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 1. Quotes from users, beta-testers, developers and media contacts

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This is the freely available 'press package' about Debian Edu ("5.0.4+edu0"), which is a Debian Pure Blends Linux distribution based on Debian 5.0.4 ("Lenny"). This is the freely available 'press package' about Skolelinux 5.0 / Debian Edu ("5.0.4+edu0"),
which is a Debian Pure Blends Linux distribution based on Debian 5.0.4 ("Lenny").
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== Press release ==

'''Debian-Edu: Skolelinux 5.0 available for free download!'''

 * Oslo, Hamburg, Badajoz, Tokyo, Taipeh, Karachi - February 8, 2010<<BR>> <<BR>>
The Debian Edu Team is proud to take the next step in making free software
suitable for educational purposes by releasing Skolelinux 5.0. Skolelinux
is an adaptation of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny", with customized
services which make it easy to set up and maintain an entire network of computers in schools and similar
environments. Supported by regional and national projects in Norway, Germany, Spain, Denmark and even Taiwan and Japan,
it is available in more than 50 languages. Skolelinux 5.0 is available free
of charge at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Download.

Skolelinux is based on Debian 5.0 "Lenny". As usual, it comes with predefined installation profiles making it easy to set up the network, ranging from the main server to workstations and thin clients.

The setup of terminal servers has been improved and now supports diskless workstations out of the box. Maintenance is easier as software is installed and maintained centrally for many client computers. Other improvements include web browser plugin support using free software products such as Gnash, Java and
others. System administrators, and teachers performing that role, will be glad to see the machine and network monitoring setup: It automatically reports the status of all machines on the network.

Screen shots are found here: http://www.slx.no/en/take-a-tour

An article about Skolelinux enterprise capabilities can be found here: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/PressReleases/PressPackage_5.0/Enterprise

=== What's new in Skolelinux 5.0 ===

 * Skolelinux is based on Debian 5.0 "Lenny" and is therefore compatible with LSB 3.2. It uses kernel 2.6.26, KDE 3.5.10, and GNOME 2.22.2.
 * The first Debian Edu release which has been merged with the highly successfulk LinEx GNU/Linux based educational project from the region of Extremadura in Spain.
 * The GNOME desktop is now supported in addition to KDE.
 * Improved student desktop with educational software shortcuts to GCompris, Kalzium, KGeography, KMplot, KStars, Stopmotion and the OpenOffice suite.
 * The documentation has been further improved and translated from English to German, Italian and Norwegian. Incomplete translations are available for Spanish, French and Chinese. Please consider helping by translating to your native language or by reviewing the English original!
 * Improved browser plug-in support with free software products including Gnash, Java and other plug-ins.
 * Added PulseAudio in addition to ALSA and OSS sound system for better audio and multimedia performance on workstations and diskless workstations machines.
 * New PXE startup menu allowing users to choose between a diskless workstation, a thin client workstation, and even a PXE-installation of Skolelinux.
   * Diskless workstations retrieve the OS and application software from the server, and then run them on the local machine. All software comes from the server instead of the local hard drive. That means software can be installed and maintained once for many clients.
 * Improved and simplified user and machine administration tool known as LWAT (LDAP Web-based Administration Tool).
 * Improved machine and network surveillance now reporting status on all machines added to the network.

{{attachment:DebianEdu-5.0.4%2Bedu0-Desktop.png|Default desktop|width=500}}

=== Quotes ===

"Unlike similar projects, Skolelinux takes care of the whole school network, not just the student computers. This makes it possible for me to deploy far more machines in a secure and stable network, without worrying about how to configure and maintain services, and without any tech support." Nigel Barker, IT co-ordinator and Chemistry teacher, Hiroshima International School.

"We will most likely be able to reach the goals of The Knowledge Promotion Reform because of Skolelinux.", says principal Heidi Olsen Sværd at Håvik school in Narvik municipality.

"It is easy to maintain. We have had a few startup problems, but surprisingly few", Monica Larssen, IT co-ordinator/ advisor in Harstad municipality says.

=== Going forward ===

 * The next milestone is a pointrelease, 5.0.4+edu1, around mid-March 2010, with updates to the documentation and its translations as well as some important bugfixes.

 * The subsequent milestone of Skolelinux development includes the introduction of major new features and aims to release simultaneously with Debian Squeeze, which is currently scheduled for the second half of 2010. The Squeeze-based release (6.0.0+edu0) will include the Sugar desktop, an upgrade to KDE 4, and shall provide alternative desktop environments for netbooks.

 * Full support for social desktop features. Both Sugar Desktop and KDE 4 have built-in social desktop features. The Sugar Desktop enables a journal where students can track their activities. Both Sugar and KDE 4 include online friend to friend and group communication for sharing content, tasks and activities. With exiting applications such as Turtle Art for simulations and Tam Tam for making music, students can explore, learn and grow.

=== About Skolelinux ===

Skolelinux is a software solution tailored to the needs of schools
and other educational institutions. It provides a complete system, from the
central server running all the services the school needs, to the desktop
software students use in class. Skolelinux works out of the box with no
tricky setup to perform. Skolelinux provides the following:
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=== 1: Press release ===  * Full support for networked thin clients, diskless workstations, and disk-based workstations and laptops. With diskless workstations users get full PC functionality combined with the maintenance level of thin clients. Sound, video, USB memory sticks, and DVDs are supported. A new start up screen also allows local installation over PXE.
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Debian-Edu: Skolelinux 5.0 (5.0.4+edu0) available for free download!  * Skolelinux has over 80 applications pre-installed specifically for educational use. It is available in over 50 languages. Many new applications have been introduced in addition to popular classics such as GCompris, KDE Edu, Firefox (branded as Iceweasel due to Trademark restrictions) and OpenOffice.org.
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* Oslo, Hamburg, Badajoz, Tokio, Taipeh - February 8, 2010  * Installation is a breeze. You can install Skolelinux from a network install CD or from a single DVD supporting several processor architectures (i386, AMD64 and PowerPC). Skolelinux has low hardware requirements: a diskless workstation runs nicely with 256 MB of RAM, local swap and a 800 MHz processor. The manual describes a slightly more powerful recommendation for multimedia use.
  
 * Skolelinux is free software. The primary goal is to provide schools and students with every building block of a computer system. By providing an easy to use system, including the source code, students can study software, learn how it is written, and create software code. We emphasize learning by doing. Students can grow and excel by participating and sharing knowledge. The software has no restrictions on use, copying, or learning.
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Skolelinux 5.0 is ready. This is a community release with comprehensive
support from regional and national projects in Norway, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Taiwan, Japan and other places. Skolelinux is Debian for education, produced by
the Debian Edu team.
{{attachment:Gathering_Oslo_2009.jpg|Skolelinux Developers}}
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Several other projects have contributed additional functionality to Skolelinux, to tailor it for both local and international needs. Skolelinux can be installed in more than 50 languages. Skolelinux is the result of the work of the Debian Edu project. Debian Edu
is an official part of Debian, and Skolelinux is a "Debian Pure Blend". It
is installed at many or all of the schools in municipalities, regions and
cities throughout Europe, Asia and South America. Several regions and
states run and maintain Skolelinux centrally with commercial service
providers or public employees. Smaller installations at single schools can
be maintained part-time by a teacher with no particular training. Reports
from commercial and public installations suggest that diskless workstations
require half the maintenance costs compared to ordinary desktop
alternatives.
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'''What's new:'''

 * Skolelinux is based on Debian 5.0 "Lenny" and therefore compatible with LSB 3.2, using kernel 2.6.26, KDE 3.5.10 and GNOME 2.22.2. The LinEx GNU/Linux project of Extremadura in Spain has now merged with Debian Edu.

 * The GNOME desktop is now supported in addition to KDE.

 * Improved student desktop with educational software shortcuts to GCompris, Kalzium, KGeography, KMplot, KStars, Stopmotion and the OpenOffice suite.

 * The documentation has been further improved and translated from English to German, Italian and Norwegian. Incomplete translations are available for Spanish, French and Chinese. Please consider helping translating to your native language or reviewing the english original!

 * Improved browser plug-in support with free software products as Gnash, Java and other plug-ins.

 * Added !PulseAudio in addition to ALSA and OSS sound system for better audio and multimedia performance on workstations and diskless workstations machines.

 * New startup menu allowing users to choose between diskless workstation, thin client or workstation.

   * Diskless workstations retrieve the OS and application software from the server, and then run them on the local machine. All software comes from the server instead of the local hard drive. That means software can be installed and maintained once for many clients.

 * Skolelinux now has improved tools for system monitoring and maintenance.

 * Improved and simplified user and machine administration tool known as LWAT (LDAP Web-based Administration Tool).

 * Improved machine and network surveillance now reporting status on all machines added to the network.

Skolelinux is now deployed at many schools in municipalities, regions and states throughout Europe, Asia and South America. It is used by 250.000 students and teachers at 200 schools in Extremadura. The German states of Rheinland-Pfalz and Hamburg are providing Skolelinux for their schools. The Indian state Karnataka are basing their ICT@School project on Skolelinux. The Debian Edu team also co-operates with the Debian based Linux Educacionale distribution, used by more than 30 million students in Brazilian schools.

'''Skolelinux is an enterprise solution'''

Skolelinux is design to be maintainable and extremely stable for millions of students. The software installed is carefully picked by hand with stability in mind, dismissing bleeding edge products. In many countries the educational sector are maintaining more computers for more users than any other branch of the government. Running bleeding edge software will add considerable burden on user support and system availability. This might double or triple the need for system maintenance, which is added cost schools don't got in their budgets.

Due to the enterprise features and the built inn support for diskless workstation, Skolelinux provides half the total cost of ownership compared to any other desktop alternative in schools. By using Skolelinux schools get twice the number of computers which got less than half the maintenance cost compared to proprietary alternatives. The manpower cost of maintaining one Skolelinux workstation is less than 50 Euro a year, according to the technical staff who maintains Skolelinux on 80.000 computers in Extremadura, Spain.

If using traditional networked workstations with proprietary software, the government must either beef up their computer staff considerably, or drastically reduce the number of computers which are maintained in a proper manner in schools. Not to forget. Many got a kid room perspective on computer maintenance, believing that computers are run in large networks as they would do at home. Let it be clear, a kid room perspective soon makes computers useless when 5-10 different students uses a school computer every day. Skolelinux is an enterprise solution for central maintenance, making system maintenence easy for thousands and millions of students through the whole school year.

'''Going forward from 5.0.4+edu0'''

 * The next milestone is a pointrelease, 5.0.4+edu1, around mid March 2010, with updates to the documentation and its translations as well as some important bugfixes.

 * The next further milestone of Skolelinux development contains the introduction of major new features and aims at releasing together with Debian Squeeze, which is currently scheduled for the second half of 2010. The Squeeze based release (6.0.0+edu0) will include the Sugar desktop, an upgrade to KDE 4 and shall provide alternatives desktop environments for netbooks.

==== About Skolelinux ====
Skolelinux is a complete software solution tailored to the needs of schools and other educational institutions. It provides a complete system, from the central server running all the services the school needs, to the desktop software students use in class. Skolelinux works out of the box, with no tricky setting up to perform. Skolelinux provides:

 * Full support for networked thin clients, diskless workstations, workstations and laptops. With diskless workstations users get full PC functionality combined with the maintenance level of thin clients. Sound, video, USB memory sticks and DVDs are supported. A new start up screen also allows local installation over PXE.

 * Skolelinux has over 80 applications selected for educational use, available in over 50 languages. Many new applications have been introduced in addition to popular classics such as !GCompris, KDE Edu, Firefox (branded as Iceweasel) and !OpenOffice.org.

 * Installation is a breeze. You can install Skolelinux from a network install CD or from a single DVD supporting several processor architectures (i386, PowerPC and AMD64). Skolelinux still has low hardware requirements. A diskless workstation runs nicely with 256 MB of RAM, local swap and a 800 MHz processor, though we recommend slightly more powerful specifications for multimedia use.

 * Skolelinux is free software. The primary goal is to provide schools and students with every building block of a computer system. By providing an easy to use system, which also includes source code, students can study the software, learn and create with it. We emphasise learning by doing. Students can grow and excel by participation and sharing knowledge. The software has no restrictions on use, copying or learning.

 * Several regions and states run and maintain Skolelinux centrally by commercial service providers or public employees. Smaller installations at single schools can be maintained part-time by a teacher with no particular training. Reports from commercial and public installations suggest that diskless workstations require half the maintenance costs compared to any ordinary desktop alternative.

Skolelinux is the result of the work of the Debian Edu project. Debian Edu is an official part of Debian, and Skolelinux is a "Debian Pure Blend". It is installed at many or all of the schools in municipalities, regions and cities throughout Europe, Asia and South America. The most active developers are in Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Taiwan, Japan, Italy, France, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Thailand and Australia.

<fixme: perhaps provide some links to large installations/institutions for reference>
{{attachment:skolelinux_people.png|Skolelinux Developers|width=500}}
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==== Contact information ==== == Contact information ==
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     Anders Kringstad Hanssen <akai AT skolelinux.no> +47 932 82 137 (cellphone)    Knut Yrvin <knuty AT skolelinux.no> +47 934 79 561 (cellphone)
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     Knut Yrvin <knuty AT skolelinux.no>     +47 908 95 765 (cellphone)      Ole-Anders Andreassen <olea AT skolelinux.no>
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 http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Download  http://www.slx.no/en/downloads
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Release notes:
 http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/ReleaseNotes

Screenshot:
 http://www.slx.no/en/image-gallery
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=== 2: Quotes ===

"It is easy to maintain. We have had a few startup problems, but surprisingly few", Monica Larssen, IT co-ordinator/ advisor in Harstad municipality says.

"After a few startup problems Skolelinux is now stable. It is very easy for me to maintain as a IT co-ordinator", says Astri Sletteng, IT co-ordinator at Ankenes and Håkvik school in Narvik municpality.

"We will most likely be able to reach the goals of The Knowledge Promotion Reform because of Skolelinux.", says principal Heidi Olsen Sværd at Håvik school in Narvik municipality.
A complete feature list
http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Lenny/Features

Press Package to be released to the media upon release of 5.0.

The press package contains the following pieces:

  • A general press release announcing availability of Skolelinux / Debian Edu 5.0.
  • Links to screenshots
  • What's new
  • Quotes from users
  • About Skolelinux
  • General and local contacts

The press package is available in English and other languages: online at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/PressReleases/

Media information

This is the freely available 'press package' about Skolelinux 5.0 / Debian Edu ("5.0.4+edu0"), which is a Debian Pure Blends Linux distribution based on Debian 5.0.4 ("Lenny").

For questions regarding the 'press package' or any content found within, please contact the Debian-Edu media contacts found here: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/PressReleases/PressPackage_5.0/English

Press release

Debian-Edu: Skolelinux 5.0 available for free download!

  • Oslo, Hamburg, Badajoz, Tokyo, Taipeh, Karachi - February 8, 2010

The Debian Edu Team is proud to take the next step in making free software suitable for educational purposes by releasing Skolelinux 5.0. Skolelinux is an adaptation of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny", with customized services which make it easy to set up and maintain an entire network of computers in schools and similar environments. Supported by regional and national projects in Norway, Germany, Spain, Denmark and even Taiwan and Japan, it is available in more than 50 languages. Skolelinux 5.0 is available free of charge at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Download.

Skolelinux is based on Debian 5.0 "Lenny". As usual, it comes with predefined installation profiles making it easy to set up the network, ranging from the main server to workstations and thin clients.

The setup of terminal servers has been improved and now supports diskless workstations out of the box. Maintenance is easier as software is installed and maintained centrally for many client computers. Other improvements include web browser plugin support using free software products such as Gnash, Java and others. System administrators, and teachers performing that role, will be glad to see the machine and network monitoring setup: It automatically reports the status of all machines on the network.

Screen shots are found here: http://www.slx.no/en/take-a-tour

An article about Skolelinux enterprise capabilities can be found here: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/PressReleases/PressPackage_5.0/Enterprise

What's new in Skolelinux 5.0

  • Skolelinux is based on Debian 5.0 "Lenny" and is therefore compatible with LSB 3.2. It uses kernel 2.6.26, KDE 3.5.10, and GNOME 2.22.2.
  • The first Debian Edu release which has been merged with the highly successfulk ?LinEx GNU/Linux based educational project from the region of Extremadura in Spain.

  • The GNOME desktop is now supported in addition to KDE.
  • Improved student desktop with educational software shortcuts to GCompris, Kalzium, KGeography, KMplot, KStars, Stopmotion and the OpenOffice suite.

  • The documentation has been further improved and translated from English to German, Italian and Norwegian. Incomplete translations are available for Spanish, French and Chinese. Please consider helping by translating to your native language or by reviewing the English original!
  • Improved browser plug-in support with free software products including Gnash, Java and other plug-ins.
  • Added PulseAudio in addition to ALSA and OSS sound system for better audio and multimedia performance on workstations and diskless workstations machines.

  • New PXE startup menu allowing users to choose between a diskless workstation, a thin client workstation, and even a PXE-installation of Skolelinux.
    • Diskless workstations retrieve the OS and application software from the server, and then run them on the local machine. All software comes from the server instead of the local hard drive. That means software can be installed and maintained once for many clients.
  • Improved and simplified user and machine administration tool known as LWAT (LDAP Web-based Administration Tool).
  • Improved machine and network surveillance now reporting status on all machines added to the network.

Default desktop

Quotes

"Unlike similar projects, Skolelinux takes care of the whole school network, not just the student computers. This makes it possible for me to deploy far more machines in a secure and stable network, without worrying about how to configure and maintain services, and without any tech support." Nigel Barker, IT co-ordinator and Chemistry teacher, Hiroshima International School.

"We will most likely be able to reach the goals of The Knowledge Promotion Reform because of Skolelinux.", says principal Heidi Olsen Sværd at Håvik school in Narvik municipality.

"It is easy to maintain. We have had a few startup problems, but surprisingly few", Monica Larssen, IT co-ordinator/ advisor in Harstad municipality says.

Going forward

  • The next milestone is a pointrelease, 5.0.4+edu1, around mid-March 2010, with updates to the documentation and its translations as well as some important bugfixes.
  • The subsequent milestone of Skolelinux development includes the introduction of major new features and aims to release simultaneously with Debian Squeeze, which is currently scheduled for the second half of 2010. The Squeeze-based release (6.0.0+edu0) will include the Sugar desktop, an upgrade to KDE 4, and shall provide alternative desktop environments for netbooks.
  • Full support for social desktop features. Both Sugar Desktop and KDE 4 have built-in social desktop features. The Sugar Desktop enables a journal where students can track their activities. Both Sugar and KDE 4 include online friend to friend and group communication for sharing content, tasks and activities. With exiting applications such as Turtle Art for simulations and Tam Tam for making music, students can explore, learn and grow.

About Skolelinux

Skolelinux is a software solution tailored to the needs of schools and other educational institutions. It provides a complete system, from the central server running all the services the school needs, to the desktop software students use in class. Skolelinux works out of the box with no tricky setup to perform. Skolelinux provides the following:

  • Full support for networked thin clients, diskless workstations, and disk-based workstations and laptops. With diskless workstations users get full PC functionality combined with the maintenance level of thin clients. Sound, video, USB memory sticks, and DVDs are supported. A new start up screen also allows local installation over PXE.
  • Skolelinux has over 80 applications pre-installed specifically for educational use. It is available in over 50 languages. Many new applications have been introduced in addition to popular classics such as GCompris, KDE Edu, Firefox (branded as Iceweasel due to Trademark restrictions) and OpenOffice.org.

  • Installation is a breeze. You can install Skolelinux from a network install CD or from a single DVD supporting several processor architectures (i386, AMD64 and PowerPC). Skolelinux has low hardware requirements: a diskless workstation runs nicely with 256 MB of RAM, local swap and a 800 MHz processor. The manual describes a slightly more powerful recommendation for multimedia use.
  • Skolelinux is free software. The primary goal is to provide schools and students with every building block of a computer system. By providing an easy to use system, including the source code, students can study software, learn how it is written, and create software code. We emphasize learning by doing. Students can grow and excel by participating and sharing knowledge. The software has no restrictions on use, copying, or learning.

Skolelinux Developers

Skolelinux is the result of the work of the Debian Edu project. Debian Edu is an official part of Debian, and Skolelinux is a "Debian Pure Blend". It is installed at many or all of the schools in municipalities, regions and cities throughout Europe, Asia and South America. Several regions and states run and maintain Skolelinux centrally with commercial service providers or public employees. Smaller installations at single schools can be maintained part-time by a teacher with no particular training. Reports from commercial and public installations suggest that diskless workstations require half the maintenance costs compared to ordinary desktop alternatives.

Skolelinux Developers

Contact information

<please: confirm this list>

  • General information about Debian-Edu or Skolelinux:
    • E-mail: debian-edu AT lists.debian.org
  • Media contacts
    • France
      • Xavier Oswald <xoswald AT debian.org>

    • Germany
      • Alexander Reichle-Schmehl <tolimar AT debian.org>

        Kurt Gramlich <kurt AT skolelinux.de>

    • Norway
      • Knut Yrvin <knuty AT skolelinux.no> +47 934 79 561 (cellphone)

        Ole-Anders Andreassen <olea AT skolelinux.no>

    • Spain
      • José L. Redrejo Rodríguez <jredrejo AT edu.juntaextremadura.net>

    • Taiwan
      • Andrew Lee (李健秋) <ajqlee AT debian.org> +886 988 978760 (cellphone)

    • Pakistan
      • Tariq Farooqi <tariq AT linuxpakistan.org> +92-21-36622134 (officephone)

For more information about Debian-Edu/Skolelinux please see our webpage at

Download:

Manual, most current version:

Manual, Translations: http://maintainer.skolelinux.org/debian-edu-doc/

Release notes:

Screenshot:

A complete list of improvements have been made available at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/ReleaseNotes

A complete feature list http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Lenny/Features