8.10 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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An add-on CD with educational applications, designed to be used on top of a standard Ubuntu installation

editor's review




Once again, Canonical released the educational flavor of the Ubuntu Linux distribution as an add-on CD designed to turn a standard Ubuntu desktop installation into an open source and free operating system suitable for classroom use.

Availability and supported platforms

The Edubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) release is identical with the previous release, Edubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron), providing users with add-on CD ISO images and not a standalone operating system for educational purposed.

This means that in order to install this educational OS on a desktop computer or laptop, the user will first need to install the standard Ubuntu 8.10 desktop operating system, burn the Edubuntu add-on CD onto a blank disc and install the Edubuntu Desktop package.

Edubuntu as an Ubuntu add-on

The Edubuntu Add-on CD will transform the standard Ubuntu desktop installation into an educational operating system by adding an extra layer of applications, as well as specific artwork (including the boot splash, login screen and desktop environment).

Just like in Edubuntu 8.04 LTS, the installation of Edubuntu Desktop takes place in the graphical environment via the Add/Remove Applications program. So, all you have to do is to burn the ISO image onto a blank CD disc and insert it on the CD-ROM device where the Ubuntu 8.10 desktop edition is installed.

After installation, the system must be rebooted for the Edubuntu desktop to replace the current Ubuntu artwork. Also, an Educational category will be added to the main menu, which will include educational programs like GCompris, KTouch, Tux Paint, KAlgebra, KTurtle, KBruch, KWordQuiz, Parley, KEduca, KEduca-Editor, Kalzium, KVocTrain, Kverbos, KStars, Kig, KHangMan, Kanagram, Step, and KmPlot.

Bottom line

In conclusion, Canonical made the same mistake twice, releasing the world's most popular free educational Linux distribution as an add-on CD for Ubuntu Desktop, instead of a standalone operating system.

Edubuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 15th, 2014
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