Edubuntu

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Edubuntu
Edubuntu 12.04.jpg
Edubuntu 12.04 running Unity
Developer Canonical Ltd. and community contributors
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release 2005; 13 years ago (2005)
Latest release 14.04.5 LTS (Trusty Tahr) / 4 August 2016; 2 years ago (2016-08-04)
Kernel type Monolithic Linux kernel
Default user interface GNOME
License Mainly GPL and various others (free with some restricted components)
Official website www.edubuntu.org

Edubuntu, previously known as Ubuntu Education Edition, is an official derivative of the Ubuntu operating system designed for use in classrooms inside schools, homes and communities.

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.

Features[edit]

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) it is only available as a download in a DVD format.

Edubuntu's default GUI is Unity while GNOME is still available.[1] 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,[2] but this was not done as it would not have fitted on a CD.[3]

Project goals[edit]

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."[4]

It also aims to allow low income environments to maximize utilisation of their available (older) equipment.

Versions[edit]

Edubuntu 7.04 package

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[5] 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.[6] Edubuntu is also installable[7] via a selection of "edubuntu" packages for all distributions using the official Ubuntu repositories (Ubuntu and Kubuntu mainly).

Since 14.04, Edubuntu has become LTS-only;[8] Edubuntu have announced that they will skip the 16.04 LTS update, and that they plan on staying with 14.04 due to lack of contributors. [9] [10]

Release Codename Release date End-of-life date
5.10[11] Breezy Badger 13 October 2005 13 April 2007
6.06 LTS[12] Dapper Drake 1 June 2006 14 July 2009
6.10[13] Edgy Eft 26 October 2006 25 April 2008
7.04[14][15] Feisty Fawn 19 April 2007 19 October 2008
7.10[16][17] Gutsy Gibbon 18 October 2007 18 April 2009
8.04 LTS[18][19] Hardy Heron 24 April 2008 12 May 2011
8.10[20] Intrepid Ibex 30 October 2008 30 April 2010
9.04[21] Jaunty Jackalope 23 April 2009 23 October 2010
9.10[22][23] Karmic Koala 29 October 2009 29 April 2011
10.04 LTS[24][25] Lucid Lynx 29 April 2010 9 May 2013
10.10[26][27] Maverick Meerkat 10 October 2010 10 April 2012
11.04[28][29] Natty Narwhal 28 April 2011 28 October 2012
11.10[30][31] Oneiric Ocelot 13 October 2011 9 May 2013
12.04 LTS[32][33] Precise Pangolin 26 April 2012 28 April 2017
12.10[34][35][36] Quental Quetzal 18 October 2012 16 May 2014
13.04[37][38] Raring Ringtail 25 April 2013 27 January 2014
13.10[39][40] Saucy Salamander 17 October 2013 17 July 2014
14.04 LTS[41][42][43] Trusty Tahr 17 April 2014 17 April 2019
Legend:
Old version
Older version, still supported
Latest version
Latest preview version
Future release

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edubuntu 11.10 Release Announcement". Retrieved 17 Feb 2012. 
  2. ^ "Qimo 2.0 is now available". Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  3. ^ "What's been happening with Edubuntu". Retrieved 2017-07-02. 
  4. ^ "About Edubuntu". Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ubuntu Education Edition 8.04 Released". Retrieved 2008-04-24. 
  6. ^ "Edubuntu 9.10 Release Announcement". Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  7. ^ "Edubuntu Packages Downloads". Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  8. ^ https://www.mail-archive.com/ubuntu-release@lists.ubuntu.com/msg02686.html
  9. ^ http://liliputing.com/2016/03/edubuntu-linux-will-skip-ubuntu-16-04-lts-release.html
  10. ^ https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2016-March/039281.html
  11. ^ Education through Edubuntu | Tux Machines
  12. ^ Distribution Release: Edubuntu 6.06 LTS (DistroWatch.com News)
  13. ^ Distribution Release: Edubuntu 6.10 (DistroWatch.com News)
  14. ^ Edubuntu 7.04 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  15. ^ Distribution Release: Edubuntu 7.04 (DistroWatch.com News)
  16. ^ Edubuntu 7.10 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  17. ^ Distribution Release: Edubuntu 7.10 (DistroWatch.com News)
  18. ^ Edubuntu 8.04 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  19. ^ What Edubuntu can teach your kids | Linux.com | The source of Linux information
  20. ^ Edubuntu 8.10 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  21. ^ Edubuntu 9.04 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  22. ^ Edubuntu 9.10 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  23. ^ Distribution Release: Edubuntu 9.10 (DistroWatch.com News)
  24. ^ Edubuntu 10.04 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  25. ^ Distribution Release: Edubuntu 10.04 (DistroWatch.com News)
  26. ^ Edubuntu 10.10 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  27. ^ Distribution Release: Edubuntu 10.10 (DistroWatch.com News)
  28. ^ Edubuntu 11.04 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  29. ^ Distribution Release: Edubuntu 11.04 (DistroWatch.com News)
  30. ^ Edubuntu 11.10 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  31. ^ Distribution Release: Edubuntu 11.10 (DistroWatch.com News)
  32. ^ Edubuntu 12.04 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  33. ^ Distribution Release: Edubuntu 12.04 (DistroWatch.com News)
  34. ^ Edubuntu 12.10 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  35. ^ Distribution Release: Edubuntu 12.10 (DistroWatch.com News)
  36. ^ Make your PC kid-friendly with four custom operating systems | PCWorld
  37. ^ Edubuntu 13.04 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  38. ^ Distribution Release: Edubuntu 13.04 (DistroWatch.com News)
  39. ^ Edubuntu 13.10 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  40. ^ Distribution Release: Edubuntu 13.10 (DistroWatch.com News)
  41. ^ Edubuntu 14.04 Release Announcement | Edubuntu
  42. ^ Distribution Release: Edubuntu 14.04 (DistroWatch.com News)
  43. ^ Download Edubuntu 14.04.5 LTS, Softpedia News

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