Manual for Debian Edu 8+edu1 Codename Jessie
This is the manual for the Debian Edu Jessie 8+edu1 release.
The version at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Jessie is a wiki and updated frequently.
Translations are part of the debian-edu-doc package which can be installed on a webserver, and is available online.
About Debian Edu and Skolelinux
Debian Edu aka Skolelinux is a Linux distribution based on Debian providing an out-of-the box environment of a completely configured school network.
Directly after installation of a school server all services needed for a school network are set up (see the next chapter details of the architecture of this setup) and the system is ready to be used. Only users and machines need to be added via GOsa², a comfortable Web-UI, or any other LDAP editor. A netbooting environment using PXE has also been prepared, so after initial installation of the main server from CD, Blu-ray disc or USB flash drive all other machines can be installed via the network, this includes "roaming workstations" (ones that can be taken away from the school network, usually laptops or netbooks) as well as PXE booting for diskless machines like traditional thin-clients.
Several educational applications like celestia, drgeo, gcompris, kalzium, kgeography, solfege and scratch are included in the default desktop setup, which can be extended easily and almost endlessly via the Debian universe.
Some history and why two names
Skolelinux is a Linux distribution created by the Debian Edu project. As a Debian Pure Blends distribution it is an official Debian subproject.
What this means for your school is that Skolelinux is a version of Debian providing an out-of-the box environment of a completely configured school-network.
The Skolelinux project in Norway was founded on Juli 2nd 2001 and about the same time Raphaël Hertzog started Debian-Edu in France. Since 2003 both projects are united, but both names stayed. "Skole" and (Debian-)"Education" are just two well understood terms in these regions.
The main target group in Norway initially were schools serving the 6-16 years age bracket. Today the system is in use in several countries around the world, with most installations in Norway, Spain, Germany and France.