Welcome to the Karmic Koala edition of the Edubuntu Linux operating system, an educational flavor of the world's most popular free distribution, Ubuntu. It includes a pretty neat collection of educational programs and a fully customized desktop environment suitable for classroom use.
Availability, boot options, supported platforms
Edubuntu 9.10 is dubbed Karmic Koala and was officially announced by Canonical back in October 29, 2009, along with other Ubuntu editions. It was supported with security patches and software updates until April 30, 2011.
Karmic Koala is the proof that Canonical listens to its users, as it decided that it's time to stop releasing the Edubuntu project as an add-on CD for the Desktop edition of Ubuntu. Therefore, users can download it as Live DVD ISO images of approximately 3.5GB in size.
To try or install the Edubuntu operating system, one should first burn the ISO images on DVD discs using any CD/DVD burning software or write it on USB flash drives of 4GB or higher capacity, then boot the medium from the BIOS of their PC.
Among the boot options, we can mention the ability to start the live environment without any change to your computer, boot an existing operating system from the first disk drive, check the disc for defects (only if using a DVD media), run a system memory (RAM) diagnostic test, as well as to install the distribution using the graphical or text-mode installer.
Powerful and traditional desktop environment with top-notch educational apps
The desktop environment used in Edubuntu 9.10 is powered by the GNOME project. It's a customized version of the graphical environment used in the Ubuntu Desktop edition, comprised of a two-panel layout that allows the user to easily and quickly access the preinstalled apps and interact with various functions.
The educational apps included in this Edubuntu release are as follows: KTouch, Marble, Tux Typing, KTurtle, KWordQuiz, GCompris, Parley, Step, Tux Paint, KAlgebra, Kanagram, Kig, Ktouch, KHangMan, KBruch, Dia, GNU Paint, QCaD, XaoS, Inkscape, OpenOffice.org, Scribus, and Gobby.
Summing up, Edubuntu 9.10 is again a powerful, stable and standalone operating system. We guess that the only reason for Canonical to release three editions of Edubuntu only as Add-On CDs for the Desktop flavor of Ubuntu, was that it needed to prove itself in a real educational environment.