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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.

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6 Responses to “Linux for Education Updated”

  1. Nik

    Great great news to hear!! My school’s computer lab is running OpenSUSE 11.0 for two years now, and I think it’s time to upgrade to Li-f-e! I believe that’s the best way for the young people to get stuck with FOSS. Please, consider supporting older hardware. Thank you again. Nik

  2. manchette

    A attempt to use the previous version in virtualbox did not work, i’m trying this one now, it works and is a MUST HAVE
    Thanks for the good work ;)

  3. manchette

    What is the licence coming with all these softwares ?

  4. @Nik LTSP is for making use of lower spec hardwares as diskless thin clients.

    @Manchette Most of the apps are GPL or similar, please check individual softwares’ license text for softwares included from packman repository, flash from Adobe, Sun Java etc.

  5. I guess so, that is why we have included it. But I am not a lawyer and laws regarding patents and restricted formats differ from country to country.

    Note mentioned here applies: http://opensuse-community.org/Restricted_Formats