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Edubuntu 13.04 Beta 1

Edubuntu 13.04, Codename: Raring Ringtail, Beta Now Available

This build allows developers and users to evaluate early changes in this release and no details are finalised yet. Features that were partially implemented in Alpha 1 and not completed have been removed in this Beta build and will be re-integrated after the release.

Please keep the following in mind when testing this build:

  • Artwork is not final and very likely to change, do not use for documentation purposes
  • Package selection is not final and subject to change
  • This is a release preview which doesn't have complete testing coverage. Practice caution and make backups if necessary.

Known Issues

Please refer to the full Ubuntu 13.04 Beta 1 announcement for known issues.

Download

This pre-release can be downloaded from: the Ubuntu CD image site.

For the stable release, please refer to the Downloads page

Feedback

  • File bugs using the usual Ubuntu bug filing procedures.
  • Post feedback to the edubuntu-devel mailing list, details on our community page.
  • Important: Before filing bugs, please verify that the bug is still present after all updates are applied or whether it's still present in the latest daily build.

Happy testing!

Edubuntu 13.04 Alpha 1 Test Build

Edubuntu 13.04, Codename: Raring Ringtail, first Alpha Release Now Available

The Edubuntu developers team is proud to release the first official test build of what will eventually become Edubuntu 13.04, due for release in April 2013. For the complete roadmap towards 13.04, please refer to the release schedule

This build allows developers and users to evaluate early changes in this release and no details are finalised yet.

Please keep the following in mind when testing this build:

  • Artwork is not final and very likely to change, do not use for documentation purposes
  • Package selection is not final and subject to change
  • Some features (even when present in the UI) are not implemented yet. Most significantly, this affects the Edubuntu Server installation options and Domain joining options.
  • This is an early release preview which contains previously untested system software, it may destroy your existing data or in some very rare cases, permanently harm your system. Practice caution and make backups if necessary.

New in this alpha release

The following packages have been added:

  • vym - mindmapping tool
  • klavaro - flexible touch-typing tutor
  • krecipes - recipe manager and collection of recipes
  • gramps - genealogical research program
  • chemtool - chemical structures drawing program
  • fritzing - easy to use electronics design software
  • einstein - puzzle game inspired by Einstein's puzzle

Major software version updates:

  • Linux version 3.7
  • Firefox version 18
  • Thunderbird version 17
  • LibreOffice version 3.6.2
  • Unity version 6.12

Artwork:

  • All known "12.10" version strings have been updated to "13.04"
  • New wallpaper selected (although likely to be changed again soon)
  • Old installer slideshow has been dropped, a new one is being worked on

Known Issues

  • Graphics are badly distorted under KVM virtual machines via VNC
  • LTSP Live sessions do not currently work (LP: #1086483), no current workaround.
  • No working default session is set on installation (LP: # 1086498), to work around, simply select a session when logging in the first time or set manually in /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

Where to get it

Images are available from the Ubuntu cdimage website.

Feedback

  • File bugs using the usual Ubuntu bug filing procedures.
  • Post feedback to the edubuntu-devel mailing list, details on our community page.
  • Important: Before filing bugs, please verify that the bug is still present after all updates are applied or whether it's still present in the latest daily build.

Happy testing!

Packaging Work for Ubuntu 13.04

Work-needing Packages

With Edubuntu 12.10 freshly released we're ramping up steadily on development towards 13.04 and beyond. If you've been following us on the social networks, you've probably come across Stéphane Graber's blog post about the roadmap to 14.04 LTS which mostly covers our long-term aspirations.

In the meantime, there's quite a bit of packaging work to be done for 13.04 and we need your help! Here's an initial list of packages needing work, we'll continue posting updates on the topic to the edubuntu-devel mailing list.

  • Brain Workshop - A Dual N-Back mental exercise
  • iGNUit - A General purpose flashcard game
  • Gcompris- Already in archives but needs updating
  • KidMP, a media player that aims to be kid-friendly

How to get started

Ideally packages should be uploaded to Debian first and then synced to the Ubuntu archives, but since Debian is frozen it might be a good idea to at least get the packages in good shape and get them in to PPAs and in to the Ubuntu archives. The new Ubuntu packaging guide is a great start if you're new to software packaging. There are also the #ubuntu-motu and #ubuntu-packaging channels on freenode where you could get some pointers.

Anything we're missing?

If there are some educational or related packages you would like to see in the Ubuntu archives, please get in touch via the edubuntu-devel mailing list or send us a quick message through our web contact form. As always, any help is appreciated, happy hacking!

Edubuntu Server Demo at UDS

Edubuntu Server Developments

Early in the 12.04 development cycle, we started talking about the revival of the Edubuntu Server product. For 13.04, it's happening!

One of the first and most major planned features is for Edubuntu Server to act as a domain controller using samba 4.

If you're not yet following Stéphane Graber on Google+, here are some nice screenshots and explanations of what it currently does:

Stéphane also did a blog post detailing out some of our goals for Edubuntu, which we'll talk about a lot in the upcoming months: http://www.stgraber.org/2012/10/21/edubuntu-the-path-to-14-04-lts/

Session at Ubuntu Developer Summit

On Thursday, there's an informational session where we'll be doing a demo on what's currently implemented on Edubuntu Server in terms of a directory server and also gather some feedback and answer questions. If you're at UDS, we highly encourage you to attend.

The schedule for UDS tends to be quite volatile, so please keep an eye on it for changes. We'll see if we can get a nice venue so that you can watch by remote participation.

Ubuntu OpenWeek

Edubuntu will be participating in this week's Ubuntu OpenWeek!

We'll be hosting a half an hour slot tomorrow (Wednesday, 24 October 2012) at 17:00 UTC and will be covering the future of Edubuntu, including:

  • The plans for Edubuntu Desktop 13.04
  • The plans for Edubuntu Tablet and tablet integration
  • The plans for Edubuntu Server for 13.04 to 14.04 LTS and beyond
  • How we want to integrate all of the above in to a complete technology solution for schools within the next 2 years

There will also be a few minutes where we'll take questions. All of this is happening on #ubuntu-classroon on the freenode network. For more information, see the Ubuntu Classroom post about the current OpenWeek. The full schedule is available on the Ubuntu Wiki. See you there!

Edubuntu 12.04.1 Release Announcement

Edubuntu Long-Term Support

Earlier this year, the Edubuntu project released its very first Long Term Support (LTS) version. Edubuntu 12.04 LTS will receive security updates and critical updates for 5 years.

So far Edubuntu 12.04 LTS has received great reviews and we believe it's the best Edubuntu release to date, not just in terms of the product that's been released, but also project-wise.

Here are some of the things people have been saying about Edubuntu 12.04 so far:

  • "The truth is, you wont know how great Edubuntu is until you try it." - peeweepc.com
  • "All in all Edubuntu 12.04 is an excellent release in every respect and carries the contribution of FOSS to the World and Humanity in the field of Education further." muktware.com
  • "Edubuntu is quite simply the best and the most popular education-oriented Linux distribution around. " - techsource
  • "While the system isn't perfect, Edubuntu is ready for what it promises. Even though it lacks organization and description of programs, the distribution is an almost complete tool for education."
  • - guiadopc.com (Quote translated from Greek)

Edubuntu's First LTS Point Release

The Edubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Edubuntu 12.04.1. This marks the first LTS point release for this LTS lifecycle. The point release includes all the bug fixes and improvements that have been applied to Edubuntu 12.04 LTS since it has been released. It also includes updated hardware support and installer fixes. If you have an Edubuntu 12.04 LTS system and have applied all the available updates, then your system will already be on 12.04.1 LTS and there is no need to re-install. For new installations, installing from the updated media is recommended since it will be installable on more systems than before and will require drastically less updates than installing from the original 12.04 LTS media.

  • Information on where to download the Edubuntu 12.04.1 LTS media is available from the Downloads page.
  • We do not ship free Edubuntu discs at this time, however, there are 3rd party distributors available who ship discs at reasonable prices listed on the Edubuntu Martketplace

Although Edubuntu 10.04 systems will ask for upgrade to 12.04.1, it's not an officialy supported upgrade path. Testing however indicated that this usually works if you're ready to make some minor adjustments afterwards.

To ensure that the Edubuntu 12.04 LTS series will continue to work on the latest hardware as well as keeping quality high right out of the box, we will release another 3 point releases before the next long term support release is made available in 2014. More information is available on the release schedule page on the Ubuntu wiki.

The release notes are available from the Ubuntu Wiki.

Thanks for your support and interest in Edubuntu!

Deployments Page

New Website

We have a new Edubuntu website!

It might not look like much yet, but we've blown off some dust and did a good spring cleaning. The site now runs on Drupal 7 and all the plugins have been updated to the latest versions.

We've also replaced our old commercial theme that didn't support Drupal 7 by our own homemade one based on the default Drupal theme.

Edubuntu Deployments Page

We're planning a bunch of really nice things for the new site. The first is the deployments page which we're introducing today!

We receive on average 2 queries a week via the Edubuntu contact page asking us who uses Edubuntu and where it's deployed, so we thought it'd be a good idea to make it easy for people to report their deployments and let other see where Edubuntu has been installed.

We're very excited by it and would be thrilled if you could add your deployment there as well!

Edubuntu at UDS

UDS Group photo

Ubuntu Developer Summit

Next week, it's time again for another Ubuntu Developer Summit. The week where the next version of Ubuntu (and also Edubuntu) is planned out.

For Edubuntu we're planning a bit further ahead than the next release. We have some ideas that can't be implemented in a 6 month cycle so we'll be breaking it down into smaller bytes that we can start working on in the meantime.

Schedule

The full schedule is available here, there are a bunch of sessions that relate to Edubuntu.

Edubuntu-specific sessions are:

Note: Above times are subject to change, please check the schedule regularly for changes.

Remote Participation

If you'd like to participate but can't be there in person, remember that it's also possible to participate in UDS remotely.

Have fun!

Call for Edubuntu 12.04 Translations

Originally posted to the edubuntu-devel mailing list by Stéphane Graber.

Call for Translations

We're now just 3 weeks away from the final release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
(and its flavours).
Ensuring our installation experience and default desktop is as well
translated as possible is one of Edubuntu's goal for this release.

We're almost there and it already looks great compared to our previous
releases, yet I'm sure we can have it even better.

Current packages of interest sorted by priority:

edubuntu-live

Deadline: 19th of April
Link:
https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/precise/+source/edubuntu-live
Note: Can't be translated post-release, part of installer

ubiquity-slideshow-edubuntu

Deadline: 19th of April
Link:
https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/precise/+source/ubiquity-slide...
Note: Can't be translated post-release, part of installer

epoptes

Deadline: 12th of April
Link: https://translations.launchpad.net/epoptes
Note: Can't be translated post-release, translations are upstream
(non-langpack)

ltsp

Deadline: 19th of April
Link: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/precise/+source/ltsp
Note: Can be translated post-release but is used in live environment and is difficult to update post-release

Other new Edubuntu packages with translations in Launchpad are listed below, these are lower priority than anything above as they're translated through langpacks and aren't as visible as the 4 above:
https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/precise/+source/pastebinit
https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/precise/+source/arkose

Thanks again for all your help and I'm definitely looking forward to the best translated Ubuntu and Edubuntu ever.

Edubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 Released

Edubuntu version 12.04 Beta 2 is now released. This beta release is a pre-release version released for testing purposes and shouldn't be used in production.

Here are a few highlights since the last release:

  • This beta fixes a few issues that were identified in the previous beta release, including improved translations, a new Epoptes release and a new LTSP.
  • Edubuntu 12.04 will be the first 5 year LTS release of the Edubuntu project.
  • For this release we focused on quality and stability and refrained from any significant feature improvements.
  • iTalc, our classroom management tool has been replaced by Epoptes, which is more stable and better integrated with Edubuntu and LTSP.
  • LTSP is updated to the new major 5.3 release, fixing many bugs, improving performance, bandwidth usage and providing better fat client support.
  • Freemind and Geogebra were dropped from the default Edubuntu installation in an effort to avoid Java on our DVD. Both of these are still available via the Software Center, but aren't covered by the LTS support term.
  • The KDE version of edubuntu-desktop will only be supported on a best effort basis and isn't covered by the LTS support term either.
  • Edubuntu now includes vim and pastebinit by default to make the command line experience of advanced users more pleasant.

The full technical overview for this beta release is available on the Ubuntu wiki. Be sure to read the Ubuntu parts too, since it also impacts Edubuntu.

The installation media can be downloaded from the Ubuntu cdimage site.

If you find any bugs, please report them at the usual place and tag the edubuntu-dev team. Happy testing!

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