New Linux distro for high school education

A Clone on a Mission

Article from Issue 247/2021
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EdUBudgie Linux is an Ubuntu clone created by a teacher and aimed directly at the education market.

EdUBudgie Linux [1] is a distribution based on Ubuntu Budgie [2] but specifically tailored for use in high schools. I am an English teacher, and I put this project together with high school education in mind – although many first and second year university students may also find it suitable.

I started with the standard Budgie offering and added or removed packages based on their applicability to high school education. The education-focused IT market is a crowded one, and in deciding how to build and market this distribution I carefully considered package selection, initial setup, post-install system administration, the learning curve needed, and finally performance and longevity. With all that in mind, I did make some compromises in the build that I will discuss shortly.

I have intended EdUBudgie Linux to be as simple to learn as possible and not a distracting or overly complex distribution. My goal was to offer an operating system that could be used out of the box without needing to use the command line for setup, while still including all of the programs and pre-configured settings needed by a typical high school student or teacher.

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