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A Little About Edubuntu

Edubuntu is a open-source Linux based operating system derived from Ubuntu for use in Educational environments, this its naming Edubuntu. Edubuntu is specially equiped for use in school and other educations environments. It features the easy to use Gnome desktop environment preloaded with Applications for any purpose, Administrators, General Users, Students, and Young Children. It offers you the ability to offer the Unity shell for children, or for net-books, and net-tops. In addition the LTSP is bundled with Edubuntu provide administrators, an inexpensive way of making use of old hardware, while maximizing new hardware. In this basics series we will cover many basic funtions of the operating system, and many Edubuntu specific features.

Pre-Install Checklist

Before you actually install Edubuntu you are going to want to make sure that you have done the following.

  1. Do You Have The Edubuntu Live DVD
  2. Have your Windows Install Disk (If Applicable) if anything goes wrong (all ways have something familiar to fall back to)
  3. Back Up Your Data Off Site
  4. When Dual Booting Windows Vista Or 7 always use the Windows Disk Management tool to partition your computer. Do not allow the Edubuntu installer to install Ubuntu Side  By Site. this is fine with Windows XP but may break Vista and 7.
  5. Have some way of getting help if something goes down hill. I.E. Another working computer.
  6. Make an account at ubuntuforums.org so you can post your problems there.

Edubuntu Live DVD [IMPORTANT!]

Before you can even consider installing Edubuntu you need an install DVD these are rather easy to obtain and or create using your computer’s DVD burner. Basically you need some kind of installation media. You are not limited to a DVD but you can also use a USB Flashdrive or a Memory Card. Below is the video tutorial covering the creation of an Ubuntu Live DVD from Windows. The concept is the exact same for Edubuntu but must be completed using DVD or large capacity USB flashdrive. For the tutorial below we will be using the Imgburn application. Download Imgburn Here . As for creating a Bootable USB Flashdrive please see this post.

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Installing Edubuntu

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This Ubuntu Video Tutorial covers the installation process of Edubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. This video uses the default settings to install Ubuntu as your default operating system. This is both the simplest and most effective way of using Ubuntu. Please be aware that by installing Ubuntu in the manor shown in this Video will completely erase any data stored on your hard drive. Backing up said data is a mandatory act if any data is being installed.

Edubuntu/Ubuntu Basics?

Due to the nature of Edubuntu it doesn’t make any sense to create new video tutorials for things that are exactly the same between the two operating systems. The videos below are designed to demonstrate the basics of using Ubuntu, but apply to Edubuntu as well.

Networking In Edubuntu/Ubuntu

Of course the first thing your going to want to do is to get networking set up. Ubuntu has great support for wired networking, but you may run into some problems with networking. Setting up networking is very easy once you have all the drivers installed, but if you don’t you may have a few problems with the wireless connections.

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Installing Updates In Edubunt/Ubuntu

This is the most important step after first installing Ubuntu. Because Ubuntu isn’t always completely stable after the first release you should immediately check for updates. This is actually quite easy and makes learning Ubuntu just a little bit easier.

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Installing Applications In Edubuntu/Ubuntu

Naturally after you go through the effort to install Ubuntu you are going to want to install replacement applications for those that you gave up when you switched. This is made easy by the Ubuntu Software Center. The Ubuntu Software Center should be fairly self explanatory, but for the sake of the Site I have to have a video

on it for those who might need it.

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Changing The Appearance Of Edubuntu/Ubuntu

This one may be the most fun of all the basics tutorials. It shows you the interface for customizing the look of Ubuntu. It is also convienently placed on the desktop. In the video below we will be looking at changing the Theme, Background, Font, and Visual Effects Levels of Ubuntu from the appearance settings manager. Note for Edubuntu there is another way of creating a user interface for a user group rather than an individual user.

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Configuring Chat & Email Accounts In Edubuntu/Ubuntu

Many of us still have some kind of client based email either though our ISP or for work thus we will be looking at configuring the email client in Ubuntu. We will also be looking at configuring the Chat Client Empathy, which is and optional step for most of us who have a web browser open at all times, but if you do configure it you will have access to many system notifications regarding your messaging. In this video tutorial we look at configuring both.

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Edubuntu Services:

Here we will cover many of the unique features that make Edubuntu perfect for an educational environment. These tutorials are a great place to start if your interested in configuring a computer for such a role.

Create a Custom Menu For Multiple Users

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It is a bear to create custom menus for every user who is going to use the computer, but if your going to restrict access to the applications then you need to right? We yes and no, you can create a single Menu Profile and apply it to multiple users. The video above covers this quite well.

Create Custom UIs For Multiple Users

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Say for example you want to provide a very easy to use interface for young children with big icons and fonts, as well as other fun graphics, you can create a UI Profile using the Sabayon Profile Manager, to create and apply these UIs to different students.

Content Filtering, and Parental Controls

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If you wish to limit the kinds of website you allow students to access then this is one way to do it. In the tutorial above we cover activating content filtering in the webbrowsers, but you can also adjust when users can and can’t use there accounts as well, and limit there access to internet and instant messanging as well.

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Install Edubuntu 10.04

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This tutorial aims to teach you how to install Edubuntu. Edubuntu is a derivetive of Ubuntu, but instead of a change to the Window Manager, we get a simplified theme and a plethora of applications for educational purposes. Bundled with a combination of Educational and Administrative tools it can be easily shaped into a powerful learning aid. The key goal of Edubuntu is to provide a simple learning environment for children. Gcompriz offers young children ages 5-7 a simple learning environment. Big buttons and voice explanations of the tasks. Growing up I gained access to computers in the third grade. Gritty old workstations with 8inch floppies. As a class we would sit around these things (we had two of them) and play word crunchers on these green monochrome proto-CRTs. The major problem was they weren’t intuitive, It wasn’t until I was in middle school before I actually was able to use a decent computer, by then I had gotten my first computer. The point is that young children need big buttons and touch support so they can just sit down and start learning. Edubuntu and Edubuntu Netbook Edition are perfect for that.

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