Welcome to the second LTS (Long Term Support) release of the Edubuntu Linux operating system, which, for an unknown reason, has been designed from the ground up to be installed on top of an Ubuntu desktop system.
Availability and supported architectures
Edubuntu 8.04 LTS is dubbed Hardy Heron and was officially released in April 24, 2008 along with other Ubuntu flavors. Even if it was an LTS version, Canonical offered only one maintenance update for Edubuntu, in July 3, 2008.
This edition of Edubuntu is only available for download as Add-On CDs to the Desktop CD images of the Ubuntu Linux operating system. They contains additional educational programs and are engineered to be installed on 64-bit (amd64) or 32-bit (i386) hardware platforms.
Educational apps on top of a standard Ubuntu desktop
As mentioned, Edubuntu 8.04 is not a standalone operating system, as it can only be installed on top of an existing Ubuntu 8.04 desktop installation. In addition, the user should be aware of the version number of the LTS releases when installing this add-on CD, as Edubuntu 8.04.1 only works with Ubuntu 8.04.1.
The installation takes place in the graphical environment via the Add/Remove Applications program, allowing the user to choose which educational programs to install. After installation, an Educational category will be added to the standard Ubuntu installation.
It will add the GCompris educational software suite, as well as the Tux Paint, KPercentage, KTouch, KTurtle, KWordQuiz, KBruch, KEduca, Kalzium, Kverbos, KVocTrain, KStars, KmPlot, Kig, KHangMan, and Kanagram applications. Also, the entire artwork will be changed to the Edubuntu edition.
In conclusion, we believe that Canonical made a bad move with the Hardy Heron edition of Edubuntu, releasing it only as an add-on CD that can be installed on top of a standard desktop installation of Ubuntu Linux.