Edubuntu meeting minutes

Jordan Mantha laserjock at
Sun Nov 9 07:47:46 GMT 2008

On Wednesday, the 5th, at 18:00 UTC the Edubuntu community had a development
meeting. Here are the minutes for those who are interested and/or missed the meeting.


LaserJock chaired the meeting and the agenda was located as always at:

Topic: Introduction of the Sugar environment

morgs presented an introduction. "Sugar is the educational platform / user
interface originally developed for One Laptop Per Child, now operating as a
separate upstream project under the governance of Sugar Labs." He also pointed
out the Ubuntu Sugar Team ( who was working on
packages for Sugar. morgs will be starting a discussion on the edubuntu-devel
mailing list about integrating Sugar and the Ubuntu Sugar Team into the Edubuntu

Topic: Should Edubuntu have a strategy document?

Edubuntu is currently in somewhat of a state of organizational and developmental
flux. Edubuntu has become an addon to Ubuntu (rather than a derived full OS),
LTSP has moved to the Ubuntu Alternate CD, and the Edubuntu lead developer has
moved to the Ubuntu Mobile team. Consequently, LaserJock proposed that creation
of an Edubuntu Strategy Document would be a good idea. The idea is based off of
the Xubuntu Strategy Document created during Intrepid [1]. LaserJock will create
an initial draft and start discussion on the edubuntu-devel mailing list.

Topic: Naming/Branding ("Edubuntu", "Ubuntu in Education", "Ubuntu Education Edition")

As Edubuntu as a project and product have evolved, various branding and
marketing initiatives have led to a somewhat unclear and confusing state for the
naming and branding of Edubuntu CDs. After some discussion there was agreement
that the community should try to work with Canonical to drop "Ubuntu Education
Edition", clarify "Edubuntu" as the community, project, and product it has
traditionaly been known as, and use "Ubuntu in Education" as a distinct, but
related, term to describe the use of the Ubuntu family of products in Education.

Topic: Drop Alternate CD LTSP installation and instead use GUI from Ubuntu Desktop

There was a brief discussion around a proposal added to the agenda to remove
LTSP from the Ubuntu Alternate CD and instead have a GUI installer that would
install LTSP on any existing Ubuntu Desktop. ogra and stgraber explained that it
was technically not feasible to do.

Topic: Should Edubuntu produce a demo LiveCD?

Since Edubuntu is used as an addon CD there is no live CD available for people to
demo it. It was fairly quickly decided that a separate, Ubuntu-based, live CD
would be too much maintainence. Additionally, there is not enough space on a
single CD to include all of Edubuntu. Creating live USB images was suggested as
a possibility. ogra suggested that perhaps Edubuntu could create documentation
for creating an image based on the umpc images. ogra also pointed to existing
umpc documentation [2,3]


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