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Edubuntu
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Edubuntu 24.04 Desktop
Company / developer Canonical Ltd. and community contributors
OS family Linux (Unix-like)
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release 2005; 19 years ago (2005)
Latest stable release 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat) / 25 April 2024; 57 days ago (2024-04-25)
Kernel type Monolithic Linux kernel
Default user interface GNOME
License Mainly GPL and various others (free with some restricted components)

Edubuntu, previously known as Ubuntu Education Edition, is an official derivative of the Ubuntu operating system designed for use in classrooms inside schools, homes and communities.

Edubuntu is developed in collaboration with teachers and technologists in several countries. Edubuntu is built on top of the Ubuntu base, incorporates the LTSP thin client architecture and several education-specific applications, and is aimed at users aged 6 to 18. It was designed for easy installation and ongoing system maintenance.

Features

Included with Edubuntu is the Linux Terminal Server Project and many applications relevant to education including GCompris, KDE Education Suite, Sabayon Profile Manager, Pessulus Lockdown Editor, Edubuntu Menueditor, LibreOffice, Gnome Nanny and iTALC. Edubuntu CDs were previously available free of charge through their Shipit service; since version 8.10 (2008) it is only available as a download in a DVD format.

In 23.04, Edubuntu's default GUI is GNOME. From 12.04 to 14.04, Edubuntu's default GUI was Unity; however GNOME, which had previously been the default, was also available. Since release 7.10, KDE is also available as Edubuntu KDE. In 2010, Edubuntu and the Qimo 4 Kids project were working on providing Qimo within Edubuntu, but this was not done as it would not have fit on a CD.

Project goals

The primary goal of Edubuntu was to enable an educator with limited technical knowledge and skills to set up a computer lab or an online learning environment in an hour or less and then effectively administer that environment.

The principal design goals of Edubuntu were centralized management of configuration, users and processes, together with facilities for working collaboratively in a classroom setting. Equally important was the gathering together of the best available free software and digital materials for education. According to a statement of goals on the official Edubuntu website: "Our aim is to put together a system that contains all the best free software available in education and make it easy to install and maintain."

It also aimed to allow low-income environments to maximize utilisation of their available (older) equipment.

Versions

Edubuntu 7.04
Edubuntu 7.04 package

The first Edubuntu release coincided with the release of Ubuntu 5.10, which was codenamed Breezy Badger on 2005-10-13. With the 8.04 Hardy Heron release of Edubuntu it was given the name of Ubuntu Education Edition and was changed to be an add-on to a standard Ubuntu installation instead of being an installable Live CD. From version 9.10 onwards, Edubuntu changed to be available as a full system DVD instead of an Add-on CD. Edubuntu is also installable via a selection of "edubuntu" packages for all distributions using the official Ubuntu repositories (Ubuntu and Kubuntu mainly).

Since 14.04, Edubuntu became LTS-only; Edubuntu announced that they would skip the 16.04 LTS update and that they planned on staying with 14.04 due to lack of contributors. It would then be discontinued for a number of years, but as of April 2023, the distro has returned as an official flavor.

Release Codename Release date End-of-life date
5.10 Breezy Badger 13 October 2005 13 April 2007
6.06 LTS Dapper Drake 1 June 2006 14 July 2009
6.10 Edgy Eft 26 October 2006 25 April 2008
7.04 Feisty Fawn 19 April 2007 19 October 2008
7.10 Gutsy Gibbon 18 October 2007 18 April 2009
8.04 LTS Hardy Heron 24 April 2008 12 May 2011
8.10 Intrepid Ibex 30 October 2008 30 April 2010
9.04 Jaunty Jackalope 23 April 2009 23 October 2010
9.10 Karmic Koala 29 October 2009 29 April 2011
10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx 29 April 2010 9 May 2013
10.10 Maverick Meerkat 10 October 2010 10 April 2012
11.04 Natty Narwhal 28 April 2011 28 October 2012
11.10 Oneiric Ocelot 13 October 2011 9 May 2013
12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin 26 April 2012 28 April 2017
12.10 Quantal Quetzal 18 October 2012 16 May 2014
13.04 Raring Ringtail 25 April 2013 27 January 2014
13.10 Saucy Salamander 17 October 2013 17 July 2014
14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr 17 April 2014 30 April 2019
23.04 Lunar Lobster 20 April 2023 25 January 2024
23.10 Mantic Minotaur 12 October 2023 July 2024
24.04 LTS Noble Numbat 25 April 2024 May 2029
24.10 Oracular Oriole 10 October 2024 July 2025
Legend:       Old version, not maintained       Older version, still maintained       Current stable version       Future version

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Edubuntu para niños

  • List of Ubuntu-based distributions
  • Comparison of Linux distributions
  • UberStudent – Educational Linux distribution based on LTS versions of Xubuntu
  • Sugar-on-a-Stick – Educational Linux distribution based on Fedora
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