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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.

Under Construction: New Wiki Underway

December 22nd, 2009 by

You may have noticed we have some exciting work going on to revamp the openSUSE wiki, and if you’re interested in helping with that, we have some requests to make. We’ve seen several attemps to improve the wiki piecemeal, to varying degrees of success. In order to achieve the goals we’ve set this time, we’ve decided to start from scratch with a core team of passionate wiki contributors.

This team is working on several tasks:

  • Setting up a new wiki server and instalilng an extension to allow for a quality assurance (QA) process for all articles in the future. We’re also working with an extension to help organize, search, tag, browse, evaluate, and share the wiki content. This task is done and we’re now working on the next stages.
  • Establishing a QA process. We’ll be utilizing the extensions so that every new article or edit will be marked “to be reviewed.” Every article will be reviewed by a board on the forums, and once it’s up to the quality standards, it will be released. This is a work in progress.
  • We’re also creating writing guidelines for contributors, templates for the new wiki, portal pages, and scanning the existing content and deciding what to transfer to the new wiki.

As mentioned, all tasks are being done by the wiki team. We’d ask members who are not part of this team to participate in our mentoring session and to coordinate with us on our mailinglist before jumping in. We appreciate anyone who would like to assist, of course, but we want to do this in a coordinated fashion to ensure success.

If you have any questions about the new wiki effort, please ask on the opensuse-wiki mailing list or in #opensuse-wiki on IRC. Thanks, and have a great holiday!