Canonical Limited officially released the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system – Ubuntu 10.10 (Edubuntu 10.10) at 10:10:10 UTC on the 10th October, 2010.
Edubuntu 10.10, codenamed "Maverick Meerkat" is now available for download.
According to Canonical, “Focused on home and mobile computing users, Ubuntu 10.10 introduces an array of online and offline applications to Ubuntu Desktop Edition with a particular focus on the personal cloud. Ubuntu Netbook Edition users will experience an all-new desktop interface called ‘Unity’ -- specifically tuned for smaller screens and computing on the move.”
The worlds most popular Linux operating system gains many notable improvements and upgrades since the release of Ubuntu 10.04 Long Term Support back in April this year.
- With version 10.10, Edubuntu builds on the work done in the previous version. Changes that occurred in Ubuntu 10.10 are also reflected in Edubuntu.
- LTSP installation as well as the Netbook interface are now installable directly from the installer, allowing a much more intuitive installation process.
- Unity now replaces the Ubuntu Netbook Launcher as the netbook interface, it is designed from the ground up to provide a superior user experience for smaller displays.
- Edubuntu Menu Editor has undergone bug fixing and now has documentation available.
- Gnome Nanny provides teachers and parents with a method of controlling how kids use a computer. It also includes basic content filtering.
- New wallpapers are included from various artwork communities.
- Language support has been expanded, allowing you to use Edubuntu in more than 142 languages.
Download : Ubuntu 10.10
What is Ubuntu?
Ubuntu is an open-source alternative to Windows and Office.
Ubuntu ("humanity towards others") and is distributed as free and open source software with additional proprietary software available. Ubuntu provides an up-to-date, stable operating system for the average user, with a strong focus on usability and ease of installation. Web statistics suggest that Ubuntu's share of Linux desktop usage is near 60%,and upward trending usage as a web server.
Ubuntu is composed of many software packages, of which the vast majority are distributed under a free software license (also known as open source). The main license used is the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) which, along with the GNU Lesser General Public License (GNU LGPL), explicitly declares that users are free to run, copy, distribute, study, change, develop and improve the software. Ubuntu is sponsored by the UK-based company Canonical Ltd., owned by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth. By keeping Ubuntu free and open source, Canonical is able to utilize the talents of community developers in Ubuntu's constituent components. Instead of selling Ubuntu for profit, Canonical creates revenue by selling technical support and from creating several services tied to Ubuntu.
Canonical endorses and provides support for three additional Ubuntu-derived operating systems: Kubuntu, Edubuntu and Ubuntu Server Edition. There are several other derivative operating systems including local language and hardware-specific versions.
Canonical releases new versions of Ubuntu every six months and supports Ubuntu for eighteen months by providing security fixes, patches to critical bugs and minor updates to programs. LTS (Long Term Support) versions, which are released every two years, are supported for three years on the desktop and five years for servers. The latest version of Ubuntu, 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), was released on April 29, 2010.