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

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Debian Edu / Skolelinux Jessie — a complete Linux solution for your
July 2nd, 2016                 https://www.debian.org/News/2016/20160702

Do you have to administrate a computer lab or a whole school network?
Would you like to install servers, workstations and laptops which will
then work together? Do you want the stability of Debian with network
services already preconfigured? Do you wish to have a web-based tool to
manage systems and several hundred or even more user accounts? Have you
asked yourself if and how older computers could be used?

Then Debian Edu is for you. The teachers themselves or their technical
support can roll out a complete multi-user multi-machine study
environment within a few days. Debian Edu comes with hundreds of
applications pre-installed, but you can always add more packages from

The Debian Edu developer team is happy to announce Debian Edu 8+edu0
"Jessie", the latest Debian Edu / Skolelinux release, entirely based on
Debian 8 "Jessie", update 8.5. Upgrades from previous beta releases of
Debian Edu Jessie to this release are possible and encouraged!

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. 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
interface. A netbooting environment is prepared, so after initial
installation of the main server from CD or USB stick all other machines
can be installed via the network. Older computers (even up to ten or so
years old) can be used as LTSP thin clients or diskless workstations,
booting from the network without any installation at all. The Debian Edu
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 and more are available from the Debian archive.
Schools can choose between the desktop environments KDE Plasma, GNOME,
LXDE, MATE and Xfce.

    1: http://www.skolelinux.org/

Some recent feedback:

Giorgio Pioda, system administrator, who is using Debian Edu at SPSE
(Scuola per Sportivi d’Élite [2]) in Tenero, Switzerland (Cantone
Ticino, Italian speaking part), says: "We are using Debian Edu Jessie
already since July 2015 and very much enjoy its stability since day

    2: http://www.spse.ch/

Matthias Hierweck, Studienrat (senior teacher), at "Mildred-Scheel-
Berufskolleg" in Solingen, Germany reports: "Since September 2015 a
Debian Edu Jessie combi server is running in a computerroom newly set up
by me. 34, to some extent older computers and laptops are used as
diskless workstations; these are working just fine with LXDE."

Uwe Blahowsky, principal at "Schule im Pfeifferhof" in Graz, Austria,
wrote: "Since 2011 the school's computer system is managed using
Skolelinux. In February 2016 we (Mario Fetka and me) switched to Debian
Edu Jessie. The system consisting of a main server, 10 Linux
workstations for both teachers and pupils, and 2 Windows7 computers for
the school administration, is running very stable. The pupils and
teachers are getting on very well with it; they are mainly using the
Chromium browser to do web research and Libre Office for word
processing. The Libre Office update is clearly noticeable in the daily
work. Another great relief for me as administrator is the GOsa² web
interface to manage users and systems."

New features for Debian Edu 8+edu0 "Jessie"

These are some items from the release notes for Debian Edu / Skolelinux
8+edu0, based on Debian 8.5 with codename "Jessie". The full list is
part of the manual.

  * If a system is installed via network boot the firmware for the
    hardware present is now installed automatically.
  * MATE 1.8 is now available as optional desktop environment.
  * In addition, a Dutch translation of the manual is available, and
    the Norwegian Bokmål one is now complete.

Download options, installation steps and manual

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

  * ftp://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-8+edu0-CD.iso [3]
  * http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-8+edu0-CD.iso [4]
  * rsync -avzP

    3: ftp://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-8+edu0-CD.iso
    4: http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-8+edu0-CD.iso

The SHA1SUM of this image is: b82eea8a47f471a2ead0434279e2d3e2e66eed53

Alternatively an extended DVD / USB stick image (5 GiB) is also
available, with more software included (saving additional download time
during installs):

  * ftp://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-8+edu0-USB.iso [5]
    http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-8+edu0-USB.iso [6]
  * rsync -avzP

    5: ftp://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-8+edu0-USB.iso
    6: http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-8+edu0-USB.iso

The SHA1SUM of this image is: cffac38cca13a7e6be5888c21088fd6b57398f88

Sources are available from the Debian archive, see
cdimage.debian.org [7] for some download options.

    7: http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/8.5.0/source/

Please note the Debian Edu Jessie status page. [8]

    8: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Status/Jessie

For installation notes please read the related Debian Edu manual
chapter. [9]


After installation you need to take these first steps. [10]


When upgrading from wheezy please read the related Debian Edu manual
chapter. [11]

   11: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Jessie/Upgrades

Please see the Debian Edu wiki pages [12] for the latest English version
of the Debian Edu "Jessie" manual. The manual has been fully translated
to German, French, Italian, Danish, Dutch and Norwegian Bokmål. A partly
translated version exists for Spanish. See the manual translations
installed on maintainer.skolelinux.org [13]).

   12: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Jessie/
   13: http://maintainer.skolelinux.org/debian-edu-doc/

You can also visit jenkins.debian.net [14] for the latest translated
versions of the manual.

   14: https://jenkins.debian.net/userContent/debian-edu-doc/

More information about Debian 8 "Jessie" itself is provided in the
release notes and the installation manual; see https://www.debian.org/.

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