Edubuntu 11.04 Alpha 2 Released

New Development Release

Edubuntu 11.04 (codenamed: Natty Narwhal) is the next version of Edubuntu due for release in April 2011. Development on the system is in full swing and today marks the second tested installable development version. It is still in a very early state and has known problems, it is not recommended for anything else than testing and experimental purposes for people who are interested in Edubuntu development.


The DVD ISO image is available for download from:

Release Notes

What's New in this Alpha?

  • The Gartoon icon theme has been replaced by the much improved Gartoon Redux icon theme
  • A selection of fonts have been added via the edubuntu-fonts meta-package
  • Live environments now have a live welcome greeter
  • Edubuntu now has a text Plymouth theme that displays "Edubuntu" instead of "Ubuntu" with Edubuntu colours
  • Yorick and Lightspeed has been added to tertiary selection
  • Lightspeed has been added to the secondary selection meta-package
  • Arkose, Tuxguitar, Opendict and Grokking the Gimp has been added to the desktop meta-package
  • Stellarium replaces Kstars
  • Geogebra replaces Kalgebra
  • The iTalc link has been removed from the Live system since iTalc does not work on Live systems
  • Menu cleanup has begun, some entries have better descriptions and icons now

Known Issues:

  • AMD64 is uninstallable out of the box due to a bug in Webkit, please remove the ubiquity-slideshow-edubuntu package before starting the installation process. (LP: 710582)
  • The Edubuntu live welcome greeter currently crashes on AMD64 due to a Webkit bug present on this platform. (LP: 710582)
  • iTalc crashes soon after startup on live sessions (LP: #438637)
  • Certain Edubuntu packages are removed when they shouldn't be (LP: #711904)
  • Update manager prompts for file changes on unchanged sudoers file (LP: #711918)
  • LTSP won't work due to a nbd-client issue and a gnome-session issue. A workaround exists by removing /opt/ltsp//usr/share/ldm/rc.d/I01-nbd-update from the chroot and running "sudo ltsp-update-image". Once that's done, make sure to always select "Classic Desktop" as session type or login will fail. (LP: #711951)
  • The Unity session in Edubuntu is still work in progress, it's recommended to test using the Ubuntu Classic Desktop from the login screen instead.
  • The Installer slideshow still shows that Edubuntu 10.10 is being installed, this has no impact on the installed system and the slideshow will be updated for the next alpha release
  • Edubuntu is currently reviewing package selections, some packages installed in this release will not be in the final release.

For more information on this Alpha release, including non-Edubuntu specific bugs and features, please refer to the Natty Narwhal Technical Overview wiki page. We strongly recommend reading this, since there are bugs that will result in data loss under certain circumstances.

Edubuntu follows the Ubuntu release schedule, for more information on the roadmap to release, please refer to the Release Schedule.