Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have questions about EdUBudgie Linux?

Below you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about EdUBudgie Linux but if there is something which is NOT addressed here that you would like to know more about please feel free to contact us and we may add your question with a response below!

What are the system requirements to run EdUBudgie Linux 20.04.02?

Minimum system requirements are as follows:

  • A 64-bit capable (x86_64) Intel processor with at least 2 cores running at least 1.2Ghz with or without HyperThreading or SMT

  • 4Gb of at least DDR3 1333Mhz memory

  • 32GB of solid state disk or hard drive disk space (16GB for the minimum installation)

  • Integrated graphics are normally adequate

  • This system CAN be installed alongside Windows or another version of GNU/Linux easily with the standard installation but can NOT be installed alongside an existing ChromeOS installation

These minimums make this a PERFECT replacement for ChromeOS on older Chromebooks that are no longer supported by Google but which are still running fine such as the Acer C720/P series among many others*. Of course, if the system being used is more powerful than this then it will run faster. Furthermore, solid state disks are strongly recommended over traditional hard disk drives. These are normally included with Chromebooks but are highly recommended for other computers as well.

Recommended system for running EdUBudgie:

  • A 64-bit capable (x86_64) Intel processor with at least 4 cores running at least 2.4Ghz with HyperThreading or SMT enabled

  • 8Gb of DDR4 2400Mhz or faster memory

  • 128GB of solid state disk space

  • A dedicated graphics processor from AMD or Nvidia with at least 2GB of video memory


*Note: The download website will include a link to a package for Chromebooks which needs to be run after installation to remap the keyboard and optimize the install for a Chromebook.

How much does EdUBudgie Linux 20.04.02 cost?

Nothing. But donations are highly appreciated :)

With that said, the EdUBudgie team cannot offer the support that some schools need and in those cases we highly recommend that you contact Canonical (the makers of Ubuntu and Budgie Ubuntu) to ask about support pricing. This is something that would be between the school and Canonical and is NOT something that the EdUBudgie team is involved in. Any support offered by the Ubuntu team would be subject to their terms and conditions entirely. The EdUBudgie team will take no liability nor responsibility for any problems that may occur whatsoever regardless of support.

Will this continue to be updated?

Yes. We will follow Ubuntu's lead on this which is why this is based on the 20.04 LTS (Long Term Support) build which will continue to be supported for another 5 years. At that point one can update to a newer version such as 22.04 or 24.04. New versions of EdUBudgie will follow behind their Ubuntu counterparts and will be released approximately every two years following Ubuntu.

For example, the next release of Ubuntu LTS with be the 22.04 edition. The next version of EdUBugie will be available shortly thereafter with EdUBudgie 22.04. the following release will be 24.04, 26.04, and so on, so long as Ubuntu continues to follow this release schedule with their LTS kernel edition. The current version will retain support until April of 2025. Version 22.04 will be supported until April of 2027. However, if Canonical decides in the future to change the Ubuntu LTS release schedule then the EdUBudgie release schedule will change along with it accordingly.

Do you support ARM-based Chromebooks?

Sadly, no, not at this point in time. However, feel free to visit the Donations page to help out the team financially so that we can invest in things such as suitable ARM-based development machines so that in the future this CAN be developed and offered.

Why didn't you include package XXYY.deb?

Because you didn't tell me that you needed it! But please use the Contact page to let me know what you would like to see in future version of EdUBudgie and it will be considered for future releases. Note that this OS is targeted at high school and university students and will NOT contain all of the packages that EdUbuntu contained as they are different projects with a different audience and with different educational needs overall, though some packages will likely be the same between the two.

Why is package XXYY.deb out of date?

Since EdUbuntu was mothballed back around 2015 some of these projects have fallen by the wayside it seems, with the package maintainers choosing to put their energy elsewhere. Perhaps with enough new users they will pick these projects back up in the future. We will do what we can to ensure compatibility and security but admittedly, some of these packages are a bit long-in-the-tooth.

Isn't this just another Ubuntu (Budgie) clone?

Yes. We cannot offer the support that they can which is a big part of the reason that a clone is a more suitable offering. What I CAN offer is a ready-to-go operating system with Linux's legendary hardware support and reliability and Ubuntu's packages and package management. Once installed, the user logs in, enters their info into the Online Accounts section of settings and into Google Chrome, and that is it. At that point they are ready to learn and create.

The IT admin who installs EdUBudgie Linux SHOULD update it initially to ensure that it has the most up-to-date versions of the included software, but that's a simple task AND that can be done at ANY time afterwards using Cockpit, so long as the student is on the same network as the IT admin and they have root access to the machine.

Ubuntu can offer support for a fee and We highly suggest going to them for a contract for support after the fact. We can offer only an out-of-the-box Linux experience which has been tailored to be suitable for 95% of high school and university students and can offer SOME support here and through the Contact page. Please see the Donations page to support the EdUBudgie team so that in the future we can support you more directly!

Can't I just install Ubuntu and these packages and end up with this same OS anyways?

Yes. But then again you could install Arch and create an even MORE targeted system for your students and educators. You could also use Linux From Scratch to make your own unique OS based on Linux. Or, for that matter, you could completely build your own Unix-like operating system truly done from scratch like Linus Torvalds did in 1991 when he created the first Linux release ever. This is a touch of sarcasm, of course.

The advantage here is that none of that work needs to be done after installation to have a complete working operating system and the programs that a typical student would need as it has already been done for you. THAT is the advantage of EdUBudgie over a raw Ubuntu install or another clone or distribution or flavor - that is the value-add. This becomes exponentially more important when considering that a typical IT team at a school has hundreds to thousands of machines to install this system on!