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Edubuntu 23.04: Ubuntu Packed Educational Distro
Edubuntu 23.04 has released on April 20th as an official Ubuntu flavor based on Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster). Edubuntu, formerly known as Ubuntu Education Edition, is being maintained by the developers of Ubuntu Studio’s official derivative.
The last time Edubuntu was released several years ago as a part of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, but the educational flavor of Ubuntu Linux is finally back and hopefully here to stay for years to come.
Since Edubuntu is based on Ubuntu Desktop Edition, it will feature the GNOME desktop environment. However, it uses the lightweight Geary email client instead of Mozilla Thunderbird, which is the default email client in the Ubuntu Desktop flavors.
This educational flavor is packed with several educational software for all types of students.
- GCompris: educational suite for younger children
- Inkscape: vector graphics editor
- Scribus: desktop publishing software
- TuxPaint: drawing program for children aged 3 to 12
- Stellarium: planetarium application
- Calibre: e-book managing software
Furthermore, Edubuntu 23.04 includes the LibreCAD computer-aided design application for 2D design, Gramps genealogy software, Tux Typing typing tutor, Dia diagram creation program, Chemtool app for drawing chemical structures, Gobby collaborative real-time editor, Drawing simple image editor, ulcc app for teaching children by pictures, Light Speed OpenGL-based program for illustrating the effects of special relativity on the appearance of moving objects, Fritzing CAD software, Laby tool to learn programming by playing with ants and spider webs, and PDF Mod simple PDF editor.
Edubuntu also comes with preinstalled games that help to boost memory and thinking skills for students.
- KHangMan: hangman game
- Blinken: memory-improving game
- Jigzo: jigsaw puzzle
- Ri-li: arcade game for kids
- GBrainy: brain exercise game
- Atomix: educational puzzle game
- Kanagram: game based on anagrams of words
- Tux Math: practice arithmetic operations
KDE educational suite
Edubuntu features the following software from the KDE educational suite.
- KAlgebra: algebraic graphing calculator
- Kalzium: provide information about the periodic table of elements
- KBruch: learn calculating with fractions and percentages
- KGeography: to learn geography
- Kig: interactive mathematics software for learning and teaching geometry
- Klavaro: touch typing tutor
- KLettres: learn and pronounce alphabets in a new language
- KmPlot: plot graphs of functions, their integrals or derivatives
- KTouch: typewriter trainer to learn touch typing
- KTurtle: learn how to program
- KWordQuiz: simple flashcard program
- Cantor: mathematics application for scientific statistics and analysis
- Marble: Virtual Globe to learn about Earth and Moon
- Rocs: IDE for designing and analyzing graph algorithms
- Step: physics simulation engine
Edubuntu has a new logo and comes with a number of education wallpapers to make it look educational-focused desktop. With its release on April 20th, Edubuntu has made a great comeback as an Ubuntu official flavor. However, it is available for 64-bit (amd64) systems only. It remains to be seen whether the developers will provide an ARM64 (AArch64) version.
The sources for this article include a story from 9to5Linux.com.