12.10 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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A customized version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system suitable for educational use

editor's review




Welcome to the Quantal Quetzal edition of Edubuntu, an open source flavor of the world's most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux, suitable for classroom use. It provides students and teachers alike with a productive, modern and easy-to--use educational system for the 21st century.

Availability, supported architectures, boot options

This Edubuntu release was officially announced by Canonical back in October 18, 2012 along with several other Ubuntu editions. It is supported with security patches and software updates until May 16, 2014.

The user can download Edubuntu 12.10 as two Live DVD ISO images, one for each of the supported instruction set architectures (64-bit/amd64 and 32-bit/i386), that must be burned onto DVD discs using any CD/DVD burning software or written to USB flash drives of 4GB or higher capacity using Disks.

The easy-to-use boot loader enables novices to try the live environment without installing anything, and Linux experts to boot another operating system that is currently installed on the first disk drive, run a memory (RAM) diagnostic test, change the keymap, as well as to install the distribution on a local disk.

Productive and modern desktop environment filled with blissful educational apps

The modern Unity user interface and the great selection of educational applications provide for a productive workstation suitable for classroom use. Among the preinstalled educational programs, we can mention Celestia, Dia, Kalzium, Calibre, GCompris, KAlgebra, and LibreCAD.

In addition, the distribution comes with the Lybniz graph plotter, the entire LibreOffice office suite, a LRF (Lymphoma Research Foundation) viewer, Marble world atlas software, as well as the LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project) software.

Bottom line

Summing up, Edubuntu 12.10 is a stable, reliable and modern educational oriented operating system that is currently used on thousands of hundreds of computers across the globe. End of life will be reached on May 16, 2014, so make sure that you upgrade to a recent version, Edubuntu 14.04 LTS.

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