one of Edubuntu's goal for this release.

We're almost there and it already looks great compared to our previous
releases, yet I'm sure we can have it even better.

Current packages of interest sorted by priority:

edubuntu-live

Deadline: 19th of April
Link:
https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/precise/+source/edubuntu-live
Note: Can't be translated post-release, part of installer

ubiquity-slideshow-edubuntu

Deadline: 19th of April
Link:
https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/precise/+source/ubiquity-slide...
Note: Can't be translated post-release, part of installer

epoptes

Deadline: 12th of April
Link: https://translations.launchpad.net/epoptes
Note: Can't be translated post-release, translations are upstream
(non-langpack)

ltsp

Deadline: 19th of April
Link: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/precise/+source/ltsp
Note: Can be translated post-release but is used in live environment and is difficult to update post-release

Other new Edubuntu packages with translations in Launchpad are listed below, these are lower priority than anything above as they're translated through langpacks and aren't as visible as the 4 above:
https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/precise/+source/pastebinit
https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/precise/+source/arkose

Thanks again for all your help and I'm definitely looking forward to the best translated Ubuntu and Edubuntu ever.

Edubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 Released

Edubuntu version 12.04 Beta 2 is now released. This beta release is a pre-release version released for testing purposes and shouldn't be used in production.

Here are a few highlights since the last release:

  • This beta fixes a few issues that were identified in the previous beta release, including improved translations, a new Epoptes release and a new LTSP.
  • Edubuntu 12.04 will be the first 5 year LTS release of the Edubuntu project.
  • For this release we focused on quality and stability and refrained from any significant feature improvements.
  • iTalc, our classroom management tool has been replaced by Epoptes, which is more stable and better integrated with Edubuntu and LTSP.
  • LTSP is updated to the new major 5.3 release, fixing many bugs, improving performance, bandwidth usage and providing better fat client support.
  • Freemind and Geogebra were dropped from the default Edubuntu installation in an effort to avoid Java on our DVD. Both of these are still available via the Software Center, but aren't covered by the LTS support term.
  • The KDE version of edubuntu-desktop will only be supported on a best effort basis and isn't covered by the LTS support term either.
  • Edubuntu now includes vim and pastebinit by default to make the command line experience of advanced users more pleasant.

The full technical overview for this beta release is available on the Ubuntu wiki. Be sure to read the Ubuntu parts too, since it also impacts Edubuntu.

The installation media can be downloaded from the Ubuntu cdimage site.

If you find any bugs, please report them at the usual place and tag the edubuntu-dev team. Happy testing!

Anki - A Flashcard Learning Program

Screenshot

Anki Tutorial

One of the things we'd like to do in Edubuntu in 2012 is showcase more of the software that we ship and tell stories of people who use it.

We stumbled upon a great write-up of Anki, a flashcard reader program installed in Edubuntu and otherwise available via Ubuntu Software Center.

Here's a snippet:

"Prepping for a Linux certification exam? Helping the kids with schoolwork? No matter what the subject is, Anki can help you commit it to memory. The flexible open source study system is based around the flashcard concept, but with support for audio, video, and more, and the program can adapt to your learning style."

Read the full story by Nathan Willis on Linux.com

Edubuntu WebLive surpasses 100 000 sessions

WebLive Milestone

Yesterday, the Edubuntu WebLive service surpassed it's one hundred thousandth session. We're thrilled that so many people have taken the time to look at Edubuntu and find out just how easy open source software is and that it can be really valuable in an educational setting.

Try it out!

Haven't tried out WebLive yet? Give it a go! WebLive itself is also open source, if you'd like to deploy your own instance, you can find it hosted on Launchpad.net.

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