Hi, I’m proud to announce Debian Edu 5.0.4+edu0 is finally ready for you to download and enjoy!
Skolelinux 5.0 / Debian-Edu 5.0.4+edu0 released!
Oslo, Hamburg, Badajoz, Tokyo, Taipeh – February 8, 2010
The Debian Edu Team is proud to take the next step in making free software
suitable for educational purposes by releasing Skolelinux 5.0!
Skolelinux is based on Debian 5.0 “Lenny”. As usual, it comes with predefined
installation profiles making it easy to set up the network, ranging from the
main server to workstations and thin clients. It is supported and used by
many regional and national projects, the most active ones being in Norway,
Germany, Spain, Denmark, Taiwan and Japan. It is available in more than 50
What’s new in Skolelinux 5.0
Skolelinux is based on Debian 5.0 “Lenny” and is therefore compatible with
Linux Standard Base (LSB) 3.2. It uses kernel 2.6.26, KDE 3.5.10, and GNOME
This is first Debian Edu release which has been merged with the highly
successful LinEx GNU/Linux based educational project from the region of
Extremadura in Spain. The most visible result being the GNOME desktop now
being supported in addition to KDE.
The setup of terminal servers has been improved and now supports diskless
workstations out of the box. A new customisable PXE startup menu allows users
to choose between a diskless workstation, a thin client workstation, and even
a PXE-installation of Skolelinux.
The student desktop has also been improved with shortcuts to educational
software like GCompris, Kalzium, KGeography, KMplot, KStars, Stopmotion and
the OpenOffice suite.
The documentation has been further improved and translated from English to
German, Italian and Norwegian. Incomplete translations are available for
Spanish, French and Chinese. Please consider helping by translating to your
native language or by reviewing the English original!
Browser plugin-support has been improved with free software products including
Gnash, Java and other plug-ins.
In addition to ALSA and OSS sound system, PulseAudio has been added for better
audio and multimedia performance on workstations and diskless workstations
Improved and simplified user and machine administration tool known as LWAT
(LDAP Web-based Administration Tool).
Improved machine and network surveillance now reporting status on all machines
added to the network.
To download this multiarch netinstall release you can use
rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-CD.iso
To download this multiarch dvd release you can use
rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-DVD.iso
To download the source DVD you can use
(ftp, http and rsync are supported for all images.)
The MD5SUM of these images are
The SHA1SUM of these images are
How to report bugs:
The next milestone is a pointrelease, 5.0.4+edu1, around mid-March 2010, with
updates to the documentation and its translations as well as some important
The subsequent milestone of Skolelinux development introducting new major
features is aimed at releasing simultaneously with Debian Squeeze, which is
currently scheduled for the second half of 2010.
Skolelinux is a software solution tailored to the needs of schools and other
educational institutions. It provides a complete system, from the central
server running all the services the school needs, to the desktop software
students use in class. Skolelinux works out of the box with no tricky setup
to perform. Skolelinux provides the following:
Full support for networked thin clients, diskless workstations, and disk-based
workstations and laptops. With diskless workstations users get full PC
functionality combined with the maintenance level of thin clients. Sound,
video, USB memory sticks, and DVDs are supported. A new start up screen also
allows local installation over PXE.
Skolelinux has over 80 applications pre-installed specifically for educational
use. It is available in over 50 languages. Many new applications have been
introduced in addition to popular classics such as GCompris, KDE Edu, Firefox
(branded as Iceweasel due to Trademark restrictions) and OpenOffice.org.
You can install Skolelinux from a network install CD or from a single DVD
supporting several processor architectures (i386, AMD64 and PowerPC).
Skolelinux has low hardware requirements: a diskless workstation runs nicely
with 256 MB of RAM, local swap and a 800 MHz processor. The manual describes
a slightly more powerful recommendation for multimedia use.
Skolelinux is free software. The primary goal is to provide schools and
students with every building block of a computer system. By providing an easy
to use system, including the source code, students can study software, learn
how it is written, and create software code. We emphasize learning by doing.
Students can grow and excel by participating and sharing knowledge. The
software has no restrictions on use, copying, or learning.
Skolelinux is the result of the work of the Debian Edu project. Debian Edu is
an official part of Debian, and Skolelinux is a “Debian Pure Blend”. It is
installed at many or all of the schools in municipalities, regions and cities
throughout Europe, Asia and South America. Several regions and states run and
maintain Skolelinux centrally with commercial service providers or public
employees. Smaller installations at single schools can be maintained
part-time by a teacher with no particular training. Reports from commercial
and public installations suggest that diskless workstations require half the
maintenance costs compared to ordinary desktop alternatives.
“Unlike similar projects, Skolelinux takes care of the whole school network,
not just the student computers. This makes it possible for me to deploy far
more machines in a secure and stable network, without worrying about how to
configure and maintain services, and without any tech support.” Nigel Barker,
IT co-ordinator and Chemistry teacher, Hiroshima International School.
“We will most likely be able to reach the goals of The Knowledge Promotion
Reform because of Skolelinux.”, says principal Heidi Olsen Sværd at Håvik
school in Narvik municipality.
“It is easy to maintain. We have had a few startup problems, but surprisingly
few”, Monica Larssen, IT co-ordinator/ advisor in Harstad municipality says.
Contact information and more
General information about Debian-Edu or Skolelinux:
For more information about Debian-Edu/Skolelinux please see our webpage at
Manual, most current version:
A complete feature list