Debian-Edu: Skolelinux 3.0 Terra available for free download! * Oslo - July 22., 2007 Skolelinux 3.0 is ready. This is an community release with comprehensive support from regional and national projects in Germany, Spain, France, Greece and Norway. The Skolelinux project is now a part of Debian under the name Debian-Edu. Several other projects have made additional functionality to Skolelinux tailored for national needs. Skolelinux now supports more than 50 countries. Whats new in Skolelinux 3.0: * based on Debian 4.0 "etch" and therefore compatible to LSB 3.1, using kernel 2.6.18 and KDE 3.5.5 * Full support for networked Thin clients, LowFat (diskless) clients, Workstations and Laptops. With the LowFat clients users got full PC functionality with extremely low maintenance cost. The use of LowFat clients gives full support for sound, video, USB memory stick's and DVDs without the need for a local installation. * Skolelinux now got more than 80 applications selected for pedagogic uses, supporting more than 50 languages. Many new applications are introduced in addition to popular classic as GCompris, KDE-Edu, Iceweasel (unbranded version of Firefox) and OpenOffice.org. * Installation is a breeze: Both the installation and source code for all software are now distributed on a single DVD now supporting three different processor platforms as i386, PowerPC and AMD64. This makes it more easy to choose hardware, and to study the recipes behind the software. Those interested can exercise their freedom to learn, participate and share knowledge more easily. Installation CDs are also available, but requires a working Internet connection for installation. About Skolelinux Skolelinux is a complete tailored software solution for the needs of any educational institution or school. It is a ready computer system were the school does not need to piece together the components. Skolelinux is the result of the work of the Debian Edu project and Debian Edu is an official Debian subproject. It is installed in a great number of schools in Norway, Germany, France and other countries. Municipalities and Commercial Service Providers run Skolelinux across multiple schools, operated and maintained centrally. Service providers report that the "lowfat clients" require half the maintenance cost of other desktop alternatives. The next milestone of Skolelinux development will be to merge the Debian-based LinEx distro into Debian Edu. Currently LinEx is used by more than 250,000 students and public employees in the region of Extremadura in Spain. In depth "Lowfat clients" is also known as Diskless workstations. They run applications locally on the client. All software comes from the server instead of locally from the client hard drive. Recommended minimum requirement for client machines is > 256 MB RAM and 800 MHz CPU. Skolelinux now got improved tools for system surveillance and maintenance. Roadmap for next merging of LinEx and Debian-Edu: - http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/LinEx2DebianEdu-Roadmap Please note that the documentation for the 3.0 Terra release is only available in English at the moment and contains some rough edges. We have considered releasing before the end of the summer holidays more important and we will fix those rough edges in the coming weeks, when we also expect more translations to show up. Those fixes will be included in the upcoming 3.0 r1 release. Contact information * General information about Debian-Edu or Skolelinux: - E-mail: debian-edu AT lists.debian.org * Media contacts - Norway Anders Kringstad Hanssen <akai AT skolelinux.no> +47 932 82 137 (cellphone) Knut Yrvin <knuty AT skolelinux.no> +47 908 95 765 (cellphone) - Germany Kurt Gramlich <kurt AT skolelinux.de> - Spain José "L. Redrejo" Rodríguez <jredrejo AT edu.juntaextremadura.net> - France Thierry Stauder <thierry AT skolelinux.fr> - Pakistan Tariq Farooqi <tariq AT linuxpakistan.net> +92-21-6622134 (cellphone) For more information about Debian-Edu/Skolelinux please see our webpage at http://www.skolelinux.org. Download: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Download A complete list of improvements have been made available at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/ReleaseNotes Cheers Steffen
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