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Debian Edu / Skolelinux Bullseye — a complete Linux solution for your school

The Debian Project                               https://www.debian.org/
Debian Edu / Skolelinux Bullseye — a complete 
Linux solution for your school                          press@debian.org
August 15th, 2021              https://www.debian.org/News/2021/20210815

Are you the administrator for a computer lab or an entire school
network? Would you like to install servers, workstations, and laptops to
work together? Do you want the stability of Debian with network services
already preconfigured? Do you wish to have a web-based tool to manage
systems and several hundred or even more user accounts? Have you asked
yourself if and how older computers could be used?

Then Debian Edu is for you. The teachers themselves or their technical
support can roll out a complete multi-user multi-machine study
environment within a few days. Debian Edu comes with hundreds of
applications pre-installed, and you can always add more packages from

The Debian Edu developer team is happy to announce Debian Edu 11
"Bullseye", the Debian Edu / Skolelinux release based on the Debian 11
"Bullseye" release. Please consider testing it and reporting back
(<debian-edu@lists.debian.org>) to help us to improve it further.

About Debian Edu and Skolelinux

Debian Edu, also known as Skolelinux [1], is a Linux distribution based
on Debian providing an out-of-the box environment of a completely
configured school network. Immediately after installation, a school
server running all services needed for a school network is set up just
waiting for users and machines to be added via GOsa², a comfortable web
interface. A netbooting environment is prepared, so after initial
installation of the main server from CD / DVD / BD or USB stick all
other machines can be installed via the network. Older computers (even
up to ten or so years old) can be used as LTSP thin clients or diskless
workstations, booting from the network without any installation and
configuration at all. The Debian Edu school server provides an LDAP
database and Kerberos authentication service, centralized home
directories, a DHCP server, a web proxy and many other services. The
desktop environment contains more than 70 educational software packages
and more are available from the Debian archive. Schools can choose
between the desktop environments Xfce, GNOME, LXDE, MATE, KDE Plasma,
Cinnamon and LXQt.

    1: https://blends.debian.org/edu

New features for Debian Edu 11 "Bullseye"

These are some items from the release notes for Debian Edu 11
"Bullseye", based on the Debian 11 "Bullseye" release. The full list
including more detailed information is part of the related Debian Edu
manual chapter [2].

  * New LTSP [3] to support diskless workstations. Thin clients are still supported, now using X2Go [4] technology.
  * Booting over the network is provided using iPXE instead of PXELINUX to be compliant with LTSP.
  * The Debian Installer's graphical mode is used for iPXE installations.
  * Samba is now configured as "standalone server" with support for SMB2/SMB3.
  * DuckDuckGo is used as default search provider for both Firefox ESR and Chromium.
  * New tool added to set up freeRADIUS with support for both EAP-TTLS/PAP and PEAP-MSCHAPV2 methods.
  * Improved tool available to configure a new system with "Minimal" profile as dedicated gateway.

    2: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Bullseye/Features#New_features_in_Debian_Edu_Bullseye
    3: https://ltsp.org
    4: https://wiki.x2go.org

Download options, installation steps and manual

Official Debian Network-Installer CD images for both 64-bit and 32-bit
PCs are available. The 32-bit image will only be needed in rare cases
(for PCs older than around 15 years). The images can be downloaded at
the following locations:

  * http://get.debian.org/cdimage/release/current/amd64/iso-cd
  * http://get.debian.org/cdimage/release/current/i386/iso-cd

Alternatively official Debian BD images (more than 5 GB in size) are
also available. It is possible to set up a whole Debian Edu network
without an Internet connection (including all desktop environments and
localization for all languages supported by Debian). These images can be
downloaded at the following locations:

  * http://get.debian.org/cdimage/release/current/amd64/iso-bd
  * http://get.debian.org/cdimage/release/current/i386/iso-bd

The images can be verified using the signed checksums provided in the
download directory.
Once you've downloaded an image, you can check that its checksum matches
that expected from the checksum file; and that the checksum file has not
been tampered with. For more information about how to do these steps,
read the verification guide [5].

    5: https://www.debian.org/CD/verify

Debian Edu 11 "Bullseye" is entirely based on Debian 11 "Bullseye" ; so
the sources for all packages are available from the Debian archive.

Please note the Debian Edu Bullseye status page [6]. for always up-to-
date information about Debian Edu 11 "Bullseye" including instructions
how to use rsync for downloading the ISO images.

    6: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Status/Bullseye

When upgrading from Debian Edu 10 "Buster" please read the related
Debian Edu manual chapter [7].

    7: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Bullseye/Upgrades

For installation notes please read the related Debian Edu manual
chapter [8].

    8: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Bullseye/Installation#Installing_Debian_Edu

After installation you need to take these first steps [9].

    9: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Bullseye/GettingStarted

Please see the Debian Edu wiki pages [10] for the latest English version
of the Debian Edu "Bullseye" manual. The manual has been fully
translated to German, French, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian Bokmål,
Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Portuguese (Portugal). Partly
translated versions exist for Spanish, Romanian and Polish. An overview
of the latest published versions of the manual [11] is available.

   10: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Bullseye/
   11: https://jenkins.debian.net/userContent/debian-edu-doc/

More information about Debian 11 "Bullseye" itself is provided in the
release notes and the installation manual; see https://www.debian.org/.

About Debian

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volunteer their time and effort in order to produce the completely free
operating system Debian.

Contact Information

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https://www.debian.org/ or send mail to <press@debian.org>.

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