Edubuntu 11.04 beta 2

The Edubuntu team is happy to announce the 2nd beta pre-release of Edubuntu 11.04. This is the last pre-release iteration before the final release, and is available for testing immediately.

Download

The DVD ISO image is available for download from:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/natty/beta-2/

What's new?

This beta release brings no new features, but adds many bug fixes in preperation for the final release.

For more information on this Beta release, including non-Edubuntu specific bugs and features, please refer to the Natty Narwhal Technical Overview wiki page. We strongly recommend reading this, since there are issues which aren't resolved yet and may require workarounds on certain platforms.

The Final release is on 28 April and we hope that you'll be as excited about it as we are!

Edubuntu 11.04 beta 1 released !

The Edubuntu team is happy to announce that the Beta 1 of Edubuntu 11.04 is released !

Download

The DVD ISO image is available for download from:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/natty/beta-1/

Release Notes

WebLive is now directly integrated in the Ubuntu Software Center
letting you test the most popular apps without installing them on your
machine. Just click the "Test drive" button.

Ubiquity now has an additional step allowing users to fine-tune which
applications should be installed on the final system.

Edubuntu now ships with Arkose, which provides application sandboxing
for downloaded apps.

New software packages in Edubuntu include Pencil, Geogebra, Calibre,
LibreCAD, Freemind and Stellarium.

Theming improvements include a new LDM theme when installing LTSP from
the Edubuntu installer. The text-mode boot mode now displays "Edubuntu"
instead of "Ubuntu". Our ongoing menu refinements include new icons
where they were missing, and more consistent case use in menu entries.

Edubuntu 11.04 ships with the classical Gnome desktop by default but
Unity is available as an option in the installer.

For more information on this Beta release, including non-Edubuntu specific bugs and features, please refer to the Natty Narwhal Technical Overview wiki page. We strongly recommend reading this, since there are may be bugs that may result in data loss under certain circumstances.

Edubuntu follows the Ubuntu release schedule, for more information on the roadmap to release, please refer to the Release Schedule.

Schooltool will be in Ubuntu Archives for 11.04

What is Schooltool?

From the SchoolTool website:

SchoolTool is a suite of free administrative software for schools. Since it can be installed easily and used with no licensing fees, SchoolTool can be used by schools for a single purpose, by individual teachers or small teams within schools, or as a whole-school comprehensive student information system, encompassing demographics, gradebooks, attendance, calendars and reporting.

Schooltool and Edubuntu

In 2005 when Edubuntu was first released, it shipped with Schooltool installed by default. For a few releases, Schooltool wasn't available in the Ubuntu archives due to many of its dependencies being unavailable.

A collaborative effort that spans the SchoolTool itself, Zope maintainers, Ubuntu MOTU, Edubuntu and Ubuntu-NGO over the last 2 releases paid off and now Schooltool is back in the Ubuntu archives. Users who are testing the upcoming 11.04 release will already be able to install it.

SchoolTool won't be installed in Edubuntu by default, but it will be just a few clicks away via the Ubuntu Software Center.

For more information about SchoolTool, please refer to the SchoolTool website:
http://schooltool.org/

Edubuntu WebLive Hits 15 000 Sessions

WebLive Progress

In October 2010 we launched a new Edubuntu service called WebLive. This allowed users to connect to an Edubuntu session with nothing more than a java-enabled web browser for up to 2 hours. Users are allowed to renew their session and get another 2 hours if they would like to try it out further.

Since then, it's been extended to not only support the current Edubuntu stable release, but also the development version of Edubuntu and Ubuntu with the top rated applications from the Ubuntu Software Center pre-installed.

This provides potential users a great opportunity to try out Edubuntu and see what great software is available in Ubuntu- before they even download it.

Last week Stéphane announced a public API for WebLive that will result in some other nice things. In particular, we'll be working on some Chromium/Firefox plugins for the service.

Service Usage

Today, we hit 15 000 sessions since we started logging the amount of sessions in November. We've had great feedback so far and would appreciate some more.

We also had one user who has been logging into the WebLive service almost every day since we've made it available! We don't collect e-mail addresses and don't log anything else than username and when the person has logged on, so if that person would like to give us some feedback we'd love to talk to you!

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