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The Skolelinux Desktop

Debian Edu / Skolelinux

What is it?

  • Debian Edu

    • is a Debian project to make the best distribution for educational purposes.


    • is the name of a Debian Pure Blend which is produced by the Debian Edu project.
      "Skole" ([skuːl]) is the Norwegian form of "school". Both "skole" and "school" comes from the Latin word "schola".


  • Provide a complete software solution using free software and ...
    • tailored for the needs and use-cases in educational scenarios.
    • preconfigured for easy installation (standalone, as well as network-wide rollout).
    • easy to use, maintain, and administer.
    • supporting your language natively.

  • Classify and package all free software related to education.
  • Write documentation to describe how to use the various softwares (in an educational context).
  • International availability, currently being translated into XX languages

Get started

First steps

  • See how to ?download or ?order Skolelinux.

  • Fetch some Documentation and have a look at it. The first chapters of the manual provide a good overview. ;-)

  • Consider running a test installation with virtual machines.

Need help?

  • Please try to learn more about Debian Edu first. Use the search function of this wiki!

  • At least take a quick look at the pages for /Documentation, /Help, and /FAQ.

  • If you don't find usable information and solutions for your problem, talk with us. See below!

Talk to us

ML - mailing lists

  • The coordination of this project happens on the debian-edu mailing list.

    • Go there to subscribe to the list, browse its archives, or view some statistics.
    • If you only want to drop an email then just do so; you don't have to subscribe to the list. (But please mention that you are not subscribed.)
    • GMANE provides a news gateway and a webforum gateway to this list.

  • Further /MailingLists deal with user support, translation, and other issues.

IRC - internet relay chat

  • irc.debian.org





    development talk



    user/admin support



    user/admin support



    user/admin support



    development ldap user admin tool


Learn more from here


  • Here you can find a complete list of packages which are included by the Debian Edu metapackages; feel free to propose changes (to this as well as to the metapackages) on the mailing list.

  • For an easy installation of the education-related software, there are some metapackages for DebianEdu.
    see packages : education-tasks (all education-*packages)

  • If you are a developer you might be interested to fix some bugs. Have a look at the bugs of related packages.

Debian Edu Wiki

Learn more from other places


  • Our bug tracking system

    • View existing bugreports and feature requests; or create new ones.

    Linux Signpost

    • Become informed about alternatives to 'standard' commercial software and using linux.

Other languages: French, German, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish


Our meetings

Help us improve

Everyone can help

  • You can help in many ways:
    • take a look at some possibilities to /Contribute to DebianEdu;

    • write good documentation for the education related software;
    • join one of our /Teams;

    • (...)

Tasks for Debian Developers

  • You can help in many ways:
    • package and maintain the software listed in /ToPackage

    • package and maintain any software listed in Ofset that is not yet in Debian

    • sponsor non-Debian developers who are packaging education related software
    • integrate existing external packages into Debian; see /ToIntegrate

    • help with DebianInstaller to produce an even friendlier installer for people with limited computer-skills

    • (...)