I’m very excited about the release of Ubuntu Linux 5.10, the “Breezy Badger” edition . It has a number of improvements over the 5.04 “hoary hedgehog” version, including better menu administration, a more friendly startup splash screen and better multi-language support.
Even more exciting is the educational institution specific Edubuntu release , designed for use in educational institutions, the good thing about this is that it appears to be virtually perfect for schools, including some excellent open source programs that do the same, if not better, job than the equivalent commercial programs. With any luck I should be able to play with this at Dickson College sometime soon, especially seeing as we have a limit on our Windows XP licences and don’t really intend on increasing the number…considering the awful costs involved. The good thing here is that there is a high chance the staff and students will find it highly useful and want it installed in more locations, which can only be a good thing.
The lovely people at Ubuntu, financially backed by gazillionaire Mark Shuttleworth, give away Ubuntu CDs and DVDs for free, with free shipping and all. You can still download it from the downloads page , but I’ve ordered some CDs from them, and you can to by heading over to the ShipIt page .