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 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:


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.


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?

Maverick Beta Released

The Edubuntu Team is proud to announce the beta release of Edubuntu 10.10, codenamed the Maverick Meerkat. Edubuntu 10.10 builds on the Ubuntu tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.


Latest Development Release

This is a development snapshot of the Edubuntu 10.10 release that is scheduled for the 10th of October 2010, or 10/10/10. The beta is not intended for production or general-purpose use, but is available as a preview of what to expect in the final release.

Latest Updates

Software updates include the new Gnome 2.31, a much speedier Evolution 2.30.2, the awesome and fast Shotwell photo manager application, a faster and smoother boot experience and Ubuntu One has received a whole lot of polish. For more information on common improvements Edubuntu shares with Ubuntu, please visit the Ubuntu Maverick Beta release notes.

Edubuntu now includes Gnome Nanny, which is parental control software written for the Gnome Desktop Environment. Since our last development release, we're also including a new and fun Periodic Table Breakout wallpaper, which the author specifically relicensed so that we could use it! The OEM installer mode is also now available in Edubuntu, which has been unavailable in previous releases.

Available for download

The Beta release is available for download immediately on the Ubuntu CD image server for 32bit and 64bit platforms.

See Also

Free High School Science Texts

Mark Horner from the Shuttleworth Foundation posted a blog entry about how you can do your part in making free high school science texts available. The books are already available for download and needs a final review before it's first publish.

The books cover Grade 10-12 Mathematics and Science. When the reviewing process is complete, it will be submitted to the Department of Education in South Africa for acceptance and distribution in the country.

This could be a huge milestone for free content in education. In Edubuntu, these texts will also be packaged and available from within the Edubuntu system in a future version.

Edubuntu Meeting Times

A reminder of Edubuntu meeting times!

Edubuntu has community meetings every Wednesday at 19:00 UTC. Visit our meeting wiki page if you'd like to add an agenda item, or for more details.

Edubuntu Website Relaunch

Out with the old, in with the new! Welcome to the freshly updated Edubuntu website. We aim to bring more fresh news and information as frequently as possible. Please stay tuned for more exciting news!

If you find anything missing, please Contact us.


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