Welcome to the Feisty Fawn edition of Edubuntu, an open source and freely distributed OS from the well known Ubuntu family of operating systems, but oriented towards educational institutions, such as universities and schools (both primary and secondary).
Availability, boot options and supported platforms
The Edubuntu 7.04 release is dubbed by Canonical Feisty Fawn and was officially introduced back in April 19, 2007 along with the Ubuntu 7.04 operating system. It was supported with security patches and selected updates until October 19, 2008.
It's available for download as two Desktop CD ISO images that are suitable for installation on desktop computers or laptops, as well as Server and Server Add-on CD ISO images designed for server machines. Supported architectures include only 64-bit and 32-bit.
The boot prompt is identical with the one found on previous Edubuntu releases (6.10 and 6.06 LTS), except for the fact that it now allows the user to install the operating system with a driver update CD. Other options include the ability to start or install the OS, boot the live environment in safe graphics mode, run a RAM test, check the CD media for defects and boot an existing OS from the first disk.
A classic desktop environment with two-panel layout and lots of educational apps
This Edubuntu edition still uses the GNOME 2 desktop environment, which provides users with a traditional and clean interface that uses a two-panel layout. The top panel incorporates the main menu from where users can open applications, and the bottom panel is designed for interaction with opened programs.
Educational apps include the GCompris educational software suite, Kalzium, KTurtle, Kanagram, KTouch, KVocTrain, Kverbos, KBruch, KEduca, KEduca-Editor, KHangMan, Kig, KPercentage, KmPlot, Dia, GNU Paint and OpenOffice.org office suite.
Among other pre-installed apps, we can mention the Mozilla Firefox web browser, Ekiga softphone, Evolution email and calendar client, Serpentine Audio-CD creator, Rhythmbox music player, Totem video player, Gaim instant messenger, GIMP image editor, Kino video editor, and gThumb image viewer.
All in all, Edubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) proves to be a stable, reliable and great operating system for educational institutions, engineered to be installed on both desktop and server machines.