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Edubuntu 11.04 Alpha 1 Released

New Development Release

Edubuntu 11.04 (codenamed: Natty Narwhal) is the next version of Edubuntu due for release in April 2011. Development on the system is already in full swing and today marks the first tested installable development version. It's in a very early state and has some serious known problems, so it is not recommended for anything else than testing purposes.

Download

The DVD ISO image is available for download from:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/natty/alpha-1/

Release Notes

  • Edubuntu is currently reviewing package selections, some packages installed in this release will not be in the final release.
  • The installer slideshow isn't available in this alpha, but will be available in daily builds again soon. The installer works despite looking quite dull, you won't get a progress bar either.
  • In some cases, the installer icon won't display on the live session desktop. To install click on System -> Administration -> Install Edubuntu 11.04
  • The Unity session in Edubuntu is still work in progress, it's recommended to test using the Ubuntu Classic Desktop from the login screen instead.

For more information on this Alpha release, please refer to the Natty Narwhal Technical Overview wiki page.

Edubuntu follows the Ubuntu release schedule, for more information on the roadmap to release, please refer to the Release Schedule.

Edubuntu WebLive

Since the Edubuntu 9.10 release, Edubuntu has been available on a DVD that also features a complete Live environment. This allows users to start up an Edubuntu session and try out some of its features before installing.

We now have a new way for users to try out Edubuntu, straight from the Internet and it's called Edubuntu WebLive.

Yesterday, Stéphane announced it on his blog and we already had over 200 users signing up and trying it out already.

It doesn't provide all the features that a Live disc does. For example, you don't have administrator access so you won't be able to use tools that are at the heart of Edubuntu's feature list such as Gnome Nanny or Pessulus.

One of the planned features is to have development daily builds on the application server where it is currently hosted. This will allow users to try out and do some testing on the development version of Edubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) without even having to download it. While it won't be a complete substitute for our usual testing, it would certainly be useful for people working on documentation or testing whether application bugs are present.

An Edubuntu WebLive session may exist for up to 2 hours, after then it will be destroyed. You're welcome to sign up again after that if you'd like to use it again though! We also currently limit it to 10 users at a time, but if the server is busy, please try again a few minutes later.

Release candidate of Edubuntu 10.10 is out !

The Edubuntu team is proud to announce that the release candidate of Edubuntu 10.10 (the Maverick Meerkat) is now out and available for general testing.

It can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/10.10/rc/

Meerkats

This release candidate will be feature-identical to the final Edubuntu 10.10 including:

  • Updated artwork: tweaked desktop font and icon theme, window border and installer slideshow.
  • Additional wallpapers
  • Improved installer making LTSP and Unity extremely easy to install (see blog post)
  • New softwares (gnome-nanny)
  • Updated website (if you didn't notice)
  • And the usual set of updates and bugfixes.

Jonathan blogged about all the new stuff we have for 10.10.

Should you find any bug, please report them.

Enjoy!

Growing list of schools using Ubuntu

Recently, Belinda Lopez started to maintain a list of deployments where Ubuntu/Edubuntu is used in education on the Ubuntu wiki. She reports that the list is already quickly growing.

Are you using Ubuntu in your institution? Have you added it to the list yet?

Maverick Beta Released

The Edubuntu Team is proud to announce the beta release of Edubuntu 10.10, codenamed the Maverick Meerkat. Edubuntu 10.10 builds on the Ubuntu tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

Meerkats

Latest Development Release

This is a development snapshot of the Edubuntu 10.10 release that is scheduled for the 10th of October 2010, or 10/10/10. The beta is not intended for production or general-purpose use, but is available as a preview of what to expect in the final release.

Latest Updates

Software updates include the new Gnome 2.31, a much speedier Evolution 2.30.2, the awesome and fast Shotwell photo manager application, a faster and smoother boot experience and Ubuntu One has received a whole lot of polish. For more information on common improvements Edubuntu shares with Ubuntu, please visit the Ubuntu Maverick Beta release notes.

Edubuntu now includes Gnome Nanny, which is parental control software written for the Gnome Desktop Environment. Since our last development release, we're also including a new and fun Periodic Table Breakout wallpaper, which the author specifically relicensed so that we could use it! The OEM installer mode is also now available in Edubuntu, which has been unavailable in previous releases.

Available for download

The Beta release is available for download immediately on the Ubuntu CD image server for 32bit and 64bit platforms.

See Also

Free High School Science Texts

Mark Horner from the Shuttleworth Foundation posted a blog entry about how you can do your part in making free high school science texts available. The books are already available for download and needs a final review before it's first publish.

The books cover Grade 10-12 Mathematics and Science. When the reviewing process is complete, it will be submitted to the Department of Education in South Africa for acceptance and distribution in the country.

This could be a huge milestone for free content in education. In Edubuntu, these texts will also be packaged and available from within the Edubuntu system in a future version.

Edubuntu Meeting Times

A reminder of Edubuntu meeting times!

Edubuntu has community meetings every Wednesday at 19:00 UTC. Visit our meeting wiki page if you'd like to add an agenda item, or for more details.

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