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Subject: First Jessie based Debian Edu beta release
Date: Sunday 25th April 2015
From: Holger Levsen <holger@layer-acht.org>
To: debian-devel-announce@lists.debian.org


the Debian Edu / Skolelinux project is pleased to announce the first *beta* 
release of Debian Edu "Jessie" 8.0+edu0~b1, which for the first time is 
composed entirely of packages from the current Debian stable release, Debian 8 

(As most reading this will know, Debian "Jessie" hasn't actually been released 
by now. The release is still in progress but should finish later today ;)

We expect to make a final release of Debian Edu "Jessie" in the coming weeks, 
timed with the first point release of Debian Jessie. Upgrades from this beta 
release of Debian Edu Jessie to the final release will be possible and 

Please report feedback to debian-edu@lists.debian.org and/or submit bugs: 

Debian Edu - sometimes also known as "Skolelinux" - is a complete operating 
system for schools, universities and other organisations. Through its pre-
prepared installation profiles administrators can install servers, 
workstations and laptops which will work in harmony on the school network. 
With Debian Edu, the teachers themselves or their technical support staff can 
roll out a complete multi-user, multi-machine study environment within hours 
or days.

Debian Edu is already in use at several hundred schools all over the world, 
particularly in Germany, Spain and Norway. Installations come with hundreds of 
applications pre-installed, plus the whole Debian archive of thousands of 
compatible packages within easy reach.

For those who want to give Debian Edu Jessie a try, download and installation 
instructions are available, including detailed instructions in the manual 
explaining the first steps, such as setting up a network or adding users. 
Please note that the password for the user your prompted for during 
installation must have a length of at least 5 characters!

== Where to download ==

A multi-architecture CD / usbstick image (649 MiB) for network booting can be 
downloaded at the following locations:

    rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-8.0+edu0~b1-
CD.iso . 

The SHA1SUM of this image is: 54a524d16246cddd8d2cfd6ea52f2dd78c47ee0a

Alternatively an extended DVD / usbstick image (4.9 GiB) is also available, 
with more software included (saving additional download time):

    rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-8.0+edu0~b1-

The SHA1SUM of this image is: fb1f1504a490c077a48653898f9d6a461cb3c636

Sources are available from the Debian archive, see 
http://ftp.debian.org/debian-cd/8.0.0/source/ for some download options.

== Debian Edu Jessie manual in seven languages ==

Please see https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Jessie/ for the 
English version of the Debian Edu jessie manual.

This manual has been fully translated to German, French, Italian, Danish, 
Dutch and Norwegian Bokmål. A partly translated version exists for Spanish. 
See http://maintainer.skolelinux.org/debian-edu-doc/ for online version of the 
translated manual.

More information about Debian 8 "Jessie" itself is provided in the release 
notes and the installation manual:
- http://www.debian.org/releases/jessie/releasenotes
- http://www.debian.org/releases/jessie/installmanual

== Errata / known problems ==

    It takes up to 15 minutes for a changed hostname to be updated via DHCP 

    The hostname script fails to update LTSP server hostname (#783087). 
Workaround: run update-hostname-from-ip on the client to update the hostname 

Check https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Status/Jessie for a possibly more 
current and complete list.

== Some more details about Debian Edu 8.0+edu0~b1 Codename Jessie released 
2015-04-25 ==

=== Software updates ===

Everything which is new in Debian 8 Jessie, e.g.:

 * Linux kernel 3.16.7-ctk9; for the i386 architecture, support for i486 
processors has been dropped; oldest supported ones: i586 (like Intel Pentium 
and AMD K5).
 * Desktop environments KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.11.13, GNOME 3.14, Xfce 4.12, 
LXDE 0.5.6
   * new optional desktop environment: MATE 1.8
   *  KDE Plasma Workspaces is installed by default; to choose one of the 
others see the manual. 
 * the browsers Iceweasel 31 ESR and Chromium 41
 * LibreOffice 4.3.3
 * GOsa 2.7.4
 * LTSP 5.5.4
 * CUPS print system 1.7.5
 * new boot framework: systemd
 * Educational toolbox GCompris 14.12
 * Music creator Rosegarden 14.02
 * Image editor Gimp 2.8.14
 * Virtual stargazer Stellarium 0.13.1
 * golearn 0.9
 * tuxpaint 0.9.22
 * New version of debian-installer from Debian Jessie.
 * Debian Jessie includes about 43000 packages available for installation.
 * More information about Debian 8 Jessie is provided in its release notes and 
the installation manual, see the link above.

=== Installation changes ===

    Installations done via PXE now also install firmware automatically for the 
hardware present. 

=== Fixed bugs ===

A number of bugs have been fixed in this release; the most noticeable from a 
user perspective:

 * Inserting incorrect DNS information in Gosa will no longer break DNS 
completely, but instead stop DNS updates until the incorrect information is 
corrected (710362)

 * shutdown-at-night now shuts the system down if gdm3 is used (775608). 

=== Sugar desktop removed ===

As the Sugar desktop was removed from Debian Jessie, it is also not available 
in Debian Edu jessie.

== About Debian Edu / Skolelinux ==

Debian Edu, also known as Skolelinux, is a Linux distribution based on Debian 
providing an out-of-the box environment of a completely configured school 
network. Directly after installation a school server running all services 
needed for a school network is set up just waiting for users and machines 
being added via GOsa², a comfortable Web-UI. A netbooting environment is 
prepared using PXE, so after initial installation of the main server from CD 
or USB stick all other machines can be installed via the network. The provided 
school server provides LDAP database and Kerberos authentication service, 
centralized home directories, DHCP server, web proxy and many other services. 
The desktop contains more than 60 educational software packages and more are 
available from the Debian archive, and schools can choose between KDE, GNOME, 
LXDE, Xfce and MATE desktop environment.

== About Debian ==

The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly free 
community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of the largest 
and most influential open source projects. Thousands of volunteers from all 
over the world work together to create and maintain Debian software. Available 
in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range of computer types, Debian calls 
itself the universal operating system.

== Thanks ==

Thanks to everyone making Debian and Debian Edu / Skolelinux happen! You rock. 



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