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I have always used Edubuntu rather than Ubuntu because I have many children including home educated ones who casually use the education offerings. I appreciate many but not all of the extra offerings. I never got beyond 8.04.4 LTS, so am considering updating. I note now with Edubuntu 12.04 it is >2GB i.e.4 times bigger, even apparently using squashfs. I do now have to consider whether the extra resources are worth it in each computer in my household.

I am sick of reading over and over again 'Edubuntu is Ubuntu with extras such as blah blah', and in a different place the same thing but with a different blah blah. I downloaded Edubuntu 12.04 and ran it 'live'.

Can't say I got on at all with the Unity Interface (this can be changed when installed), but the apparent education stuff seemed quite small and pathetic, I am obviously not finding it. Is there anywhere a FULL LIST of what Edubuntu has pre-installed has over Ubuntu, so a sensible decision can be made whether to go for it, or just add packages that look relevant to me to Ubuntu.

Is there truly no other difference between Ubuntu/Edubuntu but the extra educational packages? (I for example have no school server, but if I understood exactly what is involved, with the number of computers in the house, it may be worth creating one!)

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The Edubuntu website has a FAQ on this that points to a virtual tour so it might be a bit easier to see what Edubuntu is all about:

Take the tour of Edubuntu. There are many school-related applications installed by default, including TuxPaint, TuxMath, and TuxTyping, among others. Edubuntu can also refer to the Classroom LTSP server, which is a thin client based system.

And indeed, Edubuntu is Ubuntu with some extra packages specifically targeted on education for young people. You can yourself install Ubuntu, add these 4 packages and except for the background you should have Edubuntu installed:

Packages

  • ubuntu-edu-preschool - Preschool (< 5 years old)

    • blinken KDE version of the Simon electronic memory game
    • gamine an interactive game for young children
    • gcompris Educational games for small children
    • kanagram jumble word puzzle for KDE
    • khangman Hangman word puzzle for KDE
    • ktuberling stamp drawing toy
    • tuxpaint A paint program for young children
  • ubuntu-edu-primary - Primary (ages 6-12)

    • celestia-gnome real-time visual space simulation (GNOME frontend)
    • gcompris Educational games for small children
    • kalzium periodic table and chemistry tools for KDE
    • kanagram jumble word puzzle for KDE
    • kbruch fraction learning aid for KDE
    • khangman Hangman word puzzle for KDE
    • kig interactive geometry tool for KDE
    • kmplot mathematical function plotter for KDE
    • ktouch touch typing tutor for KDE
    • ktuberling stamp drawing toy
    • kturtle Logo educational programming environment for KDE
    • kwordquiz flashcard learning program for KDE
    • laby Learn how to program with ants and spider webs
    • lybniz mathematical function graph plotter
    • marble globe and map widget
    • parley vocabulary trainer for KDE
    • ri-li a toy train simulation game
    • stellarium real-time photo-realistic sky generator
    • step interactive physical simulator for KDE
    • tuxmath math game for kids with Tux
    • tuxpaint A paint program for young children
    • tuxtype Educational Typing Tutor Game Starring Tux
  • ubuntu-edu-secondary - Secondary (ages 13-18)

    • calibre e-book converter and library management
    • celestia-gnome real-time visual space simulation (GNOME frontend)
    • dia-gnome Diagram editor (GNOME version)
    • inkscape vector-based drawing program
    • kalzium periodic table and chemistry tools for KDE
    • kbruch fraction learning aid for KDE
    • kig interactive geometry tool for KDE
    • kmplot mathematical function plotter for KDE
    • ktouch touch typing tutor for KDE
    • ktuberling stamp drawing toy
    • kturtle Logo educational programming environment for KDE
    • kwordquiz flashcard learning program for KDE
    • laby Learn how to program with ants and spider webs
    • lightspeed Shows how objects moving at relativistic speeds look like
    • lybniz mathematical function graph plotter
    • marble globe and map widget
    • melting compute the melting temperature of nucleic acid duplex
    • parley vocabulary trainer for KDE
    • pencil animation/drawing software
    • ri-li a toy train simulation game
    • stellarium real-time photo-realistic sky generator
    • step interactive physical simulator for KDE
  • ubuntu-edu-tertiary - Tertiary (university level)

    • calibre e-book converter and library management
    • celestia-gnome real-time visual space simulation (GNOME frontend)
    • dia-gnome Diagram editor (GNOME version)
    • inkscape vector-based drawing program
    • kalzium periodic table and chemistry tools for KDE
    • kmplot mathematical function plotter for KDE
    • ktouch touch typing tutor for KDE
    • kturtle Logo educational programming environment for KDE
    • laby Learn how to program with ants and spider webs
    • lightspeed Shows how objects moving at relativistic speeds look like
    • lybniz mathematical function graph plotter
    • marble globe and map widget
    • melting compute the melting temperature of nucleic acid duplex
    • pencil animation/drawing software
    • stellarium real-time photo-realistic sky generator
    • step interactive physical simulator for KDE
    • yorick interpreted language and scientific graphics

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Thank you very much indeed -excellent answer –  Richard Kemp Jun 20 '12 at 17:11

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