View Full Version : Edubuntu needs your feedback ( default app selection)

January 18th, 2007, 11:02 PM

As a part of Edubuntu Feisty's development the Edubuntu team is introducing a 2nd installation disc that will hold educational applications for young children/elementery, highschool, and university level users. It will also allow for much more language support and improved server features. The specification (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/EdubuntuOnTwoCDs) has more details as to the exact design.

What we would like from you is what appplications we should ship as default for these categories. All of the existing educational apps that Edubuntu ships will be there so we are looking for additional educational apps.

The current candidates (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/JordanMantha/EdubuntuMIRCandidates) are on the wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/JordanMantha/EdubuntuMIRCandidates.

So please look over the list above and feel free to reply here with additional candidates or even reasons why ones already on the list shouldn't be.


the candidate has to be from the Universe repo.
it needs to not be a duplicate of something else that is already shipped (i.e. we don't need 2 calculator apps)
it will need to pass a security audit so if it has known unresolved security problems it's probably not the best candidate

Thank you very much.


January 19th, 2007, 12:34 AM
i have to admit to being biased (i am one of the developers), but maybe lybniz (http://lybniz2.sourceforge.net/).

its a graph plotter, so you can plot things like sin(x), or 2x^2 + 3x -4. its pretty simple to use.

it has only just got into the feisty universe , but there are deb package that work on dapper and edgy on the lybniz download page (https://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=172470) if you want to try it.

January 19th, 2007, 02:40 AM
I would strongly recommend Bibus and r-recommended.

January 19th, 2007, 10:05 PM
I second lybniz as a possible candidate. It is quite useful.

Laserjock, I was told that Barry DeFresse made package for bkchem. I did't find it in universe (feisty), so it doesn't meet your criteria, but you are probably better informed about the packaging progress. If there are any plans to have bkchem in feisty universe, it would probably be a good candidate for Edubuntu.

January 22nd, 2007, 04:58 AM
For university mathematics (I teach it) I would recommend Qalculate! It is a veritable goldmine of basic to advanced math.

January 22nd, 2007, 01:57 PM
For Electrical Engineering, the MATLAB clone Octave would be nice.

January 23rd, 2007, 10:03 PM
gnuplot, Cabri alternative, IP Coach alternative, Mathematice/Derive Alternative.

i'm not sure if there is free linux alternative for IP Coach, Mathematica and Derive. :(

January 26th, 2007, 03:12 PM
If this is for University level too, you may want some programing options, like Blufish or Nvu (I would bo with Bluefish, but Nvu is a WYSIWYG, so it may be the better oprion), something to code on (an editor) in Java or etc... and tools to compile from source. For the learning user I am not sure that wat comes native is the best option.

January 27th, 2007, 10:58 PM
I'm studying in a MPP program and doing all the school work with Ubuntu very comfortably. Applications I recommend are:

LyX: Just better than other alternatives.
Pybliographic: I prefer this to JabRef and it is being actively developed.
Beamer: Serious presentation. Works with LyX.
R: Can be used as a calculator, plotter, and spread sheet manipulator as well.
Octave: I need Matlab for numerical analysis (good source-level compatibility).
Maxima+TeXmacs: Symbolic math; I'm seeking for better solution.

[NOTE] I don't know how much Edubuntu team cares about internationalization, but most latex front ends have little or non CJK support (and pdflatex doesn't work well).

February 2nd, 2007, 09:41 PM
As a statistician, R is a must have. Ideally, include the html help files by default.