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Announcing openSUSE Education Li-f-e 13.1

December 18th, 2013 by

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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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7 Responses to “Announcing openSUSE Education Li-f-e 13.1”

  1. hi

    thanks for all

    you can find your news in french here:


    Just a question…

    Is it possible to estimate the number of person and/or institution using li-f-e?



  2. Hi,

    Difficult to estimate numbers, we assume that each download mean hundreds of users as one school can download and distribute the iso to many students.

    Large deployments I’ve heard about is in Indonesia: http://www.techweb.com/news/240155736/3-reasons-linux-doesn-t-star-in-u-s-schools.html

    And another one in US: http://forums.opensuse.org/english/other-forums/community-fun/general-chit-chat/491834-reglue-org-chooses-opensuse-edu-life-power-childrens-computers.html and http://linuxlock.blogspot.in/2013/11/taming-iguana.html

    There is also download statistics on sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/opensuse-edu/files/download/ISOs/openSUSE-Edu-li-f-e.i686-13.1.1.iso/stats/timeline

    It would be nice if get more people telling us how they are using Li-f-e.



  3. anonymous

    Early Christmas present indeed! As a gift, I built a desktop machine for my six year old daughter who has been indicating an early interest of computer science.

    While I planned to install openSUSE as one of a couple of operating systems for her, I am now newly aware of the Linux for Education project and am behooved to try 13.1 as a stand-alone install for her.

    We operate a home-school. As I can install ‘educational / instructive’ packages by myself, I now choose to try the Li-f-e system as stock.

    I’ve never used SUSE (Enterprise) but I have been repeatedly pleased with the openSUSE editions. I hope that our pleasure with Li-f-e is >= my pleasure with openSUSE.

    Perhaps I’ll update my perception after I gain experience with Li-f-e 13.1.

    <3 :D

  4. Anonymous

    Well if you want a more comprehensive system you can always install plain Suse 13.1 with DE of choice and add the suse education/Li-f-e repositories so you get more.

  5. Carlos

    Hi everyone!

    I’m running OpenSuse 13.1 so I presume that I can find the same software in the Education repo, can’t I?

    Is this the 1st distro that Suse does Education specific?

    Thanks a lot for doing this distro!


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  7. @Carlos, yes everything in Li-f-e is available from Packman, Education and other OBS repositories.