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

The press package contains the following pieces:

  1. A general press release announcing availability of Skolelinux 5.0. with media contacts from five countries and general information.
  2. Quotes from users, beta-testers, developers and media contacts
  3. Please include pictures of users and screenshots of desktop and applications? <fixme: please suggest pictures>

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

Media information

This freely available 'press package' from Debian Edu is made available as a part of the 5.0 ("Lenny") release of our Debian Pure Blend and Skolelinux.

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

1: Press release

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

* Oslo <fixme: and other cities/places> - February 8, 2010

Skolelinux 5.0 is ready. This is a community release with comprehensive support from regional and national projects in Germany, Spain, France, Greece and Norway <fixme: please add places>. Skolelinux is Debian for education, produced by the Debian Edu team. Several other projects have contributed additional functionality to Skolelinux, to tailor it for both local and international needs. Skolelinux now supports 50 countries.<fixme: what does this mean? 50 locales?>

Whats new in Skolelinux 5.0:

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 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 and France <fixme: please add more contries>. Some large Skolelinux installations are maintained centrally by commercial service providers or employees in the public sector. Small installations can be maintained by a part-time teacher, with no particular training. Reports from commercial and public installations suggest that diskless workstations require half the maintenance costs of any ordinary desktop alternative.

The next milestone of Skolelinux development aims to include the Sugar desktop, upgrade to KDE 4 and to provide netbook alternatives.

In depth

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 from the local hard drive. That means software can be installed and maintained once for many clients. The recommended minimum specification for client machines is > 256 MB RAM and 800 MHz CPU. Skolelinux now has improved tools for system monitoring and maintenance.

Suggestions for next Debian Edu should be provided at this wiki-page: <fixme: add the wiki page>

Please note that the documentation for 5.0 Lenny is now translated to <fixme: Add the list of translations>. If there is no translation of the documentation to your native language, please help out with the translation effort. Your translations will be available instantly online, and will also be included in next Debian Edu revision.

Contact information

<please: confirm this list>

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

Download:

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

2: Quotes

<fixme: please add user quotes>