What is the user experience like on EdUBudgie Linux?
As EdUBudgie Linux aims to be used primarily by students and teachers, it includes several apps which are intended for usage in class along with many of the typical Ubuntu Budgie applications, and a few oddball programs that just seemed like they could be useful for students and staff.
Below you can find brief descriptions of some of the pre-installed programs found on EBL:
This the desktop that you will see when you first boot up EdUBudgie Linux and also shows the Raven panel with notifications, calendar, and audio player controls
EdUBudgie has a familiar-feeling file explorer that any Windows, Macos, or Linux user will find easy to navigate, along with a quick panel for getting to your folders in a flash
The default browser in EBL is Chromium-based so anyone with a Google Chrome account can sign-in and be up and running in no time
The Geary email application is a full-featured Linux alternative to Microsoft Outlook and, once logged into Online Accounts in the Settings menu, you will find this all setup and ready for you
EBL comes with a basic calendar built-in which will show you events from any of your online accounts along with a few days worth of local weather for your convenience
You will find most of your settings in an easy-to-use menu with plenty of options for new and seasoned users alike
The main menu is the default Budgie main menu which works quite well for most users and should be familiar for those coming from a Windows-based machine
The WPS Office suite is a free alternative to Microsoft Office with some very nice features and great compatibility with Microsoft's products
Scribus is software for creating publishable documents such as brochures, pamphlets, calendars, etc., and is a nice companion app to LibreOffice or WPS Office as it can be used in place of Microsoft Publisher
This compilation includes a rather generic-looking but easy-to-use dictionary for quickly finding the meaning of a term and so that you can rely a bit less on Google to do so
Blender is a 3D modeling and animation software that has a ton of features and is used by professionals worldwide
DarkTable is made for editing photo files and comes with many tools to give your photos a professional touch
Dia Diagram Software
Dia can be used to make tons of different diagrams, brainstorms, process and workflow models, and much, much more and can be thought of as a decent replacement for Microsoft Visio
Gimp Image Editor
Gimp is a fantastic image creator and editor which would probably be best described as somewhere far above Microsoft Paint but without quite everything that Adobe Photoshop has in terms of features (and for that matter, confusion too!)
InkScape Vector Graphics Editor
InkScape is an image editor made specifically for vector graphics such as the icons on your desktop among other things, though InkScape can handle more than just .svg files too
EDrawMind Brainstorming App
EDrawMind is a wonderful process and workflow application along the line of Microsoft Visio that is perhaps a bit more reliant on templates than Dia but similar in terms of usage
Online Accounts Integration
With Ubuntu's Online Accounts integration you can log in to your Google, Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., profiles and EdUBudgie will automatically setup your email, calendar, contacts, and much more!
LibreCAD is a free AutoCAD alternative used for creating 2D CAD models for engineering students among others
KWord Quiz Flash Cards
KWord Quiz is made for creating flashcards for use in basically all aspects of education either by students or teachers to test key concepts such as vocabulary, rules, important dates, etc.
Geany Code Editor
Geany is a full-featured code editor and is the favorite of many coders today, not only in the world of Linux
Scratch uses the popular Scratch programming language with an easy-to-understand graphical interface to introduce students to programming
Feed Reader for RSS Feeds
Feed Reader is an easy-to-use RSS feed reader which allows for the user to login to accounts that they already have with many popular RSS reader software already such as Feedly among others
BASIC 256 is a BASIC emulator to either run older programs originally created in BASIC or to create new and innovative programs in the simple-to-learn language
KGeography Quiz App
KGeography is a simple geography tool showing the main characteristics of any location such as the capital, states or provinces, etc., of a given location with the capability to make quick quizzes for use by students or in class by teachers
Calibre EBook Suite
Calibre is an ebook suite that supports many formats of ebooks and can convert from one format to another, organize your library, and open the world of digital books up to the user in a way that few other ebook programs can do
Qalculate is not your typical calculator app (which is also included in EBL) as Qalculate has some very advanced features such as integration and differentiation among many, many, many, more and can use variables, built-in values such as pi, and of course standard numbers, too
Kalzium Chemistry Helper
Kalzium is a chemistry applicatin with a ton of uses ranging from simply giving the typical characteristics of any of the elements to telling about the radioactivity of them to even helping the user to balance chemical equations quickly and easily and should be included with any chemistry teacher's or student's toolkit
KigPlot is another plotting tool with features similar to GeoGebra and KAlgebra but which may be preferable due to the way that the user interacts with the software in a simple, meaningful way
TI Linking Software
TI calculators are heavily used in schools today and this software allows the user to link their computer to their calculator to send over programs, notes, etc., just as one would with the Windows application
KAlgebra is a plotting tool used to chart graphs of simple and complex functions alike
GeoGebra is a well-known mathematics tool and is included in the standard EdUBudgie installation because it is so widely used in schools these days
Many more packages exist in the Ubuntu software center for download as well as in .deb format from other places online for easy installation. The user can also install packages in other popular formats as he or she requires.
Your help with package selection is greatly appreciated. Feel free to contact me with any thoughts, concerns, requests, or simple comments about the packages chosen for inclusion or to make suggestions by clicking the link above or by checking out my contact page.