Announcing openSUSE Education Li-f-e 13.1

18. Dec 2013 | Izabel Valverde | No License

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openSUSE Education community is proud to bring you an early Christmas and New Year’s present: openSUSE Education Li-f-e. It is based on the recently released openSUSE 13.1 with all the official online updates applied.

We have put together a nice set of tools for everyone including teachers, students, parents and IT administrators. It covers quite a lot of territory: from chemistry, mathematics to astronomy and Geography. Whether you are into software development or just someone looking for Linux distribution that comes with everything working out of the box, your search ends here.


Let’s briefly go through some of the thing you may find in this release:


Master chemistry with Avogadro and Kalzium periodic table. Avogadro is intended not only for molecular modeling research, but also for educational use. Check out their website to find out how you can use it for education. Learn with flash cards, polish your word skills with Kanagram, Stardict dictionary or employ a typing tutor.

Want to create or become a Math genius? Get ahead with algebra, geometry or statistics.

For little ones, explore games and interactive pictographs to learn using Gcompris and Little Wizard.

If theology is your thing, there is Bibletime which can help you study the Bible, the Koran and other texts.

Boldly go where you have never gone before with Stellarium and explore our globe using Marble.

Multimedia & Gaming

Direct and edit your own short film or edit music using Openshot & Audacity, watch movies and listen to music in any format using your favorite software including VLC, MPlayer Rhythmbox, Audacious and many more.

Create anything you fancy in 3D, including animation using Blender, or bring out a master artist in you, edit photographs using Gimp, create stunning panoramas using Hugin, create vector art with Inkscape or SK1.

You can of course have some fun playing games, classic solitaire and mines are bundled along with many others to exercise your brain. Latest Steam can be installed easily as well.


Get organized with VYM mind mapping, GNUCash finance, complete LibreOffice suite, or manage timetable for your educational institution.

More cool stuff

There is Wine and Dosbox to help you run softwares you just cannot live without from the other operating systems.

This is also the easiest way to get LTSP(Linux Terminal Server) running on openSUSE. For developers, full LAMP stack, C, C++, Ruby development and even C# and .NET development using Monodevelop is included.

Under the hood

Linux 3.11.6 KDE 4.11.1 GNOME 3.10.2 Here is the complete list of packages installed on this media.

Check out the openSUSE 13.1 release announcement and sneak peeks for in-depth features of this release.

Download and discover all of this and lot more.

Fine print:

Requires minimum 15GB partition, 30GB is recommended if you intend to use it as your main operating system and 1 GB of RAM. Running it from DVD will be very slow so create live USB stick for testing and installation.

Test reports, blog posts, reviews are always welcome – if you encounter any problems, feel free to contact us via any way mentioned in our wiki or write a bug report.

Have a lot of fun…

Your openSUSE Education Team

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