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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.

And what’s new?

We’ve currently 3.7GB (!) of software on the Education DVD (2,4GB for each arch) – a huge progress compared to 10.2 with ~1,2GB for each architecture. But: some applications cover nearly the same area – so we need your help by dividing the “good” from the “not so good” for the next release.

A big part is consumed by the LTSP5 stuff, which is now available completely for openSUSE using KIWI. Thanks to CyberOrg for all the effort he put in this area!

Having already some KDE 4 Applications on the 10.2 release, we now focus on the different compiler languages and Integrated Development Plattforms (like gambas2, netbeans, free pascal, …). We still have ~50 new packages on our ToDo list – but with over 800 packages on the media, there should already be a package available which is useful for everybody.

You can get a small foretaste of all the available applications in the openSUSE-Wiki. Hopefully the descriptions of all applications will grow in the next months, so we can add them to the PDFs.

I also like to give a big “Thank YOU” to all the other fighters in the Education Team (especially for this release):

  • Andrea (anubisg1) for packaging and translation into italian
  • Andreas (a_ochs) for packaging and translation into german
  • Kirill (kkirill) for his hard testing and packaging (and improving the russian language support on openSUSE ;-)
  • …and all the other “guest” entries in our bugzilla, IRC comments, Emails, packaging help, …

PS: We’ve also added some “easter eggs” to the DVD (regards to Seminarix and others ;-) – looking out for people reporting them…

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16 Responses to “Announcing openSUSE-Education for 10.3”

  1. Anubisg1

    I’m proud to be mentioned here, but Italian tralstion MUST say a big Thank YOU to my friend “ORI” http://www.suseitalia.org/userinfo.php?uid=4776

    BTW… Well done Guys! openSUSE Community ROOCKS!

  2. You should rebuild it for openSUSE 11.0 :-)

    • Lars

      We’re currently working on 11.0, yes. We need many time to prepare all the needed setups – but know it’s a lot easier to release the next version.

      Currently there are just 15 packages left to fix for 11.0 – so stay tuned :-)

  3. BTW: Did you try ask Google people about Google Earth package integration?

  4. Anubisg1

    about suse 11, we are working on it, alpha0 should be available few day later openSUSE 11.0 release

  5. Are you sure users should >>use the YaST2 “Add-On Product” module to add our Online-Repository<<? Because I’ve suggested dropping the *Add-On Product* icon from YaST Control Center on opensuse-factory recently – there are no *real* add-on products for openSUSE or am I wrong? Just additional repositories. Even at this page http://en.opensuse.org/Education/Repositories, *YaST Repositories* module is used.

    Add-on products are great if you want to modify an installation workflow (during installation or upgrade) or define a post-installation workflow on a running system. Otherwise use just YaST Repositories module :)

    • Lars

      > there are no *real* add-on products for openSUSE

      Each openSUSE release since 10.1 comes at least with one Add-on product: the language add-on.

      But you’re right, as you can also use the normal Repository module to add the openSUSE-Education Repository.

      We just want to guide all users (the ones using the ISO images and the ones using the online repository) with only one instruction. And as you add the ISO (resp. the burned DVD) as Add-on media, users using the Online-Repository are guided to use the same way (just to avoid confusion).

      Sidenote: With 11.0 you can add the Education Repository via the community repositories “module” in YaST, too.

      > Add-on products are great if you want to modify an installation workflow (during installation or upgrade)

      And that’s what we’re doing with the Education add-on: the patterns are selected automatically for installation if you use the add-on way. Try it out: download and burn 10.3 DVD and the Edu-DVD, install openSUSE and add the Edu-DVD as Add-on: you’ll get the Education-Desktop pattern and all packages selected automatically. Same if you burn the ISO and insert the DVD into an installed system. It even works if you add the Online-Repository in an installed system using the add-on module.

      …and in the next step we already have to modify the installation workflow as the root-partition is really full (~7 GB) if you install the Education Add-on. So we have to modify the partitioner proposal to get a bigger root-Partition.

      …and as the next release hopefully contains a few “special” YaST modules, especially jdsn’s Education module ( http://en.opensuse.org/YaST/Modules/Education ), we need to adapt the installation workflow for at least the next releases…

      So for me using the Add-on module is our prefered way to “install” openSUSE-Education. But as openSUSE allows different ways to get additional software, openSUSE-Education luckily supports it all. ;-)

  6. Luiz Fernando


    How could I help you guys, like translating something to portuguese?



    • Lars

      Hi Lutz!

      If you like, you’re very welcome to help us with translation!

      Just ping me in IRC on #opensuse-edu or tell us on opensuse-edu@opensuse.org what you want to translate. We tried to keep the translation as simple as possible; so – for example – if you like to translate our patterns, you just have to translate three text files for each pattern…

  7. alphred

    I just like the opensuse’s beautiful,but the services is so weak compared with ubuntu.
    how could I play some movies as *.avi format?

  8. Lars,
    As the guy who spent all that time trying to get people to listen, it is clear from your remarks about the add-on process that I did my job. You clearly need little guidance from me any longer.
    I have some things to show you I just can’t yet.

  9. Sam

    I donwloaded the Edu DVD (Beta version) and tried to add it to SUSE 11.0 (using the Addon feature) but I got an error during the installation, right now I am not on site so I can not specify what the error was. Has anyone successfully installed the the Edu DVD (Beta) on Suse 11?


  10. Del

    no workflow defined for this installation mode