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


  • 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.


  • 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:

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!


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