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Edubuntu: Linux for education

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Edubuntu is the Ubuntu distribution's educational variant. It provides a software platform that allows educators to spend more time teaching with computers and less time managing them. In addition to Linux and the typical productivity software, Edubuntu provides the organisational package SchoolTool and educational programs for children between preschool and high school, with three age groups within this demographic, each with their own relevant settings.

When it was first released in October 2005, Edubuntu was designed to serve as a desktop and server combination for a single school classroom of 6- to 18-year-olds. Today the project is working on catering to entire schools. Thanks in part to Edubuntu being the first distribution to utilise the the newest version of the Linux Terminal Server Project, LTSP5, and associated maintainer tools, schools will be able to manage school-wide implementations with greater ease than before.

The current development cycle will see additional adaptations for older students, thanks to the developers' decision to expand Edubuntu to be a two-CD kit. New applications on the second CD will include QCad, a 2-D Computer Assisted Drafting program, and Rasmol, a molecule virtualisation tool. Additionally, the Xfce desktop, a popular request, will also be provided on the disc.

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