Edubuntu 12.04.1 Release Announcement

Edubuntu Long-Term Support

Earlier this year, the Edubuntu project released its very first Long Term Support (LTS) version. Edubuntu 12.04 LTS will receive security updates and critical updates for 5 years.

So far Edubuntu 12.04 LTS has received great reviews and we believe it's the best Edubuntu release to date, not just in terms of the product that's been released, but also project-wise.

Here are some of the things people have been saying about Edubuntu 12.04 so far:

  • "The truth is, you wont know how great Edubuntu is until you try it." - peeweepc.com
  • "All in all Edubuntu 12.04 is an excellent release in every respect and carries the contribution of FOSS to the World and Humanity in the field of Education further." muktware.com
  • "Edubuntu is quite simply the best and the most popular education-oriented Linux distribution around. " - techsource
  • "While the system isn't perfect, Edubuntu is ready for what it promises. Even though it lacks organization and description of programs, the distribution is an almost complete tool for education."
  • - guiadopc.com (Quote translated from Greek)

Edubuntu's First LTS Point Release

The Edubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Edubuntu 12.04.1. This marks the first LTS point release for this LTS lifecycle. The point release includes all the bug fixes and improvements that have been applied to Edubuntu 12.04 LTS since it has been released. It also includes updated hardware support and installer fixes. If you have an Edubuntu 12.04 LTS system and have applied all the available updates, then your system will already be on 12.04.1 LTS and there is no need to re-install. For new installations, installing from the updated media is recommended since it will be installable on more systems than before and will require drastically less updates than installing from the original 12.04 LTS media.

  • Information on where to download the Edubuntu 12.04.1 LTS media is available from the Downloads page.
  • We do not ship free Edubuntu discs at this time, however, there are 3rd party distributors available who ship discs at reasonable prices listed on the Edubuntu Martketplace

Although Edubuntu 10.04 systems will ask for upgrade to 12.04.1, it's not an officialy supported upgrade path. Testing however indicated that this usually works if you're ready to make some minor adjustments afterwards.

To ensure that the Edubuntu 12.04 LTS series will continue to work on the latest hardware as well as keeping quality high right out of the box, we will release another 3 point releases before the next long term support release is made available in 2014. More information is available on the release schedule page on the Ubuntu wiki.

The release notes are available from the Ubuntu Wiki.

Thanks for your support and interest in Edubuntu!

Deployments Page

New Website

We have a new Edubuntu website!

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!

Edubuntu at UDS

UDS Group photo

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

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