EDUBUNTU: IS AN OS FOR EDUCATION

Proud to provide Edbuntu DVD's to Educating for Africa's Future

As part of Educating for Africa's Future Summer Camp Mania 2016, Jahtoe Technology gave direction to use the Edubuntu OS for the camp's very successful Tech Day. Fred Uche, Adama Jallow, Musa Touray and Alex Muir all gave their time towards either burning DVDs or providing instruction to the children in a computer lab. Jahtoe Technology then burned and packaged 40 Edubuntu DVD's to be provided freely to the children in the camp.

What is Edubuntu?

Edubuntu, previously known as Ubuntu Education Edition, is an official derivative of the Ubuntu operating system designed for use in classrooms inside schools, homes and communities.

Edubuntu has been developed in collaboration with teachers and technologists in several countries. Edubuntu is built on top of the Ubuntu base, incorporates the LTSP thin client architecture and several education-specific applications, and is aimed at users aged 4 to18. It is designed for easy installation and ongoing system maintenance.

There is a great software package called GCompris which is aimed at 4 and above designed to teach children how to interact with a computer along with various problem solving games. Please view the screeshots of GCompris

Requirements and Preparation

This document describes installing Edubuntu 12.04 and above up until version 14.04.

Tech Support and Training

If you require training for you or someone within your family as to how to make the most of edubuntu for the children who will make use of the software or technical support to install Edubuntu please contact Jahtoe Technology to inquire for our Edubuntu training programs. We are proud to help your family start your kids the right way on a computer. Tablets are also a good method to get children into using computers and playing problem solving games without a mouse and keyboard.

System Requirements

For a Standalone Installation

  • Processor: of 1ghz or above
  • Memory: 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • Disk: 20GB of disk space depending on options

If you don't understand any of the above: Most computers made in the last 6 years should be fine, and many older computers too.

Installation Media

Download Edubuntu

If you haven't had a chance to download Edubuntu yet, visit the Edubuntu Downloads page

You will need a blank USB flash/hard disk with a capacity of 4GB or a blank DVD to write the Edubuntu image to.

Using a USB Disk

If you would like to use a USB disk for installation media, you will need to download unetbootin and follow the instructions they offer.

Using a DVD

You can use your favourite DVD burning software to write the image to a DVD. If you're using Ubuntu, you simply have to right-click on the file you have downloaded, click on "Write to disc..." and follow the on-screen instructions.

Set Computer to Boot from Media

Now that you have prepared your installation media, it's time to tell your computer to use it. When your computer starts up, it should start up from the installation media you have prepared. If it doesn't, you might have to press the "F12" button on your computer's keyboard to select it. This differs from computer to computer, it will usually display briefly which button you should press to achieve this. On some computers, you might have to enter it's configuration utility by pressing the delete or "F2" button. This also differs between computer manufacturers. For more information, refer to your computer's manual or feel free to contact our community lists for further assistance.

If your computer is an Apple computer, you will have to boot from a DVD and hold in the Alt key from the moment you have started it up. It will recognise the Edubuntu DVD as a Windows CD, click on it to proceed to the next step. If you would like to keep your OS X installation, you might prefer to use Bootcamp. Please refer to the Apple documentation provided with your system for further information on Bootcamp. Also, please note that only the 32bit DVD will work on Apple computers due to a bug in the Apple firmware.

Installation

Starting the Installation Process

Insert the selected installation media and start the computer up.
If you did everything correctly, you will be presented with the display below. We will include screenshots for the rest of the installation process. If you would like to see a bigger version of any of these screenshots, simply click on it.

 

Use the arrows on the keyboard to select a language and then press the Enter key. If your computer has less than 1GB of RAM, choose the "Install Edubuntu" option.

If you have chosen to try Edubuntu, you will be presented with an Edubuntu Desktop. To Install Edubuntu, double-click on the "Install Edubuntu" icon on the desktop. If you have chosen the "Install Edubuntu" option then the installer will start automatically without a desktop session.

Select Language

 

The rest of the installation should be quite intuitive. We recommend that you read the instructions anyway. Select your language and click on the Forward button. If you would like the system to be updated as part of the installation process, choose "Download updates while installing". This feature requires an Internet connection. If you would like to play certain types of media files or need additional hardware drivers, select "Install this third party software".

Edubuntu Options and Partitioning

 

On the Edubuntu options dialog, you will be able to select optional extras such as the Unity interface and LTSP. Unity is Ubuntu's default interface in 11.10. LTSP transforms your computer in to a terminal server, if you don't know what that is, you probably don't want it.

Next you'll be shown a list of all Edubuntu packages grouped by age range. You can unselect any that you think you won't need. These can always be added again using the Software Center.

On the Disk Setup page, you can choose how Edubuntu should be installed. Edubuntu installs a complete operating system to your computer. You can choose to install Edubuntu side-by-side with your existing operating system, erase the entire disk and start from scratch, or if you want a slightly more complicated set up, you can choose the advanced partitioning tool to specify custom partitioning.

Review Partitioning and Select Timezone

 

The installer will display a summary of the changes it plans to write to your disk. Review the changes and click on Forward.

Select your location. Note that the locations are divided into timezones, so it might not contain your town or city. If you are unsure, choose a city close to you that matches your timezone.

Select Keyboard Mapping and Enter User Details

 

Select the keyboard mapping you are using. Note that this may be different from your country or language setting. If you are unsure, click on "Figure out keyboard layout" and the installer will choose the correct keyboard layout based on your input.

In the user setup dialog, you will be requested to set up the administrator user on the system. The username cannot start with a number, and must be lowercase letters only. If you make mistakes, the installer will warn you about it. It is recommended that you require a password to log in to the system.

Installation Slideshow

 

The rest of the installation is automated, and will take between 15 and 30 minutes depending on the options you have selected and how fast your computer is. During the installation process, we present you with a slideshow to introduce you to Edubuntu.

Completion of Installation

When the installation completes, you can hit the "Continue Testing" button to continue using the Live environment, or the "Reboot" button to start up your new system.

Reboot machine

When you reboot your system, the installation media will eject and the system will prompt you to remove it and restart the computer. Remove the disc or USB disk and press enter to restart.