After several weeks of preparing the images for cloning based on Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS they are now available for download and tests. A big Thank You goes to the MATE developer team and Javier and Thomsen, Labdoo (Germany) for their important contribution to these images.
If you check out the images you will find more "evolution than revolution", so there are new features and improvements, but being close to what users and you are used to from former releases. Users or classes using former and this actual release at a school can use both without problems and use mixed installations.
Linux, Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS, Technology
We use release Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS, the Long Term Support (LTS) of Ubuntu, which is supported until April 2023 https://ubuntu-mate.org/
As Labdoo is using the MATE desktop since 2016, it was was already well accepted and used in the 16.04 LTS and 18.04 LTS releases. In the previous releases we used Lubuntu with LXDE desktop and added MATE as an additional desktop. But with Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS we will drop LXDE and Lubuntu and will only use MATE.
MATE is asking a bit more resources than LXDE, but not as much as other desktops. So it will be also a good choice for older, donated laptops. Read about new features of MATE here https://ubuntu-mate.org/blog/.
The LXDE desktop, you might have used in 18.04 LTS and earlier, is not available anymore in 20.04 LTS images, as we use now Ubuntu MATE instead of Lubuntu as technical platform. Please note that Lubuntu support Lubuntu 18.04 LTS ends in summer 2020. The images for Cloning 18.04 LTS will soon be updated for a last time and then be moved to image archive http://ftp.labdoo.org/download/archive/. Due to capacity of our FTP server we will remove same time the 16.04 LTS images for cloning soon.
Labdoo created the Labdoo images in a way that our student in edoovillages don't have to start from the scratch.
It is recommended to use Core2-CPUs and 2 GB RAM (drop single core CPUs), even it will work with older laptops and less RAM. But performance will be poor.
No 32 Bit MATE available, so no 32 Bit Images available for 20.04 LTS ff.
As MATE stopped to offer its operating system 20.04 LTS in a 32 Bit version, Labdoo is also not able to deliver 32 Bit images. most Linux distributions and software companies already did. E.g. there is no 32 Bit Skype etc. available.
As donated 32 Bit laptops were produced ca. until late 2007 and are now at least more than 14 years old, we should also close the 32 Bit chapter. You will still find 32 Bit images for cloning based on 18.04 LTS in our archive, but they are not maintained anymore.
We are aware that Labdoo will not be able to install and use some of donated 32 Bit laptops, but donated 32 Bit laptops are decreasing. Time is on our side and the capacity of donated IT is becoming better and better ;)
And like other operating system the hardware requirements are increasing from release to release. But being able to re-use ca. up to 13 years old laptops is a great success. Other OS are not able to be run on such old laptops...
New password for User labdoo (Administrator)
IMPORTANT: To log-in as user labdoo you need the new password: labdooadmin
Due to user feed back we dropped the character "_", as all other letters are (more or less) in the same place on a keyboard, but "_" is in different places depending on the language specific keyboard layout.
The new password was also added by user requests to avoid log-in as admin and corrupting the system by mistake. The wikis were updated. We recommend to enclose some additional information, e.g. the printed wikis or an extra note for the teachers.
Below you can download and print labels to be added to deliveries based on 20.04 LTS, if you like.
Desktop Layouts, make desktop look similar to other OS
MATE 20.04 LTS comes with a feature to make the desktop (user interface) look similar to other operating systems. So you can train users how it will look similar to Windows or macOS. For details check out the links below for wiki pages, video tutorials and PDF manuals. As user requested to pre-set the desktop "Redmond" (similar to Windows) as the default desktop design, which is already considered in all 20.04 LTS images uploaded.
Updated wikis, PDFs and tutorial
Our wiki pages were updated to suit for 18.04 LTS and 20.04 LTS needs and to explain the new features and additional software (e.g. GIMP was added to 20.04 LTS images).
The video tutorials were not updated. There is only one new video tutorial explaining a few new features within 20.04 LTS:
Those videos and wikis (PDF) are already part of the images for cloning Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS.
How to find updated wiki pages
We marked wiki pages by [Update 20.04 LTS]. Search on our web-site for this text to find modified wiki pages.
As the size of wikis and content is increasing we had to modify the image fitting on 80 GB disks. Some archives could not be included anymore, but can be added manually (Fantastic Phonics Children, Siyavula Math and Physical Science Textbooks).
And we were asked to add the English language course and English Wikipedia for Schools to the French and Spanish image (which we did).
Our image team is always open to your suggestions. If a specific content is of high interest for you and you want to become it part of an image or to drop it.
As Labdoo helpers in Spain install the Spanish images manly on laptops with Spanish keyboards, the internal keyboard (setting in /etc/default/keyboard) is already pre-set to Spanish. So it is not necessary to modify the keyboard layout file (sudo nano /etc/default/keyboard) for Spanish keyboards and Spanish image. The Spanish image can be installed on a 120 GB disk.
2 great books about Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS
Want to read more about Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS? Larry Bushey and the MATE team can us access to the most actual books about MATE and its software. These books are also part of all 20.04 LTS images:
Ubuntu MATE - A Guide for Computer Users, Upgrading from Windows or macOS
Using Ubuntu MATE and Its Applications - Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS Edition
Feedback, issues already noticed
Please send your feedback to Labdoo-D [ät] Labdoo.org (suggestions, wishes, problems found etc). Please keep in mind, that these images for cloning have to fit to the needs of many countries, helpers, projects and pupils world-wide. So if you need a very specific image for your local need it might be better to create an individual image for cloning in some minutes work by yourself...
Known issues, Planned update or patches
Some minor issues are already noted, e.g. missing icon for "volume" in the task bar on MATE desktop. Here we have to wait for fixes of MATE or the additional plug-ins or programs installed.
Login as guest: You will see the error "Could not update ICEauthority file /run/user/998/ICEauthority". Just click on "close / Schliessen",wait a while and you will be get to the desktop of guest user. We are working on this issue.