As Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon has released yesterday, The Edubuntu team announce the release of Edubuntu 7.10. This release includes both Installation CDs and installable Live CDs for several architectures.
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.
An incredible variety of packages 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 7.10 will be supported for 18 months on both desktops and servers.
What New in Edubuntu 7.10
- New meta package for easy setup: Improved Session Management Apps
- Lockdown and profile management applications like sabayon and pessulus have recieved a lot of attention in Edubuntu during this release cycle
- Easier Installation of Educational Applications
- Through Edubuntu specific metapackages it is very easy to install even more educational applications based on their special field of usage
- Additionally the Edubuntu Addon CD installer improves usability
- Edubuntu now includes gobby the great editor for collaborative editing in its default installation
Thin Client - LTSP
The Edubuntu classroom server install builds on the functionality from the previous release simplifying common Linux classroom server deployment processes. It includes the very latest thin client software, LTSP-5. Thin client deployments 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 for the thin client:
- Incredible speed improvement of thin clients through usage of compressed images
- New and faster detection of graphics hardware
LDM (the LTSP login manager) now has:
- unencrypted graphics transport on demand (speedup)
- multiple server support and theming for all *buntu derivatives
- Compiz Fusion: Really cool 3D desktop effects
- Desktop Search: Quickly search through all your files, emails, photos, chat logs ...
- Firefox Plugins: Automatic installation of Firefox plugins provided and validated by Ubuntu
- gnash: Free software implementation of Flash, available for 64-bit platforms
- NTFS writing: Read and write files on a Windows partition (including NTFS)
- GNOME Deskbar Applet: Central place for all search operations (local and web)
- GNOME Desktop Printer Installation: Just plug it in, configured fully automatically
- New faster version of Python.
- New version of gcc now supports OpenMP
- Much reduced power consumption / heat emmission
- Longer battery life
Btw, you can download Edubuntu 7.10 here.