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 5.0. with media contacts from five countries and general information.
- Quotes from users, beta-testers, developers and media contacts
Please include pictures of users and screenshots of desktop and applications? <fixme: please suggest pictures>
The press package is available in English and other languages <fixme: add them when we have them> online at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/PressReleases/
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").
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 available for free download!
* Oslo, Hamburg, Badajoz, Tokio, Taipeh, Karachi - February 8, 2010
The Debian Edu Team is proud to make the next step in making free software suitable for educational purposes by releasing Skolelinux 5.0. Skolelinux is an adaption of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny" coming with customized services to make an entire network of computers in schools and similar environments easy to setup maintain and to maintain. Supported by regional and national projects in Norway, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Taiwan or Japan, it is available in more than 50 languages. Skolelinux 5.0 is available free of charge at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Download.
As usual Skolelinux comes with predefined installation profiles making it easy to set up the network, raning from the main server to workstations and even thinclients. 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 - for the first time supported in Skolelinux - GNOME 2.22.2.
The setup of terminal server has been improved and now even supports disk less workstations out of the box making maintenance easier as software is installed and maintained centrally. Other improvements are web browser plugin support with free software products as Gnash, Java and other plug-ins. System administrators and teachers working in that function will be glad to see the machine and network monitoring setup, which reports the status of all machines added to the network automatically.
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, disk less workstations, workstations and laptops. With disk less 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 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, PowerPC and AMD64/Intel EM64T). Skolelinux still has low hardware requirements. A disk less 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.
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 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.
<please: confirm this list>
- General information about Debian-Edu or Skolelinux:
- E-mail: debian-edu AT lists.debian.org
- Media contacts
Xavier Oswald <xoswald AT debian.org>
Alexander Reichle-Schmehl <tolimar AT debian.org>
Kurt Gramlich <kurt AT skolelinux.de>
Knut Yrvin <knuty AT skolelinux.no> +47 934 79 561 (cellphone)
Ole-Anders Andreassen <olea AT skolelinux.no>
José L. Redrejo Rodríguez <jredrejo AT edu.juntaextremadura.net>
Andrew Lee (李健秋) <ajqlee AT debian.org> +886 988 978760 (cellphone)
Tariq Farooqi <tariq AT linuxpakistan.org> +92-21-36622134 (officephone)
For more information about Debian-Edu/Skolelinux please see our webpage at
Manual, most current version:
Manual, Translations: http://maintainer.skolelinux.org/debian-edu-doc/
A complete list of improvements have been made available at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/ReleaseNotes
A complete featurue list http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Lenny/Features
"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.