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.

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?

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