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.
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.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor on May 15th, 2014
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