Welcome to the Maverick Meerkat edition of Edubuntu, a standalone operating system based on the world's most popular free distribution of Linux, Ubuntu, and built around the GNOME desktop environment. It's an educational system comprised of a great selection of free and open source applications suitable for classroom use.
Availability, supported architectures, boot options
The Edubuntu 10.10 operating system is distributed as two Live DVD ISO images, one for each of the supported architectures (64-bit/amd64 and 32-bit/i386), that can be booted from the BIOS of any PC or laptop.
The bootable mediums can be written to DVD discs or USB flash drives, and will allow the user to start the choose a language, start the live environment without installing anything, boot an existing OS from the first disk, run a memory test, as well as to install the operating system without testing it (not recommended).
Traditional GNOME environment filled with educational apps
The GNOME 2 desktop environment is still available on this Edubuntu release, providing users with a traditional and clean graphical session that comprises of a top panel for accessing various apps, and a bottom panel for interacting with opened programs or cycling between virtual workspaces.
Among the preinstalled educational apps, we can mention GCompris, Blinken, KAlgebra, Kanagram, KBruch, KHangMan, kig, KmPlot, KTouch, KTurtle, KWordQuiz, Marble, Step, Tux Typing, Parley, Tux Math, Tux Paint, Dia, Inkscape, KolourPaint, QCaD, XaoS, Scribus, KStars, and Kalzium.
Default applications include the GIMP image editor, Shotwell image viwer and organizer, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Evolution email and calendar client, Totem video player, Rhythmbox music player, OpenOffice.org office suite, Empathy instant messenger, and Liferea feed reader.
In conclusion, Edubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) was another great release of Canonical's educational distribution. It was released back in October 10, 2010 and supported with security patches, bugfixes and software updates until April 10, 2012.