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!

Edubuntu 12.10 Release Announcement

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Welcome to Edubuntu 12.10!

The Edubuntu development team is proud to announce the release of Edubuntu 12.10.
This release will be supported for 18 months (until April 2014).

Edubuntu 12.10 is a regular release bringing updated software and a few improvements.
For larger deployments and environments where a stable, well tested system is preferred, the Edubuntu development team strongly recommends staying on the Long Term Support releases (current release is 12.04.1).
LTSP users should also remain on Edubuntu 12.04 LTS as 12.10 is lacking Unity support for LTSP and has been reported to be much slower than 12.04.

This new release is well suited for home users and users who wish to use the latest versions of the available software. Important components (like drivers) are being backported to the 12.04 LTS release, so there is no need to upgrade for newer hardware support.

Edubuntu 12.10 is available right now to try online or download.

For information on what's new in Edubuntu 12.10, you can read the full release notes.

How to get it ?

The DVD image (also usable as a USB image) is downloadable from two locations:

Installation documentation and additional documentation can be found here.

Users of Edubuntu 12.04 can also upgrade directly to 12.10 from the update manager. As Edubuntu 12.04 was a Long Term Support release, users will need to go in the update manager settings and change the notification option from "For long-term support versions" to "For any new version", the upgrade should then show up in the interface.

There are some screenshots available on the Edubuntu website screenshots page.

As usual, if you want to try it out, but can't wait for your download to finish, try it out online on Edubuntu WebLive!

If you already have Ubuntu 12.10 or an Ubuntu based system installed, you can simply install any additional Edubuntu packages that you would like to use from the Software Center.

Known issues

  • Unity 2D is no longer available in 12.10. As a result, the Gnome Fallback session (also known as the "Ubuntu Classic") will now be made default when LTSP is selected. LTSP users who wish to continue using Unity-2D should remain on Edubuntu 12.04 LTS.
  • In some cases, the session indicator shows up empty on LTSP. This appears to be related to the video card of the thin client. The only known workaround at this stage is to call "gnome-session-quit" manually. (1028972)

Edubuntu is based on Ubuntu so most known issues from Ubuntu also affect Edubuntu, a full list of known issues can be found here.

Let us know how you're using Edubuntu

The Edubuntu website was recently redesigned and now includes a page allowing users to post their Edubuntu deployments and get information on existing deployments.
We always love to hear about how people are using Edubuntu, so once you have it installed, please let us know on the deployments page.

Further Information

Community support is available via IRC, Forums and Mailing lists.
Please refer to for more information.

About Edubuntu

The Edubuntu project aims to maintain high quality educational and related packages in Ubuntu.
Additionally, we also produce the Edubuntu DVD, which aims to be an easy to use Ubuntu system designed for home and classroom use.

For more information, see: About Edubuntu


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