Education, Education, Education…

My son has just moved from primary school to secondary school and thus, to help him on his way I bought him a laptop.

Whilst investigating further what software to buy him to run on the Windows side of the dual boot, I made a fantastic discovery… Edubuntu


Edubuntu is an official variant of Ubuntu and has been for a number of years.  It provides educational packages for the different stages your child will go through during their education –

  • preschool (less than 5 years old)
  • primary (5 – 11 years)
  • secondary (11 –  16)
  • tertiary (16+ years)

All was nicely wrapped together in a readily installable – if sizable ISO.  During installing you are prompted which category your child falls into and you can install one or more of the packages.

I would strongly recommend you use MD5SUM to test the integrity of the download you have made.  More-so – use zsync to guarantee the ISO download


You are offered also to install either the Unity interface of the more traditional gnome-fallback session.

If you already have ubuntu installed, you can use also install the packages directly from the software center or using:

sudo apt-get install package_name

The packages are:

  • ubuntu-edu-preschool
  • ubuntu-edu-primary
  • ubuntu-edu-secondary
  • ubuntu-edu-tertiary

Infact their is a certain overlap – so I installed both the primary and secondary packages.

Edubuntu is a hidden gem in the ubuntu family – go investigate further and give your kids the best that open-source can provide.