[Ubuntu Urdu] Edubuntu 6.10 Released - Linux For Schools and Kids

Fouad Riaz Bajwa bajwa at fossfp.org
Fri Oct 27 13:39:23 BST 2006


The Edubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Edubuntu 6.10,
codenamed "Edgy Eft". This release includes both Installation CDs and
installable Live CDs for several architectures.

About Edubuntu
--------------

Edubuntu is the education-focused variant of Ubuntu, with a fast and easy
install, regular releases, and a tight selection of excellent packages
installed by default, including education and productivity applications.
Almost every other package you can imagine is available with a few clicks
from a global network of mirrors, and professional commercial technical
support from Canonical Ltd and hundreds of other companies around the world.

Edubuntu 6.10 will be supported for 18 months on both desktops and servers.
Note that the previous stable release (6.06 LTS) is a long-term support
release, and so users requiring a longer support lifetime may choose to
continue using that version rather than upgrade to or install 6.10.

To Get Edubuntu 6.10
--------------------

Download Edubuntu 6.10 here:
http://www.edubuntu.org/Download

To burn these CD images, you will need 700MB media.

About Edubuntu 6.10
-------------------

Highlights of this release include:

On the Desktop
--------------

Edubuntu includes the very recent versions of well known free educational
software like:

* The KDEedu suite in version 3.5.5

* Gcompris 7.4

* Schooltool 0.11

* The tux4kids applications and many more. 

This version introduces a host of new features, an improved interface and a
wide variety of new applications and desktop tools making Edubuntu 6.10
flexible and user-friendly.

Enhancements in our Ubuntu base provide these benefits for Edubuntu:

* GNOME 2.16, which in addition to new features such as enhanced power
  management, makes the GNOME desktop more secure, faster and more
  stable

* Substantially faster startup and shutdown with eye-catching
  high-resolution graphics

* The latest Firefox web browser, which offers inline spell check
  support in web forms, easy recovery of crashed sessions, built-in
  phishing detectors, enhanced search engine management with built in
  OpenSearch support, and better support for previewing and
  subscribing to web feeds

* Proactive security features, preventing many common security
  vulnerabilities even before they are discovered

* Evolution 2.8.0, which brings new features such as vertical message
  panes

On the Server
-------------

The Edubuntu classroom server install builds on the functionality from the
previous release simplifying common Linux classroom server deployment
processes. It is the first distribution that ships with a deeply  integrated
out of the box working pre-release of the upcoming
LTSP-5 (Linux Terminal Server Project). LTSP-5 offers clients a lower TCO
(total cost of ownership), simpler installation and easier maintenance than
typical IT deployments. With all data stored on the server, administrators
have substantially eliminated the cost of updating individual workstations
to ensure their security.

Installing from the CD will provide you with an out of the box working thin
client environment, including sound and thin client block device support.

Features of the integration work for LTSP-5 in Edubuntu include: 

* Automatic network configuration with DHCP service for servers with
  two or more network cards attached

* Language and session selection from the LTSP login manager ?
  allowing a user to choose from any of the languages and desktop
  sessions installed on the server

* Student Control Panel
  Control LTSP connections in a school environment
  Additional features added in edgy to make it more effective

* Support for locally attached devices on thin clients ? allowing
  users to access cameras, ipods, USB sticks or CDRoms on the thin
  client

* Printing support - enabling printing on a local printer from the
  thin client

* Full support for Etherboot

* Network swap memory by default which drops the minimal requirements
  for Thin Clients to 32Mb

* Centralized logging by default

* Sound support switched on by default

* 16bit colors by default for Thin clients to save network bandwith

Localization
------------

  * Automatic setup of non-Latin input methods

  * Menu item translations included in language packs, for faster
    integration of new and updated translations provided through
    Rosetta

  * Ongoing translation updates from the Rosetta web service:
    https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/edgy/+translations

Under the hood
--------------

 * GCC 4.1

 * Glibc 2.4

 * Linux 2.6.17

As always, Edubuntu includes the very best of the 100% Free / Libre
application software world, and each new release incorporates  countless new
features and bugfixes from the global development community. More detailed
release notes are at

  http://wiki.edubuntu.org/EdgyReleaseNotes

Helping Shape Edubuntu
----------------------

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you
can participate at

  http://www.edubuntu.org/Community

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but aren't
sure, try asking on:

* The #edubuntu channel on IRC.FreeNode.net
 
* The Edubuntu Users or Edubuntu Developers mailing list:
  http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/edubuntu-users

* The Edubuntu Developers mailing list:
  http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/edubuntu-devel

* Or on the Ubuntu forums:
  http://www.ubuntuforums.org

More Information
----------------

You can find out more about Edubuntu and about this release on our
website:

  http://www.edubuntu.org/

Regards
-----------------------
Fouad Riaz Bajwa
Team Leader
Ubuntu-Linux Pakistan LoCo Team
Cell: 92-333-4661290
Tel: 92-42-5030039
E-Mail: bajwa at ubuntu.com  
URL: www.ubuntu-pk.org
Mailing List: https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-pk 
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