What should become of Edubuntu?

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  1. Please CC me on the mailing list thread and I’ll see that the Canonical part of this gets answered

  2. Interestingly enough, there is still interest in Edubuntu in my home country and I still get emails about it (deployments and stuff). Just a few minutes ago, I received an email pleading to update the documentation which I quote:

    “The main problem for me currently is that I cannot find one definitive source of information for Edubuntu and LTSP. The handbook is really old and many things in it seem dated. Notably running local apps, which seems to have gotten easier in Edubuntu 9.04, yet all sources expect the release announcement do not seem to reflect this. But this is only one small thing that is bugging me.”

    So I figured that I still receive these emails because the site itself is not updated. But I’m not blaming anyone for this. The project has lost steam when it didn’t get enough acceptance, either because the lack of resources or it just didn’t fit much into most deployments. I’ve been doing my work mostly on Sugar nowadays in my free time in my local community and we still go back to the question of “this might be more useful in an LTSP/Edubuntu” perspective.

    I really planned to do a blog reply to your post but I felt this is just barking publicly and not do anything, nor expect anything at all. I would still be keen on doing my part for this project if there are clear cut goals to be set.

    Just a trivia, it was actually during UDU in Sydney that the concept of Edubuntu was presented, with Jeffrey Elkner and company and I was in that meeting but it was during that sprint in London that something actually happened in terms of code and stuff because Mark prioritized it I think.

  3. @Jerome:

    Actually changes to LTSP have been release noted but in Edubuntu’s release notes, not Ubuntu’s. Though I admit I/we could have spent more time preparing it, it actually was done the night before the release and was then simply copy/pasted on Edubuntu’s website.
    Most LTSP users come from the Edubuntu world even if it’s now part of Ubuntu alternate, they’re still looking for information about LTSP on Edubuntu’s website or in Edubuntu’s IRC channel.
    I also admit that I’m not good at writing wiki documentation, Scott was good at maintaining it but for Jaunty I guess nobody really worked on it, would be great to find someone with time and who’s willing to update both the wiki and the handbook with latest features.

  4. Johannes says:

    Edubuntu runs on a few schools I know. It would be a bad thing if it would disappear! Thanks for this article.

  5. Hunter says:

    We are distributing edubuntu to children in Texas and hope to broaden our program in the coming year. In light of the lack of user-level documentation, we are developing our own curriculum and will share it with the community when we are finished.

  6. Our team [1] mantain a educational version of Ubuntu (currently based on 9.04) called Guadalinex Edu [2][3] that is going to be used in +1500 schools, +225.000 computers and used daily by +500.000 students and teachers.

    Until this release of Guadalinex Edu we were not working directly over Ubuntu base, but now that we use Ubuntu as mother distribution, we hope we can collaborate with Edubuntu project as much as possible.

    We will attend to Karmic UDS in Barcelona next week to contact Edubuntu team people in order to get some advice to begin collaboration with Edubuntu project.

    [1] http://www.launchpad.net/~cgateam
    [2] http://www.guadalinexedu.org
    [3] https://launchpad.net/guadalinexedu

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