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Debian Edu / Skolelinux Wheezy — a complete Linux solution for your school

The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
Debian Edu — a complete Linux solution for your school  press@debian.org
September 28th, 2013            http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130928

Debian Edu is a complete operating system for schools. Through its
various installation profiles you can install servers, workstations and
laptops which will work together on the school network. With Debian Edu,
the teachers themselves or their technical support can roll out a
complete multi-user multi-machine study environment within hours or a
few days. Debian Edu comes with hundreds of applications pre-installed,
but you can always add more packages from Debian.

The Debian Edu developer team is happy to announce Debian Edu 7.1+edu0
"Wheezy", the sixth Debian Edu / Skolelinux release, based on Debian 7
(aka "Wheezy"), which has been updated and carefully improved compared
to the previous Squeeze release while keeping its unique feature set and
ease of maintainability.

Some recent feedback:

  * Giorgio Pioda, system administrator, who is using Debian Edu at SPSE
    (Scuola per Sportivi d’Élite [1]) in Tenero, Switzerland (Cantone
    Ticino, Italian speaking part), says: "I can report that I'm on
    production with Debian Edu Wheezy since mid-August and it works rock
    solid, we are using it every day."
  * Nigel Barker, IT Coordinator at Hiroshima International School [2],
    Japan: "I was able to get a new Tjener and computer room ready for
    the new school year in only 4 days following the beta 1 release. I
    have been very happy with the way things have been running during
    the first month of school."
  * Lucas Nussbaum, Debian [3] Project Leader: "Debian Edu is a
    fantastic project, for at least two reasons. First, because it
    exposes a wider public, and specifically children, to Free Software
    and Debian. Second, because it demonstrates how one can build a
    successful distribution on top of Debian, while doing all the work
    inside Debian."

    1: http://www.spse.ch/
    2: http://www.hiroshima-is.ac.jp/
    3: http://www.debian.org/

About Debian Edu and Skolelinux

Debian Edu, also known as Skolelinux [4], is a Linux distribution based
on Debian providing an out-of-the box environment of a completely
configured school network. Immediately after installation a school
server running all services needed for a school network is set up just
waiting for users and machines to be 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 an
LDAP database and Kerberos authentication service, centralized home
directories, a DHCP server, a web proxy and many other services. The
desktop contains more than 60 educational software packages [5] and more
besides are available from the Debian archive, and schools can choose
between KDE Plasma, GNOME, LXDE and Xfce desktop environments.

    4: http://www.skolelinux.org/
    5: http://people.skolelinux.org/pere/blog/Educational_applications_included_in_Debian_Edu___Skolelinux__the_screenshot_collection____.html

Full release notes and manual

Below the download URLs, there is a list of some of the new features of
Debian Edu 7.1+edu0 "Wheezy". The full list is part of the manual. (See
the English version on the wiki [6] and the manual translations
installed on maintainer.skolelinux.org [7]).

    6: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Wheezy/Features
    7: http://maintainer.skolelinux.org/debian-edu-doc/

Where to get it

To download the multiarch netinstall CD release (655 MiB) you can use:

  * ftp://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-7.1+edu0-CD.iso
  * http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-7.1+edu0-CD.iso
  * rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-7.1+edu0-CD.iso

The SHA1SUM of this image is: bebcb64d38e34e7c9f04db9f251a5e55bdb56670

To download the multiarch USB stick ISO release (5.4 GiB) you can use:

  * ftp://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-7.1+edu0-USB.iso
  * http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-7.1+edu0-USB.iso
  * rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-7.1+edu0-USB.iso

The SHA1SUM of this image is: a86ec62c06890dc0d32a82ebaca093e72b35e09c

New features for Debian Edu 7.1+edu0 "Wheezy"

These are the (shortened) release notes for Debian Edu / Skolelinux
7.1+edu0, based on Debian 7.1 with codename "Wheezy".

  * New version of debian-installer from Debian Wheezy, see the
    installation manual [8] for more details.
  * The DVD image was dropped; instead we added a USB flash drive / Blu-
    ray Disc image, which behaves like the DVD image, but is too big to
    fit on a DVD.

    8: http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/installmanual

Everything which is new in Debian Wheezy 7.1, e.g.: Linux kernel 3.2.x
Desktop environments KDE Plasma 4.8.4, GNOME 3.4, Xfce 4.8.6, and LXDE
0.5.5 (KDE Plasma is installed by default; to choose GNOME, Xfce or
LXDE: see manual) Web browser Iceweasel 17 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 Debian Wheezy includes about
37000 packages available for installation. More information about Debian
Wheezy 7.1 is provided in the release notes [9] and the installation
manual [10].

  * Translation updates for the templates used in the installer. These
    templates are now available in 29 languages.
  * The Debian Edu Wheezy Manual is fully translated to German, French,
    Italian and Danish. Partly translated versions exist for Norwegian
    Bokmål and Spanish.

    9: http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/releasenotes
   10: http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/installmanual

  * New Xfce desktop task.
  * LTSP diskless workstations run without any configuration.

The source of the packages on the CD and USB stick ISO is available as a
USB stick ISO (7.6 GiB). To download it you can use:

  * ftp://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-7.1+edu0-source-USB.iso
  * http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-7.1+edu0-source-USB.iso
  * rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-7.1+edu0-source-USB.iso

The SHA1SUM of this image is: 1e926e49fdd1076f332c7c4abce3fb43049cddb7

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