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Linux for Education Updated

December 22nd, 2009 by

The openSUSE Education team is proud to announce the availability of the updated Li-f-e hybrid ISO. Unlike the official openSUSE release, the Edu project’s Li-f-e flavor will get updated almost on a monthly basis. These minor releases will contain all the official openSUSE 11.2 updates, some important package version updates and may be addition of new features too. With these gradual improvements we are hoping to make one of the best Education OS even better.

A number of changes have been made since the last release:

  • All official openSUSE 11.2 updates.
  • Sugar 0.86.3
  • KIWI-LTSP 0.8.1 including the latest LTSP packages. See the Quick Start instructions to enable the services. LTSP allows you to use old(and new) computers as diskless thin-clients without modification.
  • New Netboot option in the boot menu, uses gPXE to boot from network. This requires a server (LTSP) serving the PXEboot images. This option is useful if the LAN card on the PC does not support PXE booting.
  • Inkscape 0.47
  • Added new packages: Tomcat, Kdenlive for video editing, and Code::Blocks IDE.
  • Most of the Education software is updated, including GCompris and Moodle.
  • Installation improvements: saner partition suggestion and online update is not run in second stage. Do it manually via “zypper ref && zypper up” if required.

The list of applications on this disk, including Educational softwares can be found on the openSUSE wiki.

You can download the DVD via SourceForge.net, using BitTorrent, or get the Metalink. The md5sum is 68653e091842642b3c1d4a7387ccba60.

It’s best to use rsync, wget, or another download manager to download the image as Web browsers are known to get incomplete downloads.

The fastest way to download is using a metalink client. Here is an example of using the command line metalink client aria2:

aria2c -c http://www.opensuse-education.org/download/ISOs/openSUSE-Edu-li-f-e-11.2-latest-i686.iso.metalink

As always, we would like to hear from you! See the communication page on the openSUSE wiki for ways to reach the education team.

Mirrors for openSUSE-Education

August 10th, 2009 by

I’m proud to announce that the download area of http://www.opensuse-education.org/ is sponsored now by 6 (!) mirrors. A big “thank you” to each of them:

Like openSUSE, the openSUSE-Education team use a great software named MirrorBrain from Peter Poeml, which makes it possible to redirect download requests transparently to the nearest mirror. As result, our endusers normally didn’t even noticed that they get their files from a mirror instead of the original system.

Result: even if our current hoster still limits the bandwith of our main server, our users get their software faster than ever.

SUSE in LPAR on as400 Featuring openSIS

March 12th, 2009 by

openSIS is proud to announce that we are beginning construction of a Linux server on an IBM iSeries computer using a SUSE LPAR.  This is a joint venture proof of concept with one of IBM’s premier hardware resellers,  Mainline Information Systems. The goal of this effort is to demonstrate that openSIS and many of the other packages offered  in the openSUSE-Education project will be viable solutions that run natively on the IBM iSeries.

The proof of concept is designed to demonstrate the viability of openSIS and openSUSE on the iSeries platform, which runs an older green screen SIS (TERMs) for approximately half of Florida’s school districts.  If the proof of concept is successful, OS4Ed and Mainline will be positioned to offer Florida districts an alternative SIS that is free and modern and will run natively on the same hardware they use today.  This will allow these school districts to migrate to a modern web-based SIS with no licensing costs, no proprietary software licensing costs and no hardware costs.  Best of all, school IT personnel will not have to be retrained to support the hardware platform as it will remain the same.  This is very important during a time where Pearson School Systems is ending SasiXP support in 2010 and state budget cuts in the billions are being made.

Please stay tuned as we will post follow announcements and updates as we move forward with this exciting proof of concept.

HP Builds on the openSUSE Education Project

January 29th, 2009 by

In December, HP announced that it would release a new desktop offering along with Novell targeted at education customers. Part of the announcement is a repository of education applications “including math, art and word games, to improve student learning,” which were based on work by the openSUSE Education project.

Novell and HP would like to formally acknowledge the community’s contribution to HP’s education repository and thank the openSUSE Education community for the work they have done to package and make available additional programs for open source education efforts.

The openSUSE Education project provides an add-on CD for openSUSE so that schools will have the benefit of educational packages not shipped by default with openSUSE. The fact that HP has sought to include work from the Education project is testament to the outstanding quality of their work and the demand for open source education solutions.

The additional repository was created for HP to provide a subset of the packages of those offered by the openSUSE Education project. HP and Novell chose to do this to limit any maintenance issues for the subset of packages offered commercially.

We’d like to thank the Education project for its patience with Novell and HP while we establish a way to work on community repositories with commercial partners. As a first-time effort, there have been a few bumps and we’ve found a few areas where we can improve communication with openSUSE projects like the Education Project.

This cooperation is particularly important as we all continue to push Linux and open source on the desktop and into “consumer” solutions. We need to work together as effectively as possible to offer well-polished open source applications that will appeal to end users who are new to Linux.

Going forward, HP and Novell will work to collaborate more closely with the openSUSE Education project and support their efforts to deliver solutions for schools and provide the best experience for educational use.

We’d also like to thank HP for offering open source to its educational customers. This is another small step towards world domination for Linux.

Thanks again to the openSUSE Education Project for their hard work and patience!

openSUSE-Education 1.0 for SLE10 and 11.1

December 22nd, 2008 by

The first version of the openSUSE-Education Add-on is drawing to a close. By releasing the final version for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 and the first Release Candidate for 11.1, we hopefully have the first community Add-On media which is available for each (open)SUSE Release, soon!

The only thing left to reach this great goal: fix the last bugs for the openSUSE 11.1 release!

So please help us releasing a bugfree openSUSE-Education release 1.0 for 11.1 in the next days by testing and reporting bugs in our bugzilla. (Note: The next release should be the final one for 11.1 – and the completion of our 1.0 version.)

You can either use our Online-Repository by adding it via the “Community-Repositories” Section in YaST or via the “Add-on”-YaST module – or use the ISO-Image (2.6GB) as “non online” version. Both contain the same packages.

The RC1 release contains a lot of package updates (and fixes) – a complete Changelog for all packages is available in the root-directory of our installation source. There are still 10 packages left in the Build Service  which needs fixes to build for 11.1 – hopefully we get them fixed soon enough for the final release.

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openSUSE-Education: Live-CD, CD-Cover and 1.0 Beta2 for openSUSE 11.1

December 4th, 2008 by

Here are the first results of the great last Meeting of the openSUSE-Education Team two weeks ago…

We are proud to announce the first openSUSE Live-CD containing applications from openSUSE-Education – created via Studio by Andrea Florio!

http://www.opensuse-education.org/download/ISOs/openSUSE-Education_1.0.i686-0.0.5-LiveCD.iso (696M)

This ISO image is based on openSUSE 11.0 (x86) and enhanced with a few of our applications for Education. We are currently testing the possibilities of SUSE Studio with the Live-Media – and might release updated versions in a shorter timeframe. Stay tuned!

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openSUSE-Education 1.0 for 11.0 is Ready

September 28th, 2008 by

The openSUSE-Education Add On for openSUSE 11.0 is ready! Big steps compared to the 10.3 release:

  • Better LTSP integration: now Easy-LTSP helps you to configure your whole LTSP server with one graphical tool and the clients can run local applications like Firefox to save resources on the LTSP server.
  • Many package updates and new applications (the repository contains >1300 packages now!) – please have a look at the current patterns on your local machine to see the big improvement.
  • Direct integration into the community repositories – with “Education” being part of the “YaST2 – Software Repositories” module the online repository is just one click away.
  • Separate online update repository: if you like, just enable the education update repository to get the latest updates of your education applications.
  • Complete new structure for the development of the next openSUSE-Education releases. Please have a look at the mailing list to get a short overview.

You can either download the ISO image from here:

http://www.opensuse-education.org/download/ISOs/openSUSE-Education-1.0-for-11.0.iso

(md5sum: 8b9a756f775c052ac38d47fe7d46361e)

Or add the online repository as installation source:

http://www.opensuse-education.org/download/repo/1.0/11.0/ (Note: Please re-add it if you’ve added it before – just delete the current repository via YaST and re-add it.)

A delta-iso against RC1 (240MB) is also available.

Announcing openSUSE-Education for 10.3

June 18th, 2008 by

openSUSE-Education LogoGood things come to those who wait: I think we’ve waited long enough to release the first openSUSE-Education version for openSUSE 10.3.

Just use the YaST2 “Add-On Product” module to add our Online-Repository. A more detailed description can be found at the openSUSE wiki.

For those without permanent Internet connection, we’ve created a DVD ISO which can be downloaded here:

ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/projects/education/openSUSE-Education-1.0-for-10.3.iso (3,7GB)

To give new users a hint how to install the DVD, we’ve created PDFs in english, german and italian language containing all needed information and in addition some descriptions for LTSP, GCompris, iTalc and Tuxpaint. We want to reuse existing wiki articles for this in 11.0 and add these descriptions also to the Helpcenter. The PDFs are also available in the documentation directory of the DVD.

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openSUSE Education: First Milestones Reached!

November 26th, 2007 by
openSUSE Edu

The openSUSE-Education project has been setup to support schools and universities using openSUSE. The project will create additional software packages, additional installation repositories and give community based support.

The project members would like to invite everyone interested to the next IRC-Meeting in #opensuse-edu on Tuesday

2007/11/27 18:00 CET (17:00 GMT)

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