Edubuntu 12.04 running Unity
|Developer||Canonical Ltd. and community contributors|
|Source model||Open source|
|Latest release||14.04.4 LTS (Trusty Tahr) / 18 February 2016|
|Kernel type||Monolithic Linux kernel|
|Default user interface||GNOME|
|License||Mainly GPL and various others (free with some restricted components)|
Edubuntu has been developed in collaboration with teachers and technologists in several countries. Edubuntu is built on top of the Ubuntu base, incorporates the LTSP thin client architecture and several education-specific applications, and is aimed at users aged 6 to 18. It is designed for easy installation and ongoing system maintenance.
Included with Edubuntu is the Linux Terminal Server Project and many applications relevant to education including GCompris, KDE Edutainment Suite, Sabayon Profile Manager, Pessulus Lockdown Editor, Edubuntu Menueditor, LibreOffice, Gnome Nanny and iTalc. Edubuntu CDs were previously available free of charge through their Shipit service; since version 8.10 (2008)[update] it is only available as a download in a DVD format.
Edubuntu's default GUI is Unity while GNOME is still available. Unity has been the default GUI since the release of 12.04. Since release 7.10, KDE is also available as Edubuntu KDE. In 2010 Edubuntu and the Qimo 4 Kids project were working on providing Qimo within Edubuntu, but this was not done as it would not have fitted on a CD.
The primary goal of Edubuntu is to enable an educator with limited technical knowledge and skills to set up a computer lab or an on-line learning environment in an hour or less and then effectively administer that environment.
The principal design goals of Edubuntu are centralized management of configuration, users and processes, together with facilities for working collaboratively in a classroom setting. Equally important is the gathering together of the best available free software and digital materials for education. According to a statement of goals on the official Edubuntu Website: "Our aim is to put together a system that contains all the best free software available in education and make it easy to install and maintain."
It also aims to allow low income environments to maximize utilisation of their available (older) equipment.
The first Edubuntu release coincided with the release of Ubuntu 5.10, which was codenamed Breezy Badger on 2005-10-13. With the 8.04 Hardy Heron release of Edubuntu it was given the name of Ubuntu Education Edition and was changed to be an add-on to a standard Ubuntu installation instead of being an installable LiveCD. From version 9.10 onwards, Edubuntu changed to be available as a full system DVD instead of an Add-on CD. Edubuntu is also installable via a selection of "edubuntu" packages for all distributions using the official Ubuntu repositories (Ubuntu and Kubuntu mainly).
- List of Ubuntu-based distributions
- UberStudent Linux based on LTS versions of Xubuntu
- Skolelinux based on Debian
- EduLinux based on Fedora
- Sugar-on-a-Stick educational Linux distribution based on Fedora
- "Edubuntu 11.10 Release Announcement". Retrieved 17 Feb 2012.
- "Qimo 2.0 is now available". Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
- "What's been happening with Edubuntu". Archived from the original on 4 March 2014.
- "About Edubuntu". Retrieved 16 June 2011.
- "Ubuntu Education Edition 8.04 Released". Retrieved 2008-04-24.
- "Edubuntu 9.10 Release Announcement". Retrieved 2009-10-29.
- "Edubuntu Packages Downloads". Retrieved 2010-09-18.