Welcome to the Gutsy Gibbon edition of Edubuntu, a free and open source distribution of Linux derived from the Desktop flavor of Ubuntu and designed from the ground up to be deployed on desktop and server computers of educational institutions, such as schools and universities.
Availability, supported architectures, boot options
The Edubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) operating system has been officially release by Canonical on October 18, 2007 along with other Ubuntu flavors, and supported with security patched and updates until April 18th, 2009.
It's available for download as Desktop and Server CD ISO images for both 64-bit (amd64) and 32-bit (i386) architectures. In addition, Server Add-on CDs are also provided for this edition, which include extra server oriented packages, educational programs and language packs.
The bootable mediums offer the same boot loader as the Feisty Fawn edition (Edubuntu 7.04), allowing the user to start or install the OS, start the live session in safe graphics mode, install the operating system with a driver update CD, check the CD for defects, run a system memory test, and boot an existing OS from the first disk.
Clean and traditional desktop session with a plethora of educational apps
The clean and traditional interface of Edubuntu 7.10 is powered by the GNOME 2 desktop environment, which uses a two-panel layout. While launching applications is possible from the top panel, the bottom one is mainly designed for interacting with opened programs or cycling between virtual workspaces.
The Main Menu's Educational category includes the well known KPercentage, KVocTrain, Kverbos, KBruch, KTurtle, KTouch, Kanagram, Kalzium, KEduca, KEduca-Editor, Kig, KmPlot, and KHangMan applications.
Default programs include the GIMP image editor, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Evolution email and calendar client, OpenOffice.org office suite, gThumb image viewer, Ekiga softphone, Pidgin instant messenger, Gobby colaborative editor, Totem movie player, and Rhythmbox audio player.
Overall, Edubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) is yet another great, stable and reliable release of the educational flavor of Ubuntu Linux, providing users with a powerful operating system suitable for both desktop and server use.