[ubuntu-za] Edubuntu

Jonathan Carter (highvoltage) jonathan at ubuntu.com
Thu Jan 14 12:56:07 UTC 2010

Sorry if this caused any confusion, I replied to the wrong list.

On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 2:54 PM, Jonathan Carter (highvoltage)
<jonathan at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> Hi Charl
> On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 2:27 PM, Charl Wentzel
> <charl.wentzel at vodamail.co.za> wrote:
>> I'm busy downloading Edubuntu 9.10 for a friend and got a shock when I
>> noticed that it is now a 3.3GB DVD download.  I've rather enjoyed the
>> fact that Ubuntu downloads have always been CD-sized.
>> Despite the band-width shock, I'm quite interested in what they've added
>> to make it such a sizeable download.  Anybody using it that could fill
>> me in?  I assume it is no longer just an add-on CD... DVD?
> Initially, Edubuntu was very similar to the Ubuntu installation disc,
> the difference was basically that you could install LTSP from it out
> of the box and also have educational apps shipped with it. The problem
> was that the Edubuntu project (of which I'm part of) already needed to
> remove software and language packs from the CD to make space for the
> Edubuntu related apps.
> A few releases ago Edubuntu changed to an add-on CD to Ubuntu. This
> made it possible to put more things on the CD and have less
> duplication, however, users were very unhappy with this and wanted a
> turn-key solution, so we decided to go back to a full installation,
> and this time a DVD so that we don't have the same space issues.
> People wanted a GUI install, and they wanted to be able to install
> LTSP automatically. Unfortunately LTSP can't be installed from a
> LiveCD yet, it's something we're working on and we hope to have it
> ready for Lucid. As a result, the Karmic DVD basically ships
> everything twice, packages for the alternate CD and the LiveCD
> squashfs image.
> Lucid will include more packages but once the alternate install
> section is dropped the total size should be under 2GB at least. The
> current situation is definitely less than ideal but it will certainly
> get better.
> -Jonathan

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