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 * BD ISO image: It's impossible to open drop down lists, use right clicking for context menues, open menues (firefox, chromium, konqueror). The reason: education-desktop-kde now needs to depend on kwin-x11 in addition; see DebianBug:859377. After running 'apt install kwin-x11' things should work like expected.  * BD ISO image: It's impossible to open drop down lists, use right clicking for context menus, open menus (firefox, chromium, konqueror). The reason: education-desktop-kde now needs to depend on kwin-x11 in addition; see DebianBug:859377. After running 'apt install kwin-x11' things should work like expected.

Status of Debian Edu "Stretch"

(development started end of March 2016)

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  • BD ISO image: It's impossible to open drop down lists, use right clicking for context menus, open menus (firefox, chromium, konqueror). The reason: education-desktop-kde now needs to depend on kwin-x11 in addition; see 859377. After running 'apt install kwin-x11' things should work like expected.

  • PXE installations fail atm due to kernel modules mismatch. (This will be fixed once newer netboot-installer images are available.)

Changes from Jessie to Stretch which need documentation

(Once these are documented please move them to a done-list at the bottom of this page…)

Known problems we must fix

Known problems we want to fix

  • Fix KDE favorites configuration.
  • MATE is only translated (63%) to Nynorsk

  • finish the SVN2Git Migration Status

  • The usbstick ISO image should allow installations including the 'LTSP server' profile without internet connection; atm about 300 MiB need to be downloaded. This happens right after the base system has been installed successfully in the LTSP chroot, later in the process packages are fetched again from the mounted image.

Other issues

  • Our documentation could further be improved: eg by proof-reading and improving language+grammar used, by updating outdated entries, etc

Known problems we want to fix for Buster

  • we want to be able to install Debian Edu with d-i from cdimage.debian.org, see 846003 and 846006 - however the latter is blocked by 474745.

Fixed in git, needs upload to unstable and unblock request

  • none

Fixed in unstable, waiting for testing migration

  • none

Fixed + done (related packages migrated to stretch or unstable)

  • Both thin and diskless LTSP clients fail to start atm. This is caused by a new upstream release of nbd server/client; see 846998 [fixed in unstable, unblocked, about to migrate April 2nd]. Until the fixed nbd-client package is available this workaround could be used:

sed -i s#/opt/ltsp/i386#opt/ltsp/i386# /etc/nbd-server/conf.d/ltsp_i386.conf
service nbd-server restart
  • GOsa²: broken mass import of user data via CSV file; see 847571.

  • unblock bug: 857866 LTSP related issue (missing packages 'ldm-server' and 'squashfs-tools', 856267).

  • LTSP chroot installation is broken if the usbstick ISO image is used; see 854203. (Fixed in unstable.)

  • If the kernel command line includes desktop=kde (which is the default), MATE shows up as default DE; see 854519. (Fixed in unstable.)

  • GOsa² sudo Role plugin doesn't allow to add a system with FQDN (834065); upgrading from Jessie requires such action, otherwise a plain LDAP editor must be used.

  • The script 'sitesummary2ldapdhcp' fails due to changed output of 'ifconfig'; see 846847.

  • Installations fails due to debian-edu-artwork packages conflicting with plymouth; fixed in unstable. Workaround possible in d-i environment: remove /etc/plymouth/plymouthd.conf at the right time when packages are configured. This can be achieved by adding this to the kernel command-line:
    • url=hands.com/d-i/bug/edu-plymouth/preseed.cfg

      (press <TAB> in the boot menu, then type the above, followed by <RETURN>)

  • The priority value for mate-session is too low (compared to KDE Plasma): see 845997.

  • Add translations for menu entries (MATE, Xfce).
  • pxe installation: fails due to kernel mismatch, but works after adapting d-e-pxeinstall to wget the daily d-i netboot images.
  • GOsa² netgroups plugin fails to add a system to a netgroup (throws an error); this is most probably caused by the PHP 7.0 transition. If a system is added manually using an LDAP editor, login succeeds on a workstation (839860). See the bug report for a possible fix.

  • squid isn't working reliably, fix needed after first boot.
  • LTSP chroot installations fails: [both issues fixed via workarounds in d-e-c 1.916]
    1. modified conffile raises debconf; see 839154. (Will be fixed in the next ltsp packages upload.)

    2. chroot installation fails due to wrong /tmp permissions; see 840667.

  • ltsp-build-client apt-keys option fails; see 839165. (Will be fixed in debian-edu-config 1.913)

  • ATM an installation ends up in a broken system; the edu task description file is completely wrong now that the 'blend-gen-control' script has been changed; see: 834719. Using the old style tasks file (in debian-edu-expert mode inside Debian-Installer) allows one to get a system with the chosen profiles installed; see 835528 for a blends-dev patch.

  • LDAP bootstrap: sudo-ldap needs FQDN, otherwise some GOsa² actions fail.
  • ldap-debian-edu-install: systemctl start/stop call must be replaced with service ones for some daemons, otherwise Samba and Kerberos setup fails.
  • The LTSP chroot installation is broken most probably caused by recent changes to apt; see 831409 and the apt issue in 830696.

  • network interfaces: eth0 -> enp0s3, eth1 -> enp0s8 (VirtualBox environment), see: https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd /PredictableNetworkInterfaceNames/ for more general information and how to disable this change. [added kernel param net.ifnames=0 to get back old device names]. Added forgotten type 'string' (preseed file).

  • cfengine run is broken due to forgotten removal of one line (ldap2zone) in /etc/cfengine/debian-edu/cfengine.conf.
  • sddm: by default, all users (icons) are shown (after fixing network and autofs); default theme breeze can't be configured to show a username field. [replaced with lightdm]
  • isc-dhcp-server: fails to work, variable INTERFACES in /etc/default/isc-dhcp-server has been split into INTERFACESv4 and INTERFACESv6 (cf).
  • tftp-server: as atftpd isn't available in stretch atm, tftpd-hpa has been installed; disabling option --secure (/etc/default/tftpd-hpa) lets the daemon work (cf).
  • LTSP generates squashfs image file automatically, this takes ages and needs a lot of disk space. A file like ../ltsp-build-client/Debian-custom/001-disable-squashfs-image containing one line: SQUASHFS_IMAGE="False" will prevent it.
  • LTSP: both thin and diskless clients fail to start (kernel panic), seems to be due to 786925. (LTSP default is NBD in stretch, Debian Edu uses NFS.) Update: after generating the NBD image file (and using it), both LTSP client types work like expected. Generation takes a long time (3.6 GiB size for MATE DE, 3.9 GiB for default PLASMA DE).

  • mirror redirector: http.debian.net -> httpredir.debian.org

  • sitesummary prerm script is rc buggy 823688.

  • default browser: iceweasel -> firefox(-esr)

  • squid renaming: squid3 -> squid

  • autofs: disabling on main server fails, maybe use 'systemctl disable autofs' instead (cf)
  • d-e-c/032-edu-pkgs: non-existing packages readahead and readahead-fedora should be dropped from purge list to enable LTSP chroot installation.
  • display manager: kdm is gone; after a default combi server installation sddm (w/ MATE as default session) shows up but doesn't allow login (no username field). [kdm replaced with lightdm]
  • several packages need fixes to work with PHP 7.0:
  • LTSP chroot installation will fail atm w/o manual changes in d-i environment.
  • gosa.conf: the version shipped with d-e-c 1.819 is broken, see 820551. If you want to test GOsa², you have to:

    • fix the file /etc/gosa/gosa.conf manually (see bug report for a patch)
    • remove /etc/gosa/gosa.secrets
    • execute 'gosa-encrypt-passwords'
    • execute 'service apache2 reload'

Done in the manual

  • unblock bug: 857866 LTSP related issue (missing packages 'ldm-server' and 'squashfs-tools', 856267).

  • plymouth and plymouth-theme is now installed by default (except for the 'Main Server' and 'Minimal' profiles).
  • The BD ISO image doesn't allow standalone installations with profile 'LTSP server' included, internet connection is needed.
  • KDE Plasma is kept as default desktop. We need to make sure to explain this well and to recommend LXDE for LTSP.
  • LTSP now uses NBD instead of NFS for the root filesystem. After each single change to an LTSP chroot, the related NBD image must be regenerated for the changes to take effect. It might be good to install only one DE in the chroot to keep the image size below 4 GiB.
  • Oldest supported x86 processors are 686-class ones (only a few 586/686 hybrid processors too). This might affect old LTSP clients.
  • Icinga is now used as monitoring tool.
  • ksnapshot has been replaced with kde-spectacle as screenshot tool.
  • The 32-bit PC support (known as the Debian architecture i386) now no longer covers a plain i586 processor. The new baseline is the i686, although some i586 processors (e.g. the "AMD Geode") will remain supported. See https://www.debian.org/releases/stretch/i386/release-notes/ch-whats-new.en.html for more info.

  • Upon upgrade from Jessie the LDAP data base has to be adjusted. The sudoHost value 'tjener' has to be replaced with 'tjener.intern' using GOsa² or an LDAP editor.
  • Concurrent logins of the same user on a terminalserver and an LTSP thin client are no longer allowed.
  • Debian 9 enables unattended upgrades by default for new installations. This might cause a delay of about 15 minutes if a system with a low uptime value is powered off.
  • The NFS->NBD change should be documented on the "New Features" page too…