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!
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.
The full schedule is available here, there are a bunch of sessions that relate to Edubuntu.
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.
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iTalc, our classroom management tool has been replaced by Epoptes, which is more stable and better integrated with Edubuntu and LTSP.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.