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.

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