Welcome to the Lucid Lynx edition of Edubuntu, an open source project initiated by Canonical, the maker of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, and designed from the ground up to be installed on desktop computers or laptops in various educational insitutions, such as schools or universities.
Availability, supported architectures, boot options
This Edubuntu version was released back in April 29, 2010 along with Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), which was an LTS (Long Term Support) version. However, the Edubuntu operating system was supported by Canonical with security patches and software updates only for 18 months.
It's available for download as two Live DVD ISO images of approximately 2.5GB in size, which means that users must burn them onto DVD discs or write the ISOs to USB thumb drives of 4GB or higher capacity.
The boot loader will allow you to start the live environment with default options, test the system memory of your computer for errors, boot from the first disk drive, check the disc for defects (only if using the DVD media), as well as to install the operating system without testing it (not recommended).
In addition, it is possible to change the language for the live session, select a different keyboard layout, add extra boot options, enable accessibility options, as well as to install the distribution using a driver update CD.
Classic GNOME desktop environment with top-notch educational apps
The graphical session in Edubuntu 10.04 is powered by GNOME 2, a traditional desktop environment that uses a two-panel layout, which offers a productive interface. While the main menu can be accessed from the top panel, the user will be able to interact with opened programs using the bottom panel.
Among the preinstalled educational apps, we can mention GCompris, Blinken, Kanagram, KAlgebra, KBruch, Kig, KHangMan, KTouch, KmPlot, Marble, KTurtle, KWordQuiz, TuxMath, Tux Typing, VYM - View Your Mind, Step, Tux Paint, Kalzium, KStars, and Parley.
Default applications include the OpenOffice.org office suite, Evolution email and calendar client, Totem movie player, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Empathy instant messenger, PiTiVi video editor, Gwibber social networking client, Liferea news reader, Rhythmbox music player, and Ubuntu Software Center.
Summing up, Edubuntu 10.04 is the live proof that Canonical loves its community and delivers professional operating systems with each release. We're eager to see more and more open source educational apps in future versions of Edubuntu.