For at least the last year and a half we've been talking about upgrading the existing Ubuntu 9.04 build to 10.04.
The biggest issues we have revolve around the (now very seriously) outdated Camara edu pack material - particularly Wikipedia.
At the moment in the Dublin workshop I have a build being tested. It has Amharic language support as downloaded from the standard repositories but for all I know this could be gibberish!
Some technical notes:
The existing 9.04 install is based on a preseeded / scripted installation,is fully automated and will work on very very old hardware (as low as Pentium 3 with 384MB RAM). But it's very slow to install (one or two hours), must be installed from a network server or single optical disk, and is a complete nightmare to develop.
The 10.04 installation I've built is based around remastersys, which is much easier to develop around and is more flexible. I don't know if a Pentium 4 with 512MB RAM will be sufficient: this is something that has to be tested. My own testing showed that installing the remastersys build is relatively slow (45 to 90 minutes) and puts a lot of strain on the network.
So what I've done is put the remastersys build on to a small virtual machine (18GB hard drive and 2GB RAM) and cloned it with clonezilla. There's a pxe insance of clonezilla on the workshop server that users can use to put the image on to a target machine. We were already using clonezilla for processing Windows machines. The install process takes about 10 to 15 minutes or so. Before making a clone image you should delete the 70-persistent-net-rules file from /etc/undev/rules.d directory, and I usually do 'sudo touch /forcefsck' to make sure the hard drive gets checked after restore. I've placed a copy of this image in my webspace if you want to look at it, but please bear in mind that it's about 8GB in size and is NOT approved for release.
Before you ask, if you want to be installing Windows for schools you will have to contact Microsoft Africa in Nairobi Kenya.
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