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The Skolelinux distribution

Skolelinux beta version 2 was released fall 2002

If you have any questions or would like to contribute, please contact one of our mailing lists.

Channel: #skolelinux (IRCnet (irc.pvv.ntnu.no, irc.ifi.uio.no, irc.uib.no))

Channel: #debian-edu (IRCnet (irc.debian.org))

Basic requirements, and basis

The distribution should work on old and small computers, commonly found in schools. It should fit completely on one CD.

The distribution is based on Debian GNU/Linux with desktop environments from KDE and GNOME.

These requirements may change as testing and experience is gathered from schools currently trialing Skolelinux

The installation process should have 5 options (profiles):

For the distribution, we need:

Word processor
This exists in KOffice (KWord) and GNOME Office (AbiWord).
Gnumeric is able to import Excel, 1-2-3, Applix, Sylk, XBase and Oleo file formats.
Image editing
GIMP is an alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
Web browser
The alternatives to Internet Explorer are plentiful: Konqueror, Opera, Mozilla and Galeon.
Mail reader
There are a number of mail reader programs, which are good alternatives to Eudora and Outlook, for example, KMail and Ximian Evolution.

WINE may be useful for the schools which are dependent on some windows-based software

Secondary schools have an additional requirement for database software, and an alternative to the Visual Basic scripting language.

Distribution and configuration

System distribution

Petter Reinholdtsen <pere @ hungry com>

The distribution is based on Debian GNU/Linux for Intel x86 hardware. The base distribution is based on woody and the debian-installer. More information on Debian is available here .

Packages for the installation profiles, are available from CVS:

A CVS server for exchange, and updates too documentation, website and code, has been made available through viewcvs and anonymous CVS.

An FTP-server has also been made publically available. Prerelease CD-images and more, may be downloaded from here. Those that wish to do so, may build their own installation CD.. For the brave at heart, a copy of the development CD is available Use rsync if you have an earlier version of the CD-image. This is substantially faster than retrieving the entire image from scratch.

A architecture document is under development.


Tollef Fog Heen <tfheen @ add no>

Herman Robak