Schooltool will be in Ubuntu Archives for 11.04

What is Schooltool?

From the SchoolTool website:

SchoolTool is a suite of free administrative software for schools. Since it can be installed easily and used with no licensing fees, SchoolTool can be used by schools for a single purpose, by individual teachers or small teams within schools, or as a whole-school comprehensive student information system, encompassing demographics, gradebooks, attendance, calendars and reporting.

Schooltool and Edubuntu

In 2005 when Edubuntu was first released, it shipped with Schooltool installed by default. For a few releases, Schooltool wasn't available in the Ubuntu archives due to many of its dependencies being unavailable.

A collaborative effort that spans the SchoolTool itself, Zope maintainers, Ubuntu MOTU, Edubuntu and Ubuntu-NGO over the last 2 releases paid off and now Schooltool is back in the Ubuntu archives. Users who are testing the upcoming 11.04 release will already be able to install it.

SchoolTool won't be installed in Edubuntu by default, but it will be just a few clicks away via the Ubuntu Software Center.

For more information about SchoolTool, please refer to the SchoolTool website:
http://schooltool.org/

Edubuntu WebLive Hits 15 000 Sessions

WebLive Progress

In October 2010 we launched a new Edubuntu service called WebLive. This allowed users to connect to an Edubuntu session with nothing more than a java-enabled web browser for up to 2 hours. Users are allowed to renew their session and get another 2 hours if they would like to try it out further.

Since then, it's been extended to not only support the current Edubuntu stable release, but also the development version of Edubuntu and Ubuntu with the top rated applications from the Ubuntu Software Center pre-installed.

This provides potential users a great opportunity to try out Edubuntu and see what great software is available in Ubuntu- before they even download it.

Last week Stéphane announced a public API for WebLive that will result in some other nice things. In particular, we'll be working on some Chromium/Firefox plugins for the service.

Service Usage

Today, we hit 15 000 sessions since we started logging the amount of sessions in November. We've had great feedback so far and would appreciate some more.

We also had one user who has been logging into the WebLive service almost every day since we've made it available! We don't collect e-mail addresses and don't log anything else than username and when the person has logged on, so if that person would like to give us some feedback we'd love to talk to you!

Give it a Try!

For performance reasons, and because of limited server availability, we only allow 10 simultaneous connections. If the server is currently full, then please try again later.

Try Now!

Edubuntu 11.04 Alpha 3 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 in full swing and today marks the third tested installable development version. It is still in an early state and has known problems, it is not recommended for anything else than testing and experimental purposes for people who are interested in Edubuntu development.

Download

The DVD ISO image is available for download from:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/natty/alpha-3/

Release Notes

What's New in this Alpha?

  • The Edubuntu installer now has an additional installation step that allows users much better control over which packages are installed on the final system.
  • QCad is now replaced by LibreCAD.
  • Too many bug fixes too mention.

Known Issues:

  • When installing LTSP, you have to link the old CDROM path to the new one before commencing installation. You can do this by typing "sudo ln -s /cdrom /media/cdrom" from the command line. (LP: #727783)
  • On 64bit systems, you may have two of the same icons in the system notification area. (LP: 727811)
  • Notifications that a software volume has been detected will often pop up. It's safe to just close these notifications when they do. (LP: 727817)
  • The trash applet will sometimes crash on login. (LP: 727844)

For more information on this Alpha release, including non-Edubuntu specific bugs and features, please refer to the Natty Narwhal Technical Overview wiki page. We strongly recommend reading this, since there are may be bugs that may result in data loss under certain circumstances.

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

Bug Day

Interested in getting involved with Edubuntu? We're having a bug day on 10 March to iron out some problems in Natty before the final freezes are in effect. More details here:
http://edubuntu.org/2011-02-23/edubuntu-bug-day-10-march

Edubuntu Bug Day - 10 March

Small Bugs are Important Too

Bugs may sound cute and harmless, but often even small software bugs can have a huge impact on the overall user experience.

The current development version of Edubuntu, codenamed "Natty Narwhal" which will in time become Edubuntu 11.04 is shaping up quite well. However, quite often attention is focussed on the big issues and sometimes the smaller problems just don't get the attention they also deserve, which results in feedback like "Hey! Why didn't you fix this, it would've only taken you 15 minutes!".

So, to give special love and attention to all Edubuntu bugs, we're declaring 10 March an Edubuntu Bug day!

The Details

The bug day will last all day on 10 March 2011 in collaboration with the Ubuntu Bugsquad team on the #ubuntu-bugs IRC channel on freenode.

The plan is to take a look at all related open bugs, do as much triaging and fixing as possible and then put together a report at the end of the day and identify and prioritise remaining issues targeted for the final release.

If you're new to bug squashing (or even scared of them) we still encourage you to drop by on IRC and say hi! You're even welcome to join as and nag us about your favourite bugs.

More information:

Bugsquad Hugday page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay
Edubuntu Roadmap: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Edubuntu/Devel/RoadMap
Natty Release Schedule: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/NattyReleaseSchedule
List of bugs we follow in Edubuntu: https://bugs.launchpad.net/~edubuntu-bugs/+packagebugs (will be updated before bug day)

Edubuntu 11.04 Alpha 2 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 in full swing and today marks the second tested installable development version. It is still in a very early state and has known problems, it is not recommended for anything else than testing and experimental purposes for people who are interested in Edubuntu development.

Download

The DVD ISO image is available for download from:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/natty/alpha-2/

Release Notes

What's New in this Alpha?

  • The Gartoon icon theme has been replaced by the much improved Gartoon Redux icon theme
  • A selection of fonts have been added via the edubuntu-fonts meta-package
  • Live environments now have a live welcome greeter
  • Edubuntu now has a text Plymouth theme that displays "Edubuntu" instead of "Ubuntu" with Edubuntu colours
  • Yorick and Lightspeed has been added to tertiary selection
  • Lightspeed has been added to the secondary selection meta-package
  • Arkose, Tuxguitar, Opendict and Grokking the Gimp has been added to the desktop meta-package
  • Stellarium replaces Kstars
  • Geogebra replaces Kalgebra
  • The iTalc link has been removed from the Live system since iTalc does not work on Live systems
  • Menu cleanup has begun, some entries have better descriptions and icons now

Known Issues:

  • AMD64 is uninstallable out of the box due to a bug in Webkit, please remove the ubiquity-slideshow-edubuntu package before starting the installation process. (LP: 710582)
  • The Edubuntu live welcome greeter currently crashes on AMD64 due to a Webkit bug present on this platform. (LP: 710582)
  • iTalc crashes soon after startup on live sessions (LP: #438637)
  • Certain Edubuntu packages are removed when they shouldn't be (LP: #711904)
  • Update manager prompts for file changes on unchanged sudoers file (LP: #711918)
  • LTSP won't work due to a nbd-client issue and a gnome-session issue. A workaround exists by removing /opt/ltsp//usr/share/ldm/rc.d/I01-nbd-update from the chroot and running "sudo ltsp-update-image". Once that's done, make sure to always select "Classic Desktop" as session type or login will fail. (LP: #711951)
  • 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.
  • The Installer slideshow still shows that Edubuntu 10.10 is being installed, this has no impact on the installed system and the slideshow will be updated for the next alpha release
  • Edubuntu is currently reviewing package selections, some packages installed in this release will not be in the final release.

For more information on this Alpha release, including non-Edubuntu specific bugs and features, please refer to the Natty Narwhal Technical Overview wiki page. We strongly recommend reading this, since there are bugs that will result in data loss under certain circumstances.

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

Edubuntu on YouTube

Edubuntu on YouTube

Last year Edubuntu jumped on the bandwagon and signed up for a channel on YouTube. We found some Edubuntu related videos and added them as favourites. Favourite videos appears in our profile so that anyone who visits our profile page will see them.

We thought it might be a good idea to round up some videos in a blog entry for people who don't actively follow YouTube. More importantly, if you know of some videos who should add as favourites on our channel, please point them out!

The Videos

Screencasts:

Bernadette Rego has a series of video FOSS4Educators tutorials that cover applications in Edubuntu. Sound quality could be better but otherwise her screencasts are great, here are some of them:

People who use Edubuntu:

Conference

The OpenSourceSchools channel is part of the UK BECTA initiative designed to promote the use of Open Source Software in the UK. Here are some videos that was uploaded from BETT that is relevant to Ubuntu/Edubuntu and the software we ship:

We love videos

We welcome your video contributions! If you'd like to create any Edubuntu videos, whether they are screencasts, documentation, demos, general discussion, talks or reviews then we'll be happy to feature it on our channel. Simple add the Edubuntu Project user as a friend and send a message!

Edubuntu 11.04 Wallpaper Submissions

Wallpaper Required for Edubuntu 11.04

The Ubuntu Artwork team has been going through a revival over the last few months, which is great, they now offer services to other Ubuntu teams in a structured way.

We took them up on their offer and requested a wallpaper for the next release that we can also use to base the rest of the artwork on.

Current Submissions

Some people have already put in a lot of work in to their submissions, but we'd like to see more ideas.

In particular, we'd like to avoid having the Edubuntu logo on the wallpaper, we have enough Edubuntu logos scattered around already. We'd also like to avoid text. It's hard to scale properly across different screen sizes and wallpapers aren't very easy to translate. If you've been involved with education for a while, you'll also be sick of clichés like apples on text books, chalkboards and world maps. Having said that, many brilliant people have managed to take an old idea and turn it into something brilliant, so it's certainly not a hard restriction, but original ideas certainly get preference!

Do you have what it takes to create a great default wallpaper? Then join the artwork team and show the world what you're made of!

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.

Edubuntu 10.10 Release Announcement

Welcome to Edubuntu 10.10

The Edubuntu team is proud to announce the release of the latest version, Edubuntu 10.10, codenamed "Maverick Meerkat" which is now available for download.

The Edubuntu project is a group of people that aims to deliver the best of educational free software in an easily installable medium. We are part of the larger Ubuntu community and our main body of work is the Edubuntu installation disc, which installs Ubuntu along with educational tools and packages available in the Ubuntu software archives. We aim to make Ubuntu, the popular Linux-based operating system, a great choice for the computing needs of children, students, parents, teachers and schools, bringing many of the best educational open-source applications and tools to the Ubuntu operating system.

What's new?

  • With version 10.10, Edubuntu builds on the work done in the previous version. Changes that occurred in Ubuntu 10.10 are also reflected in Edubuntu.
  • LTSP installation as well as the Netbook interface are now installable directly from the installer, allowing a much more intuitive installation process.
  • Unity now replaces the Ubuntu Netbook Launcher as the netbook interface, it is designed from the ground up to provide a superior user experience for smaller displays.
  • Edubuntu Menu Editor has undergone bug fixing and now has documentation available.
  • Gnome Nanny provides teachers and parents with a method of controlling how kids use a computer. It also includes basic content filtering.
  • New wallpapers are included from various artwork communities.
  • Language support has been expanded, allowing you to use Edubuntu in more than 142 languages.

How to get it

You can install Edubuntu from flash disk or DVD installation media.

If you already have an Ubuntu or derivative system installed, you can simply install any additional Edubuntu packages that you would like to use.

Visit our Downloads page for more information. Installation instructions is available from the Documentation page.

Further Information

Please refer to the Ubuntu 10.10 Release Notes which contains more useful information that is published with the release, including upgrade instructions, known issues and workarounds if required.

If you have visited our website since the last release, you will notice that we're sporting a brand new website. We plan to expand it by including stories about people who use Ubuntu in schools. If you'd like to share your stories, photos or videos, please get in touch, we'd love to share it with the world.

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

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