Edubuntu 13.04 Release Announcement

The Edubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Edubuntu 13.04 (codename: Raring Ringtail). This release will be supported for 9 months, it is intended for enthusiasts and users who would like to try out the latest and greatest software. If you're installing Edubuntu in an organisation such as a school, university or non-profit, we suggest you deploy Edubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long Term Support), which is supported until April 2017 for both Servers and Desktops. We recently released a point release to Edubuntu 12.04 LTS, bringing updated hardware supported, bug fixes and security updates applied out of the box.

What's New?

New Default Packages:

  • 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
  • vym - mindmapping tool
  • bluefish - wysiwyg html editor
  • remmina - connect to various remote desktops including rdesktop

Notable updates

  • Unity: 7.0
  • LibreOffice: 4.0
  • Firefox: 19.0
  • Thunderbird: 17.0
  • Linux: 3.8
  • Upstart: 1.8
  • Python 3.3

Where to get it

For information on how to get Edubuntu, please refer to the downloads page. Guides and installation instructions are also available via the documentation. If you're using Edubuntu, please let us know by logging your installation on our deployments page.

Known Issues

Please refer to the Technical Overview document for known issues and other technical information regarding this release.

About Edubuntu

Edubuntu is a grassroots movement, we aim to get Ubuntu into schools, homes and communities and make it easy for users to install and maintain their systems in educational and non-profit environments.

We are students, teachers, parents and hackers who believe that learning and knowledge should be available to all. Want to get involved? Then please get in touch!.


Thanks for the release! We've been very eager to do an upgrade based on some of the features we heard were in this release.

One of the biggest features for us was for the ability to act as a domain controller, based on quotes we'd seen in this blog and other places. IE "One of the first and most major planned features is for Edubuntu Server to act as a domain controller using samba 4."

Did this make it into today's release?

We've downloaded the install disk, and can't seem to find a GUI configuration utility to do this ( both in a live DVD environment, as well as after being installed ), is that expected? If not, where can we locate this utility?

If so, was this implementation designed to be a non-GUI solution? If that's the case, I'm not sure I see the value compared to what we'd been doing previously.

Hi Matthew, the feature received quite a bit of work, but it wasn't ready and quite integrated enough to include in the final release. The long-term vision is to have it ready and stable for 14.04 LTS and if it was working properly already include it into 13.04. It's *very* likely to be ready for 13.10 though.

It should also be pretty easy to backport once it's ready, so you can expect to have backported packages for 12.04 LTS when it's more or less ready.