Ubermix is the operating system for most of the district’s netbooks. It is a special, education-focused build of Linux.  Everything you could ever want to know about Ubermix can be found at the ubermix.org website.

Some basic information, quick reference style, is below:

How to use the quick recovery features

One of the key features of this custom build is the ability to quickly recover from problems and restore the system to a default state. This process is relatively non-destructive, as all of the user’s files can be retained, should you so choose. To perform a quick restore, perform the following steps:

  1. If the machine is already off, press the power button to turn it on. If it is running, press the power button and choose “Restart” from the menu that appears.
  2. Immediately after you see the system’s splash screen the screen will go black for about 3 seconds – press ESC during those 3 seconds to enter the boot menu. Be prepared – you will only have 3 seconds to press the ESC key.
  3. When you see the following screen, choose “Restore Factory Settings”
  4. After a few moments, you will see the following screen. Choose your option (usually will be “1”)
  5. Follow any additional directions on the screen.

In a few seconds (literally) your netbook will be reset to a standard configuration.