It is aiming to provide an out-of-the-box localised environment tailored for schools and universities.
The out-of-the-box environment comes with 75 applications aimed at schools, as well as 15 network services pre-configured for a school environment.
The simple, three-question installation requires minimal technical knowledge. Skolelinux is Debian, which means, among other things, that there are no license costs or worries, and that upgrade and maintenance of the software can be done over the Internet with the power of Debian's apt-get. The core goals of Skolelinux are localisation and ease of system administration.
Updates (via Distrowatch):
Petter Reinholdtsen has announced the availability of the first alpha release of Skolelinux Linux 6.0.0, a distribution designed for schools and based on Debian "Squeeze": "This is the second test release based on Squeeze. The focus of this release is the thin clients and the diskless workstation setup. Changes compared to alpha 0 and 'Lenny' versions: everything from Debian 'Squeeze'; new version of Debian Installer; added code in the installer to select suggested profile combinations by default based on the detected environment; PXE boot setup now works when installing from the DVD; new tool notify-local-users to send desktop notification to all logged-in users on a machine; disable the idle job and user killer for roaming workstation profiles; remove all hard -oded settings on workstations."
See the rest of the release announcement for full details.
Download the multi-architecture installation DVD image from here: debian-edu-6.0.0+edua1-DVD.iso (4,478MB, MD5).
• 2010-10-25: Development Release: Skolelinux 6.0.0 Alpha 1
• 2010-07-28: Development Release: Skolelinux 6.0 Alpha 0
• 2010-02-10: Distribution Release: Skolelinux 5.0
• 2010-02-01: Development Release: Skolelinux 5.0 RC2
• 2007-12-06: Distribution Release: Skolelinux 3.0r1
• 2007-07-22: Distribution Release: Skolelinux 3.0
The project came into being in June 2001 when Petter Reinholdtsen and Knut Yrvin talked at a summer party about the misery in school. Almost exclusively there was deployed proprietary software with user-unfriendly licences. This should be changed and today there are surely more than 200 schools in Norway alone which work with Skolelinux. Furthermore the project is capable of paying three people full time and in addition to this there are a number of volunteers doing short stints.
Arisen as a Debian derivative in Norway last year Skolelinux merged more or less with the Debian subproject DebianEDU. Surely this was quite important for the circumstance that people from different countries were now interested in Skolelinux. And so we arrive at Kurt Gramlich and Skolelinux Germany, who adapted the school distribution to country specific situations. By the way this means not only translating it into the own language but also things as screen locking at school which is not necessary in every country.
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