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Debian-edu etch RC4 (terra) release Announcement

This is the fourth release candidate of debian-edu etch. Even though it
was planned to release the final version after rc3, it was decided to
release (at least) one more release candidate. The reason for this is,
that some critical bugs have been fixed and some new features and
changes have been implemented. So please file bugs at
http://bugs.skolelinux.org/ *now*, if you see any problems. If you do
not have hardware available to test on, please have a look at
http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/HowTo/TestCDinstall to learn about ways
to test without hardware.

Even if we did not hold the promise to release within 1.5 weeks after
rc3, we still plan to release soon.


  * Fixed admin user access to LDAP.
  * Keep the /etc directory under version control (using
  * Fixed students kde start menu and put some more icons on the
  * Changed the sitesummary client code to make it less likely that all
    clients connect to the server at the same time, to spread the load
    on the server.
  * Changed sitesummary to only add clients with munin-node installed
    to the list of munin clients to check.
  * Includes another round of translation updates for kde 3.5.5 for
    Bokmål and Nynorsk
  * Added 700 MiB of desktop packages proposed by Linex.
  * Fixed propagation of the LDAP SSL certificate to the clients.
  * Added support for the LDM_DIRECTX LTSP setting to reduce security
    for higher performance.
  * Prevent storage devices like usb-sticks and medias like cds
    inserted into the terminal server from raising an popup window on
    KDE sessions of remote terminal server users.
  * Restrict jradmins to only be able to change passwords of users who
    are not members of the "admins" group.
  * Improved the ltsp-make-client script used to generate the LTSP
    environment for diskless workstations.
  * Made sure all the support programs used by gcompris are installed
    by default.

Some features are still not working as they should. We are aware of
these at the moment and would like help finding a fix for it:

  * Enabling diskless workstation support break thin client support.
  * The LDAP server SSL certificate is not verified by the clients.
  * The http://wiki.skolelinux.no/DebianEdu/Documentation/Etch/AllInOne
    release documentation is a bit sparse.
  * The Sarge based Newdriftbook has not yet been updated to Etch.
  * Does not yet include live-helper to build live-CDs

The dvd ISO image is 4.4 GiB large. To download it, use either of these
  http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-etch-amd64-i386- powerpc-DVD-rc4.iso
  rsync ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-etch-amd64-i386-powerpc-DVD-rc4.iso

or for the netinstall cd you can download for i386
  rsync ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-etch-i386-netinst-rc4.iso

and for amd64
  rsync ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-etch-amd64-netinst-rc4.iso

The powerpc port is still under development, and are currently not
officially a supported part of Debian-Edu. The architecture have been
reported to work.

Debian-Edu Development Team

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