Hi, I'm proud to announce Debian Edu 5.0.4+edu0 is finally ready for you to download and enjoy! Skolelinux 5.0 / Debian-Edu 5.0.4+edu0 released! ================================================ Oslo, Hamburg, Badajoz, Tokyo, Taipeh - February 8, 2010 The Debian Edu Team is proud to take the next step in making free software suitable for educational purposes by releasing Skolelinux 5.0! Skolelinux is based on Debian 5.0 "Lenny". As usual, it comes with predefined installation profiles making it easy to set up the network, ranging from the main server to workstations and thin clients. It is supported and used by many regional and national projects, the most active ones being in Norway, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Taiwan and Japan. It is available in more than 50 languages. What's new in Skolelinux 5.0 ============================ Skolelinux is based on Debian 5.0 "Lenny" and is therefore compatible with Linux Standard Base (LSB) 3.2. It uses kernel 2.6.26, KDE 3.5.10, and GNOME 2.22.2. This is first Debian Edu release which has been merged with the highly successful LinEx GNU/Linux based educational project from the region of Extremadura in Spain. The most visible result being the GNOME desktop now being supported in addition to KDE. The setup of terminal servers has been improved and now supports diskless workstations out of the box. A new customisable PXE startup menu allows users to choose between a diskless workstation, a thin client workstation, and even a PXE-installation of Skolelinux. The student desktop has also been improved with shortcuts to educational software like GCompris, Kalzium, KGeography, KMplot, KStars, Stopmotion and the OpenOffice suite. The documentation has been further improved and translated from English to German, Italian and Norwegian. Incomplete translations are available for Spanish, French and Chinese. Please consider helping by translating to your native language or by reviewing the English original! Browser plugin-support has been improved with free software products including Gnash, Java and other plug-ins. In addition to ALSA and OSS sound system, PulseAudio has been added for better audio and multimedia performance on workstations and diskless workstations machines. Improved and simplified user and machine administration tool known as LWAT (LDAP Web-based Administration Tool). Improved machine and network surveillance now reporting status on all machines added to the network. Downloads ========= To download this multiarch netinstall release you can use http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-CD.iso rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-CD.iso To download this multiarch dvd release you can use http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-DVD.iso rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-DVD.iso To download the source DVD you can use ftp://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-source-DVD.iso (ftp, http and rsync are supported for all images.) The MD5SUM of these images are 01e4ad9bcb36380076bfb19fa81a0465 debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-CD.iso ec3b592931491d50f10b8f7f38ad1da3 debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-DVD.iso c8253bc5d29b8a4d66378271d72a9f08 debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-source-DVD.iso The SHA1SUM of these images are 19041c2bb9c6a8c5ca692085379c5736522f921b debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-CD.iso 49883e1d714ba9df805d9f1c8bdc6bb224c98e19 debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-DVD.iso 2da737ba64797eb102596eb577958ef37119cfce debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-source-DVD.iso How to report bugs: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/HowTo/ReportBugsInBugzilla Going forward ============= The next milestone is a pointrelease, 5.0.4+edu1, around mid-March 2010, with updates to the documentation and its translations as well as some important bugfixes. The subsequent milestone of Skolelinux development introducting new major features is aimed at releasing simultaneously with Debian Squeeze, which is currently scheduled for the second half of 2010. About Skolelinux ================ Skolelinux is a software solution tailored to the needs of schools and other educational institutions. It provides a complete system, from the central server running all the services the school needs, to the desktop software students use in class. Skolelinux works out of the box with no tricky setup to perform. Skolelinux provides the following: Full support for networked thin clients, diskless workstations, and disk-based workstations and laptops. With diskless workstations users get full PC functionality combined with the maintenance level of thin clients. Sound, video, USB memory sticks, and DVDs are supported. A new start up screen also allows local installation over PXE. Skolelinux has over 80 applications pre-installed specifically for educational use. It is available in over 50 languages. Many new applications have been introduced in addition to popular classics such as GCompris, KDE Edu, Firefox (branded as Iceweasel due to Trademark restrictions) and OpenOffice.org. You can install Skolelinux from a network install CD or from a single DVD supporting several processor architectures (i386, AMD64 and PowerPC). Skolelinux has low hardware requirements: a diskless workstation runs nicely with 256 MB of RAM, local swap and a 800 MHz processor. The manual describes a slightly more powerful recommendation for multimedia use. Skolelinux is free software. The primary goal is to provide schools and students with every building block of a computer system. By providing an easy to use system, including the source code, students can study software, learn how it is written, and create software code. We emphasize learning by doing. Students can grow and excel by participating and sharing knowledge. The software has no restrictions on use, copying, or learning. Skolelinux is the result of the work of the Debian Edu project. Debian Edu is an official part of Debian, and Skolelinux is a "Debian Pure Blend". It is installed at many or all of the schools in municipalities, regions and cities throughout Europe, Asia and South America. Several regions and states run and maintain Skolelinux centrally with commercial service providers or public employees. Smaller installations at single schools can be maintained part-time by a teacher with no particular training. Reports from commercial and public installations suggest that diskless workstations require half the maintenance costs compared to ordinary desktop alternatives. Quotes ====== "Unlike similar projects, Skolelinux takes care of the whole school network, not just the student computers. This makes it possible for me to deploy far more machines in a secure and stable network, without worrying about how to configure and maintain services, and without any tech support." Nigel Barker, IT co-ordinator and Chemistry teacher, Hiroshima International School. "We will most likely be able to reach the goals of The Knowledge Promotion Reform because of Skolelinux.", says principal Heidi Olsen Sværd at Håvik school in Narvik municipality. "It is easy to maintain. We have had a few startup problems, but surprisingly few", Monica Larssen, IT co-ordinator/ advisor in Harstad municipality says. Contact information and more ============================ General information about Debian-Edu or Skolelinux: E-mail: email@example.com Media contacts Alexander Reichle-Schmehl <firstname.lastname@example.org> For more information about Debian-Edu/Skolelinux please see our webpage at http://www.skolelinux.org. Manual, most current version: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Lenny/ Manual, Translations: http://maintainer.skolelinux.org/debian-edu-doc/ Release notes: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/ReleaseNotes http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux/lenny_needs_love.html A complete feature list http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Lenny/Features cheers, Holger
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