Debian-Edu: Skolelinux 3.0 Terra available for free download!
* Oslo - July 22., 2007
Skolelinux 3.0 is ready. This is a community release with comprehensive support from regional and national projects in Germany, Spain, France, Greece and Norway. The Skolelinux project is now a part of Debian under the name Debian-Edu. Several other projects have contributed additional functionality to Skolelinux, tailored for national needs. Skolelinux now supports 50 countries.
New in Skolelinux 3.0:
Full support for networked thin clients, LowFat (diskless) clients, workstations and laptops. With LowFat clients users have full PC functionality, with extremely low maintenance costs. The use of LowFat clients gives full support for sound, video, USB memory stick and DVD, without the need for a local installation.
Skolelinux now includes over 80 educational applications, supporting more than 50 languages. Many new applications have been introduced, in addition to popular classics such as GCompris, KDE-Edu, Iceweasel (Firefox) and OpenOffice.org.
- Installation is a breeze: Both the installation and source code for all software is now distributed on one DVD supporting three different processor platforms - i386, PowerPC and AMD64. This makes it easier to choose hardware, and to study the recipes behind the software. Those with an interest now have the freedom to learn, participate and share knowledge. Installation CDs are also available, but require a working Internet connection for installation.
Skolelinux is the Debian Edu project's Custom Debian Distribution. It is installed in a great number of schools in Norway, Germany, France, and other countries. Municipalities and Commercial Service Providers run Skolelinux across multiple schools, operated and maintained centrally. Service providers report that the "lowfat clients" require half the maintenance cost of other desktop alternatives.
The next milestone of Skolelinux development will be to merge the Debian-based LinEx distro into Debian Edu. Currently LinEx is used by more than 250,000 students and public employees in the region of Extremadura in Spain.
"Lowfat clients" are also known as "diskless workstations". They run applications locally on the client. All software comes from the server instead of from the client hard drive. Recommended minimum requirements for client machines are > 256 MB RAM and 800 MHz CPU. Skolelinux now has improved tools for system surveillance and maintenance.
Roadmap for merging of LinEx and Debian-Edu http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/LinEx2DebianEdu-Roadmap
- Please note that the documentation for the 3.0 Terra release is only available in English at the moment (FIXME: spanish, norwegian bokmal?) and contains some rough edges. We considered releasing before the end of the summer holidays more important and we will fix those rough edges in the coming weeks, when we also expect more translations to show. Those fixes will be included in the upcoming 3.0 r1 release.
- E-mail: debian-edu AT lists.debian.org
- Anders Kringstad Hanssen
<akai AT skolelinux.no> +47 932 82 137 (cellphone)
<knuty AT skolelinux.no> +47 908 95 765 (cellphone)
- Kurt Gramlich
<kurt AT skolelinux.de>
- José "L. Redrejo" Rodríguez
<jredrejo AT edu.juntaextremadura.net>
- Thierry Stauder
<thierry AT skolelinux.fr>
- Tariq Farooqi
<tariq AT linuxpakistan.net> +92-21-6622134 (cellphone)
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