Ubuntu OpenWeek

Edubuntu will be participating in this week's Ubuntu OpenWeek!

We'll be hosting a half an hour slot tomorrow (Wednesday, 24 October 2012) at 17:00 UTC and will be covering the future of Edubuntu, including:

  • The plans for Edubuntu Desktop 13.04
  • The plans for Edubuntu Tablet and tablet integration
  • The plans for Edubuntu Server for 13.04 to 14.04 LTS and beyond
  • How we want to integrate all of the above in to a complete technology solution for schools within the next 2 years

There will also be a few minutes where we'll take questions. All of this is happening on #ubuntu-classroon on the freenode network. For more information, see the Ubuntu Classroom post about the current OpenWeek. The full schedule is available on the Ubuntu Wiki. See you there!

Edubuntu 12.10 Release Announcement

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Welcome to Edubuntu 12.10!

The Edubuntu development team is proud to announce the release of Edubuntu 12.10.
This release will be supported for 18 months (until April 2014).

Edubuntu 12.10 is a regular release bringing updated software and a few improvements.
For larger deployments and environments where a stable, well tested system is preferred, the Edubuntu development team strongly recommends staying on the Long Term Support releases (current release is 12.04.1).
LTSP users should also remain on Edubuntu 12.04 LTS as 12.10 is lacking Unity support for LTSP and has been reported to be much slower than 12.04.

This new release is well suited for home users and users who wish to use the latest versions of the available software. Important components (like drivers) are being backported to the 12.04 LTS release, so there is no need to upgrade for newer hardware support.

Edubuntu 12.10 is available right now to try online or download.

For information on what's new in Edubuntu 12.10, you can read the full release notes.

How to get it ?

The DVD image (also usable as a USB image) is downloadable from two locations:

Installation documentation and additional documentation can be found here.

Users of Edubuntu 12.04 can also upgrade directly to 12.10 from the update manager. As Edubuntu 12.04 was a Long Term Support release, users will need to go in the update manager settings and change the notification option from "For long-term support versions" to "For any new version", the upgrade should then show up in the interface.

There are some screenshots available on the Edubuntu website screenshots page.

As usual, if you want to try it out, but can't wait for your download to finish, try it out online on Edubuntu WebLive!

If you already have Ubuntu 12.10 or an Ubuntu based system installed, you can simply install any additional Edubuntu packages that you would like to use from the Software Center.

Known issues

  • Unity 2D is no longer available in 12.10. As a result, the Gnome Fallback session (also known as the "Ubuntu Classic") will now be made default when LTSP is selected. LTSP users who wish to continue using Unity-2D should remain on Edubuntu 12.04 LTS.
  • In some cases, the session indicator shows up empty on LTSP. This appears to be related to the video card of the thin client. The only known workaround at this stage is to call "gnome-session-quit" manually. (1028972)

Edubuntu is based on Ubuntu so most known issues from Ubuntu also affect Edubuntu, a full list of known issues can be found here.

Let us know how you're using Edubuntu

The Edubuntu website was recently redesigned and now includes a page allowing users to post their Edubuntu deployments and get information on existing deployments.
We always love to hear about how people are using Edubuntu, so once you have it installed, please let us know on the deployments page.

Further Information

Community support is available via IRC, Forums and Mailing lists.
Please refer to http://www.edubuntu.org/documentation for more information.

About Edubuntu

The Edubuntu project aims to maintain high quality educational and related packages in Ubuntu.
Additionally, we also produce the Edubuntu DVD, which aims to be an easy to use Ubuntu system designed for home and classroom use.

For more information, see: About Edubuntu

Edubuntu 12.04.1 Release Announcement

Edubuntu Long-Term Support

Earlier this year, the Edubuntu project released its very first Long Term Support (LTS) version. Edubuntu 12.04 LTS will receive security updates and critical updates for 5 years.

So far Edubuntu 12.04 LTS has received great reviews and we believe it's the best Edubuntu release to date, not just in terms of the product that's been released, but also project-wise.

Here are some of the things people have been saying about Edubuntu 12.04 so far:

  • "The truth is, you wont know how great Edubuntu is until you try it." - peeweepc.com
  • "All in all Edubuntu 12.04 is an excellent release in every respect and carries the contribution of FOSS to the World and Humanity in the field of Education further." muktware.com
  • "Edubuntu is quite simply the best and the most popular education-oriented Linux distribution around. " - techsource
  • "While the system isn't perfect, Edubuntu is ready for what it promises. Even though it lacks organization and description of programs, the distribution is an almost complete tool for education."
  • - guiadopc.com (Quote translated from Greek)

Edubuntu's First LTS Point Release

The Edubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Edubuntu 12.04.1. This marks the first LTS point release for this LTS lifecycle. The point release includes all the bug fixes and improvements that have been applied to Edubuntu 12.04 LTS since it has been released. It also includes updated hardware support and installer fixes. If you have an Edubuntu 12.04 LTS system and have applied all the available updates, then your system will already be on 12.04.1 LTS and there is no need to re-install. For new installations, installing from the updated media is recommended since it will be installable on more systems than before and will require drastically less updates than installing from the original 12.04 LTS media.

  • Information on where to download the Edubuntu 12.04.1 LTS media is available from the Downloads page.
  • We do not ship free Edubuntu discs at this time, however, there are 3rd party distributors available who ship discs at reasonable prices listed on the Edubuntu Martketplace

Although Edubuntu 10.04 systems will ask for upgrade to 12.04.1, it's not an officialy supported upgrade path. Testing however indicated that this usually works if you're ready to make some minor adjustments afterwards.

To ensure that the Edubuntu 12.04 LTS series will continue to work on the latest hardware as well as keeping quality high right out of the box, we will release another 3 point releases before the next long term support release is made available in 2014. More information is available on the release schedule page on the Ubuntu wiki.

The release notes are available from the Ubuntu Wiki.

Thanks for your support and interest in Edubuntu!

Deployments Page

New Website

We have a new Edubuntu website!

It might not look like much yet, but we've blown off some dust and did a good spring cleaning. The site now runs on Drupal 7 and all the plugins have been updated to the latest versions.

We've also replaced our old commercial theme that didn't support Drupal 7 by our own homemade one based on the default Drupal theme.

Edubuntu Deployments Page

We're planning a bunch of really nice things for the new site. The first is the deployments page which we're introducing today!

We receive on average 2 queries a week via the Edubuntu contact page asking us who uses Edubuntu and where it's deployed, so we thought it'd be a good idea to make it easy for people to report their deployments and let other see where Edubuntu has been installed.

We're very excited by it and would be thrilled if you could add your deployment there as well!

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