Wednesday, March 28, 2007

5 great new features in Edubuntu

Now that Feisty's reached beta, everyone's blogging about all the great new features. Things like Migration assistant, Jamendo support in Rhythmbox, etc.

But what about that other great distro? The plucky little distro that's taking the classrooms by storm, Edubuntu, has some great new features as well. Checkitout:

  1. Much improved thin client sound: Ollie's been working his magic, and has ironed out a lot of the problems associated with sound on thin clients. A huge win for classrooms.

  2. Better documentation: Thanks to the Edubuntu doc team, we've now got more comprehensive docs on maintaining your Edubuntu network. Still more to do, but it's come a long way.

  3. Edubuntu is now on 2 CD's: At first blush, this seems to go against Ubuntu's "one CD" philosophy, but the payoff is huge. Edubuntu's being deployed in areas of the world where Internet access is slow, if it's available at all. Most software is handled by sharing CD's between people. Having Edubuntu on 2 CD's means that more langpacks can be included, for a better "out-of-the-box" experience for people around the world.

  4. Thin Client Manager: cbx33's put in a lot of work on TCM, and it's now a great way to manage your LTSP thin client network. Which, as an added bonus, comes already configured on an Edubuntu server!

  5. Updated educational content: The latest versions of such great programs as GCompris, KStars, etc. makes for a complete classroom experience! C'mon educators, check us out!

Edubuntu: "Y'know, it's for the kids"

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