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Third Debian Edu Squeeze based release candidate, 6.0.4 edu rc3, 2012-03-04

We are very happy to announce "Debian Edu Squeeze 6.0.4 rc3", as we believe this is very very close to what we will release as r0 soon! See below for 6.0.4 r0 and 6.0.4 r1 release schedules!

Debian Edu aka Skolelinux is a Linux distribution based on Debian providing an out-of-the box environment of a completely configured school network. It contains setup for a school server, PXE booting for diskless machines, setup for installing stationary workstations and setup for workstations that can be taken away from the school network.

Several educational applications like celestia, drgeo, gcompris, geogebra, kalzium, kgeography solfege and kgeography are included in the default desktop setup.

More information about Debian Edu is available at http://maintainer.skolelinux.org/debian-edu-doc/en/debian-edu-squeeze-manual.html#AboutDebianEdu - Please note that this manual has been translated to various languages.

Those who already are using rc1 or rc2 can upgrade to this version using apt-get upgrade. Users upgrading from beta3 must make sure to keep the existing gosa.conf file for everything to keep working as expected when dpkg ask how to handle the changed file during upgrade.

Complete download and installation instructions are available at http://maintainer.skolelinux.org/debian-edu-doc/en/debian-edu-squeeze-manual.html#Installation

Read the "Getting Started" chapter of the manual to learn how to login for the first time. http://maintainer.skolelinux.org/debian-edu-doc/en/debian-edu-squeeze-manual.html#GettingStarted

Please file bugs on any issues you find, and (probably somewhat additionally) also mention those bugs and issues on our status page at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Status/Squeeze

Testing and giving feedback to debian-edu@lists.debian.org or #debian-edu on irc.debian.org is a very good way to start contributing! Act now :-D

If you can do more, give the manual linked to above some love. It needs it.

Release schedule:

2012-03-11: release Debian Edu (r0) Squeeze 6.0.4 
2012-03-25: r0 rc1
2012-04-01: release Debian Edu (r1) Squeeze 6.0.4 

We might decide to aim for March 31st for edu r1, if you don't take this serious ;-p

Changes compared to rc2 version

  • Translation updates for the templates used in the installer. These templates are now available in 28 languages!
  • Improved French and Danish language tasks.
  • Added missing last entries in PXE boot menu. (661392)

The following features are not working as they should

  • The RDP server set up on thin-client-servers gives distorted KDE desktop at least when logging in using rdesktop (#608195). This is a bug in the vnc4server package, and a workaround is to use the tigervnc server instead..

To download this multiarch netinstall CD release you can use

To download this multiarch DVD release you can use

To download the source DVD release you can use

You can also download using one of the Skolelinux mirrors.

The MD5SUM of these images are:

  • rc3 is unreleased still, thus UNKNOWN

The SHA1SUM of these images are:

  • rc3 is unreleased still, thus UNKNOWN

These sums are also available GPG signed at http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/squeeze-rc/

How to report bugs: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/HowTo/ReportBugs