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Third Debian Edu Squeeze based Beta Release, 6.0.4 edu beta3

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We are happy to announce "Debian Edu Squeeze 6.0.4 beta3"!

Debian Edu aka Skolelinux is a Linux distribution based on Debian
providing an out-of-the box environment of a completely configured
school network. It contains setup for a school server, PXE booting for
diskless machines, setup for installing stationary workstations and
setup for workstations that can be taken away from the school network.

Those who already tested beta2 will need to install their machines
again to get all the fixes and improvement now provided with beta3.

Complete download and installation instructions are available at

Read the "Getting Started" chapter of the manual to learn how to login
for the first time.

Please file bugs on any issues you find, and (probably somewhat
additionally) also mention those bugs and issues on our status page at

Testing and giving feedback to debian-edu@lists.debian.org or
#debian-edu on irc.debian.org is a very good way to start
contributing! Act now :-D

If you can do more, give the manual linked to above some love. It
needs it.

Changes compared to beta2 version

  * The default gateway is now, not
  * A tool subnet-change is provided to change the default backbone
    network after installation.
  * The dynamic DHCP range was extended on the backbone network to
    around 4k IP address, and around 200 IP addresses for the thin
    client network.
  * Enable automatic extending of full file systems on the Main Server
    by default. This can be disabled in LDAP.
  * Add code to re-enable stopped CUPS queues every hour on the Main
    Server, and flush all CUPS queues every night. Both can be
    disabled in LDAP.
  * Add new script pxe-addfirmware to insert hardware firmware in PXE
    images to support more hardware models.
  * Provide script sitesummary2ldapdhcp to update or populate GOsa
    with system objects using information gathered by sitesummary, to
    make it easier to add new computers to the network.
  * Now we disable (at least some of the) non-working features in GOsa
    to avoid confusing system administrators.
  * Drop the 'localadmin' user, and ask during installation of the
    Main-Server for user name and password for the first user (the
    admin user). This user is set up as GOsa administrator, and the
    'super-admin' user is no longer created, either. Also the Debian
    Edu menu reordering is enabled for this initial user.
  * Provide network blocking / exam mode by default, controlled by
    LDAP. This block selected hosts from accessing the Internet. In
    addition to network blocking, changes to the Squid proxy
    configuration is needed for this to be useful.
  * Now we provide a KDE menu entry for changing the password in GOsa.
  * Changing passwords using PAM is now working (by having implemented
    a workaround for bug #656309 in libpam-krb5). This will only
    update the Kerberos password, and not the Samba and GOsa(LDAP)
  * Make sure to report an error and abort the installation when
    trying to use the netinst images without a working Internet
    connection, instead of silently installing a broken system.
  * Change partitioning for Standalone installs, to have separate
    /home/ and no /usr.
  * Give first user on Standalone installs sudo access.
  * Updated documentation and translations
      + including images, as BTS 656846 has been fixed.

The following features are not working as they should

  * The RDP server set up on thin-client-servers gives distorted KDE
    desktop at least when logging in using rdesktop (#608195). This is
    a bug in the VNC server.
  * GOsa does not clean up properly when removing a system
    (server/net-device) from LDAP (#650258). A patch for Debian
    squeeze has been sent to the Debian release team.
  * GOsa proposes non-functional user names for people with non-ASCII
    characters in their names (#657086). This issue only occurs in
    gosa-2.6.11 (squeeze) and a patch for Debian squeeze has been sent
    to the Debian release team.

To download this multiarch netinstall CD release you can use

  * ftp://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/squeeze-beta/debian-edu-6.0.4+edub3-CD.iso
  * http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/squeeze-beta/debian-edu-6.0.4+edub3-CD.iso
  * rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/squeeze-beta/debian-edu-6.0.4+edub3-CD.iso

To download this multiarch DVD release you can use

  * ftp://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/squeeze-beta/debian-edu-6.0.4+edub3-DVD.iso
  * http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/squeeze-beta/debian-edu-6.0.4+edub3-DVD.iso
  * rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/squeeze-beta/debian-edu-6.0.4+edub3-DVD.iso

There is no source DVD available yet. It will be prepared when we get closer to
the final release.

You can also download using one of the Skolelinux mirrors.

  * ftp://ftp.halifax.rwth-aachen.de/skolelinux/skolelinux-cd/
  * http://mirror.isoc.org.il/pub/skolelinux/

The MD5SUM of these images are:

  * 72653a2083980d72ede0d26bd270c3fa debian-edu-6.0.4+edub3-CD.iso
  * c3873795fefc96aa74117a0f037c7dc4 debian-edu-6.0.4+edub3-DVD.iso

The SHA1SUM of these images are:

  * 9b65453af7c9848296e868d56a1b9e72fc1648de debian-edu-6.0.4+edub3-CD.iso
  * e3688ac58a1e3c1ce5b209914d46e958273c38f1 debian-edu-6.0.4+edub3-DVD.iso

These sums are also available GPG signed at

How to report bugs: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/HowTo/ReportBugs
- -- 
Happy hacking
Petter Reinholdtsen
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