Edubuntu at UDS

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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!

Edubuntu 12.04 LTS Release Announcement

Welcome to Edubuntu 12.04 LTS!

After 6 months of preparation, it's with great pride that the Edubuntu development team announces today the release of Edubuntu 12.04 LTS.

As the first Long Term Support release of the Edubuntu project, this version will be supported for 5 years (April 2017). The Edubuntu development team will also provide "point releases" in sync with Ubuntu's to offer you new installation medias containing all the latest bugfixes.

You may now try it online or download it.

For this release, we focused on stability and bug fixes to deliver the most stable and best translated Edubuntu release ever.

What's new ?

As usual, Edubuntu inherits most of the changes that occur in Ubuntu.
Additionally, this release brings you:

  • iTalc was replaced by Epoptes, a new classroom management software, fixing most stability and usability issues we had with iTalc in the past.
  • New major version of LTSP (5.3.x) including numerous bugfixes, speed improvement, lowering bandwidth requirements and improving fat client support.
  • Fully translatable installation and post-installation environment.
  • Support for Wubi, letting you install Edubuntu from Windows.
  • By popular request and for the convenience of administrators, the full vim, as well as pastebinit are now installed by default.

To learn more about what's new Ubuntu 12.04, you can read the full release notes.

How do I get it ?

The DVD image (also usable as a USB image) is downloadable from our download page.

Installation instructions are available here.

And if you just want to see what it looks like, we have screenshots available.

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

Users of Edubuntu 11.10 can also upgrade directly to 12.04.

Known issues

  • On some systems, starting an LTSP session will give you an empty screen showing only the wallpaper. In such case, reboot your thin client and select the "Ubuntu 2D" session.
  • On 64bit Apple systems, the 32bit edition is recommended. The 64bit version won't boot on these systems due to incompatibilities with Apple firmware.
  • Issues that affect Ubuntu affect Edubuntu as well, read the full release notes for more information.

Further Information

Community support is available via IRC, Forums and Mailing lists.
Please refer to http://edubuntu.org/documentation 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

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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