Recently, some students developed a GPL project named Ubun-student. It is designed for students. It provides the following functionality:
Ubun-student tries to simplify software installation process. It automatically download software packages, unpack them, start the installation process, and create shortcut icons after installation.
Ubun-student helps to search the fastest apt server. Many universities have set up Ubuntu apt mirrors. And students want to choose the fastest apt server from many candidates. By Ubun-student, students can type in server names and get server response time.
Ubun-student simplifies apt source configuration process. Many softwares are provided in launchpad. Google and other companies also provide softwares. To use these third party repositories, one may have to edit apt source and import the gpg key. Ubun-student tries to simplify this process. It displays repository webpages, repository speed and repository content.
Ubun-student supports offline installation mode. Software packages can be cached into personal computer. If files are cached, Ubun-student will use them directly without downloading from the Internet.
By Ubun-student, you can easily install common used professional softwares.
How to install:
Open web page http://groups.google.com/group/ubun_student_user . Download "ubun-student-10.04.deb" and install it.
Install downloaded .deb package using the following command
sudo dpkg -i ubun-student-9.10.deb
An shortcut icon will appear in the "Application"->"System tool" menu.
Or download "ubun-student-10.04.tar.gz" and install it by "./configure ; make ; make install"