Manual for Debian Edu 7.1+r0 Codename "Wheezy"
This is the manual for the Debian Edu Wheezy 7.1+r0 release.
The version at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Wheezy is a wiki and updated frequently.
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.
Immediatly after installation a school server running all services needed for a school network is set up (see the next chapter details of the architecture of this setup), just waiting for users and machines being added via GOsa², a comfortable Web-UI, or any other LDAP editor. A netbooting environment is prepared using PXE, so after initial installation of the main server from CD, DVD or usbstick 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 tradional 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
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 Raphael Herzog 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.