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First alpha release of Debian Edu/Skolelinux based on Debian Wheezy

New features for Debian Edu ~7.0.0 alpha0 released 2013-04-26

This is the release notes for for Debian Edu / Skolelinux ~7.0.0 edu
alpha0, based on Debian with codename "Wheezy".

About Debian Edu and Skolelinux

Debian Edu, also known as Skolelinux[1], is a Linux distribution based
on Debian providing an out-of-the box environment of a completely
configured school network. Immediatly 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, DVD or USB stick all other
machines can be installed via the network.

 1) <URL: http://www.skolelinux.org/ >

This is the first test release based on Wheezy (which currently is not
released yet). Basically this is an updated and slightly improved
version compared to the Squeeze release.

Software updates
  * Everything which is new in Debian Wheezy, eg:
       + Linux kernel 3.2.x
       + Desktop environments KDE "Plasma" 4.8.4, GNOME 3.4, and LXDE 4
         (KDE is installed by default; to choose GNOME or LXDE: see
       + Web browser Iceweasel 10 ESR
       + LibreOffice 3.5.4
       + LTSP 5.4.2
       + GOsa 2.7.4
       + CUPS print system 1.5.3
       + Educational toolbox GCompris 12.01
       + Music creator Rosegarden 12.04
       + Image editor Gimp 2.8.2
       + Virtual universe Celestia 1.6.1
       + Virtual stargazer Stellarium 0.11.3
       + Scratch visual programming environment
       + New version of debian-installer from Debian Wheezy, see
         installation manual[2] for more details.
       + Debian Wheezy includes about 37000 packages available for
       + More information about Debian Wheezy 7.0 is provided in the
         release notes[3] and the installation manual[4].

  2) <URL: http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/installmanual >
  3) <URL: http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/releasenotes >
  4) <URL: http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/installmanual >


  * The (English[5]) Debian Edu Wheezy Manual is fully translated to
    German, French, Italian and Danish. Partly translated versions exist
    for Norwegian Bokmal and Spanish.

  5) <URL: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Wheezy >

LDAP related changes

  * Slight changes to some objects and acls to have more types to
    choose from when adding systems in GOsa. Now systems can be of type
    server, workstation, printer, terminal or netdevice.

Other changes
  * LTSP clients start as diskless workstation / thin client can be
    configured via command line argument -- or individually adding an
    entry in lts.conf or LDAP.
  * GOsa gui: Now some options that seemed to be available, but are non
    functional, are greyed out (or are not clickable). Some tabs are
    completely hidden to the end user, others even to the GOsa admin.

  * No mass import of user account data in GOsa (ldif or csv) available

No updated artwork
  * Updated artwork which is visible during installation, in the login
    screen and as desktop wallpaper is still missing or the same as we
    had for our Squeeze based release.

Where to get it
To download the multiarch netinstall CD release you can use
  * ftp://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/wheezy/
  * http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/wheezy/
  * rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/wheezy/

The MD5SUM of this image is:
  * c5e773ddafdaa4f48c409c682f598b6c

The SHA1SUM of this image is:
  * 25934fabb9b7d20235499a0a51f08ce6c54215f2

How to report bugs


Happy hacking
Petter Reinholdtsen

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