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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 12.04.1 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!

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