We are pleased to announce the release of Edubuntu 23.04, codenamed “Lunar Lobster”. This has been a project of love for my husband Erich and myself and I am happy to see it back with the people where it belongs once again.
This release will be supported for nine months (Until January 2024).
My name is Amy Eickmeyer and have worked in early childhood for nearly twenty years. When I was a preschool teacher, I remember using Edubuntu in my classroom in 2015 so the children could learn simple, educational games.
Fast forward seven years and I’m at the Ubuntu Summit in Prague. I learned that Edubuntu was no longer being supported. At this point, I had moved onto administrative work in early education and wasn’t staying as up to date as I would have liked. My last night in Prague, I was talking to someone about why I was there, what I found interesting and what could be added to not only get myself more interested, but my son as well. As I looked at my son, who was the youngest attendee of the summit, I thought of all the wonderful sessions I had heard while there. I thought it would be great if someone could talk about how education was being impacted by Ubuntu. I told my husband about it, and the project took off from there.
I currently work at a nonprofit that helps refugees and immigrants from Africa. Most of the assistance that they get is free and I thought that Edubuntu would be a wonderful addition to our classrooms. However, not only would it be great in our classrooms, but every classroom. My husband and I began organizing Edubuntu into not only grade levels, but subjects to make it easy to navigate.
By default, Edubuntu’s application overview is alphabetized, which makes it a learning tool out-of-the-box so students can see an example of alphabetization and cataloging. Additionally, educational applications are grouped into folders by subject, making the application overview easy to navigate.
Using Edubuntu Installer, you can configure the system for a certain age group, whether that be Preschool, Primary (Elementary), Secondary (Middle/High School), or Tertiary (College/University). Each configuration comes with a different set of applications and a different layout and default wallpaper.
Using Edubuntu Menu Administrator, administrators can configure which applications are hidden for non-administrator users with the check of a box. This then makes it easy to add non-admin users that are then restricted on which applications they are allowed to see. Some recommended items are pre-selected.
We hope that Edubuntu will help inspire learners from every age group and make quality learning available for anyone, anywhere. If you are a teacher, parent or student that is passionate about learning, then Edubuntu is for you.
- KDE/Qt apps use a blue accent color as opposed to a red accent color or whatever accent color is set by the user in the System Settings. This is due to
adwaita-qtbeing unable to respect the Yaru color schemes. There is no known fix currently, however future releases may have other configurations which allow this. There are ongoing discussions.
- The system installer (Ubiquity) provides a minimal install option. This is ineffective for this release.
- GNOME Notes has a search provider for the Activities Overview which will sometimes crash.
- Calibre has an issue where lrfviewer is crashing upon launch.
- As Edubuntu shares a desktop with and is based on Ubuntu Desktop, any known issues can be found in the official Ubuntu Release Notes.
- Individual applications included with Edubuntu may have their own known issues. Please consult upstream release notes for those applications before filing bug reports.
Images may be downloaded from https://cdimages.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/23.04/release.
How To Contact
Huge thanks for this release go to:
- Aaron Prisk: Creating Temporary Website
- Steve Langasek: Technical Guidance, Release Team and Technical Board Point-Person
- Ubuntu Community Council: Giving us the permissions to start working on this
- Stephane Graber and Jonathan Carter: Predecessors, handing us the reigns
- Oliver Grawert: Project Founder, encouragement
- Jonathan Eickmeyer: Testing/Child’s Perspective
- Aaron Rainbolt and Joshua Peisach: Testing
- Erich Eickmeyer: Technical Leader