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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").

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Press release

Debian-Edu: Skolelinux 5.0 available for free download!

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 adaptation 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 and to maintain. 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

Skolelinux Developers

As usual Skolelinux comes with predefined installation profiles making it easy to set up the network, ranging 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 servers has been improved and now even supports diskless 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.

Screen shots are found here:

Article about Skolelinux enterprise capabilities:

What's new in Skolelinux 5.0


"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.

Going forward

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:

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.

Contact information

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


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