edubuntu desktop

jelkner at jelkner at
Wed Oct 12 14:15:43 UTC 2005

Why is it that "fun, young and vibrant" means white?  Mark said he didn't want to get dragged into a discussion of race, but in the country in which I live (the U.S.) such a discussion can not be avoided.  My country has a long and sordid history of racism, and a look at what played out in New Orleans recently makes clear that racism in my country is still *very* much with us.

We suffer from a digital divide in my country in which access to and use of information technology also coorelates to race.  I'm hoping to use Ubuntu/Edubuntu to help build brigdes across the divide.  The name of the distribution, using an African word, is a big help in this regard.  It suggests that Ubuntu means to be broad and inclusive.  The recent artwork does not send the same message.

While it may still be true that young children, even African American and Latino children, identify the little white girl as pretty, fun, and vibrant, that does not mean we should put her alone on our desktop.

jeff elkner

On Wed, 12 Oct 2005 13:05:14 +0200, Jane Weideman <janew at> wrote:
>The original wallpaper which Oliver 'put together in 10 minutes' is the
>mustard coloured one. [1]. It was generally felt that this was too dull
>and 'boring' for this distro and as our target market is the 6-18 year
>old age group.
>We decided to take, fun, young and vibrant as our theme for Edubuntu,
>and to give it a younger and brighter edge than Ubuntu or Kubuntu.
>I agree that grown adults don't always like the BRIGHT look, but
>children (and people who know children) consistently do.
>Our community contributer Steve Torrefranca (Javacide) has produced most
>of our wallpapers. [2] Including the 'Edubuntu Girl' [3].
>Note that the Edubuntu Girl and Edubuntu Breezy Installation wallpapers
>are both contributions by Steve and are our highest rated wallpapers to
>date, each with 4-stars. [4]

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