Welcome to the Saucy Salamander edition of Edubuntu, an open source flavor of the Ubuntu operating system, which is in turn is derived from the award winning Debian GNU/Linux distribution. It features the trendy Unity desktop environment and includes a vast selection of educational apps suitable for classroom use.
Availability, supported architectures, boot options
Canonical may have made all kinds of mistakes in the past years, but since it decided to release Edubuntu again as a standalone operating system and not an Ubuntu add-on CD, the distribution is more and more used on a wide range of educational institutions around the world.
It can be downloaded from Softpedia as a 64-bit or 32-bit Live DVD ISO image, which can be burned onto DVD discs using a popular CD/DVD burning software or written on USB flash drives of 4GB or higher capacity using the UNetbootin or Disks programs.
The same boot menu that was provided since Edubuntu 10.04 is also availble in this edition, allowing the user to choose a language, start the live session without installing anything, check the disk for defects (only if using a DVD media), test the RAM for errors, or boot an existing OS from the first disk.
In addition, it is possible to directly install the distribution, change the keyboard layout, use different installation modes, enable accessibility options, as well as to add extra kernel parameters.
Stylish desktop environment suitable for classroom use
It looks like the Unity user interface is still used on Edubuntu, which provides students and teachers alike with a stylish, yet productive desktop environment suitable for classroom use. Among some of the preinstalled educational apps, we can mention Blinken, Chemtool, Celestia, GCompris, KAlgebra, Kalzium, and KGeography.
Default applications include the Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Mozilla Firefo web browser, GIMP image editor, Empathy instant messenger, LibreOffice office suite, Rhythmbox music player, Totem video player, Gedit text editor, Brasero CD/DVD burning software, Disks disk manager, Calibre ebook library management software, and Inkscape vector graphics editor.
Summing up, Edubuntu 13.10 can be easily declared yet another successful member of the Edubuntu family. It was officially announced by Canonical on October 17, 2013 and will be supported with software updates and security patches until July 2014.