5.10 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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A flavor of the Ubuntu Linux operating system suitable for classroom use, using the GNOME desktop environment

editor's review




Welcome to the Breezy Badger edition of Edubuntu, an open source operating system derived from the Desktop release of the Ubuntu Linux distribution and oriented towards educational insititutions, such as schools and universities.

Availability, boot options, supported architectures

Edubuntu 5.10 is distributed as 32-bit and 64-bit DVD-size ISO images, which means that the user must burn them on blank DVD discs or deploy them to USB flash drives of 4GB or higher capacity. They are installable-only bootable mediums, allowing anyone to install the operating system.

From the boot prompt, it is possible to install the distribution with default settings on most desktop and laptop systems, as well as to install only the base system, simply by typing the 'server' word and hitting Enter.

Text-mode installation that is not for everyone

The installation is text-based and will require users to choose a language and location, select a keyboard layout, set up the network interfaces, partition the disk drive, create a user, install the boot loader, etc.

Great and classic desktop environment for classroom use

This Edubuntu edition uses the GNOME Classic session as its default desktop environment, which offers traditional layout comprised of two panels, a top one for accessing the main menu and launch your favorite apps, as well as a bottom one for interacting with opened programs and cycling between virtual workspaces

Default applications include the Nautilus file manager, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Evolution email and calendar client, as well as a nice selection of educational programs oriented towards the scientific, mathematical, and technology side.

Bottom line

All in all, the 5.10 (dubbed Breezy Badger) edition of Edubuntu that is built on top of a stable and reliable Ubuntu base, incorporating the LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project) thin client architecture. It has been supported by Canonical from October 12, 2005 until April 13, 2007.

Edubuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 15th, 2014
Edubuntu - The default desktop environment of the Edubuntu 5.10 operating system

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