Edubuntu 8.04 Release Announcement

The Education team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu Education Edition 8.04 (Hardy Heron).

This release includes both Edubuntu for the Desktop as well as Edubuntu Classroom Server for a thin client network environment.

About Ubuntu Education Edition

The 8.04 release brings a restructuring of Edubuntu as the Ubuntu Education Edition. The education desktop and application bundle now installs as an add-on to a standard Ubuntu desktop.

Once the user has completed the standard Ubuntu install, they can then use the Ubuntu Education Edition CD to either:

  1. install the full Edubuntu education environment and desktop as a single process, or
  2. select individual Education applications from the Edubuntu bundle for installation into their Ubuntu desktop environment direct from CD

About Edubuntu

Edubuntu is the education-focused environment for Ubuntu, installing as a fast and easy add-on an Ubuntu desktop. Based on Ubuntu, it offers regular releases, a simple and intuitive desktop and a tight selection of excellent packages suited for an education environment. The default install bundle includes education and productivity applications, and incredible variety of packages is available with a few clicks from a global network of mirrors.

Edubuntu now comes with the fully integrated iTalc classroom management software allowing for teacher sharing, monitoring and control of networked workstations and thin clients.

Professional commercial technical support from is available from Canonical Ltd Ubuntu Paid Support and hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information about support, visit Ubuntu Support

The base Ubuntu 8.04 is a Long Term Support release and will be supported for 36 months on both desktops and servers through our managed software repositories. The desktop package manager notifier checks automatically for security and maintenance updates / patches and prompts from the tool bar for simple selection and installation.

The Edubuntu 8.04 add-on desktop and application bundle will be supported for 18 months on both desktops and servers through our managed software repositories.

Get Ubuntu Education Edition

Download Ubuntu Education Edition 8.04 here:

We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document caveats and workarounds for known issues. They are available at:

Find out what is new in this release with a graphical tour:

Helping shape Ubuntu Education Education

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu or the Edubuntu desktop, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at:

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but aren't sure, try asking on the #edubuntu channel on, on the Edubuntu Users or Edubuntu Developers mailing list, or on the Ubuntu forums:

More Information

You can find out more about Edubuntu and about this release on our website: