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Debian Edu/Skolelinux


Last Update: 2024-02-02 02:44 UTC


Debian Edu/Skolelinux is the Debian-edu's Debian Pure Blend distribution. It is aiming to provide an out-of-the-box localised environment tailored for schools and universities. The out-of-the-box environment comes with 75 applications aimed at schools, as well as 17 network services pre-configured for a school environment. The simple, three-question installation requires minimal technical knowledge. Skolelinux is Debian, which means, among other things, that there are no license costs or worries, and that upgrade and maintenance of the software can be done over the Internet with the power of Debian's apt-get. The core goals of Skolelinux are localisation and ease of system administration.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 166 (48), 6 months: 152 (52), 3 months: 156 (47), 4 weeks: 116 (81), 1 week: 114 (57)

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/Debian Edu Summary
Distribution Debian Edu/Skolelinux
Home Page http://www.skolelinux.org/
https://blends.debian.org/edu/
Mailing Lists https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/MailingLists
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Documentation https://jenkins.debian.net/userContent/debian-edu-doc/
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Bug Tracker https://www.debian.org/Bugs/
Related Websites Skolelinux Germany
Reviews 6.x: LWN
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2021-08-15: Distribution Release: Debian Edu/Skolelinux 11.0.0
 • 2019-07-09: Distribution Release: Debian Edu/Skolelinux 10
 • 2017-06-19: Distribution Release: Debian Edu/Skolelinux 9
 • 2016-07-03: Distribution Release: Debian Edu/Skolelinux 8
 • 2015-04-27: Development Release: Skolelinux 8.0 Beta 1
 • 2013-09-29: Distribution Release: Skolelinux 7.1
 • 2013-08-22: Development Release: Skolelinux 7.1 Beta 1
 • 2013-07-28: Development Release: Skolelinux 7.1 Beta 0
 • 2013-04-26: Development Release: Skolelinux 7.0 Alpha 0
 • 2012-03-12: Distribution Release: Skolelinux 6.0.4
 • 2010-10-25: Development Release: Skolelinux 6.0.0 Alpha 1
 • 2010-07-28: Development Release: Skolelinux 6.0 Alpha 0
 • More Debian Edu releases...

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Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
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Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
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Full Package List 12.0.0 11.6.0 10.4.0 9 8 7.1 6.0.7 5.0.6 3.0 2.0 1.0 Full Package List
Package 12.0.0 11.6.0 10.4.0 9 8 7.1 6.0.7 5.0.6 3.0 2.0 1.0 Package
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.4.6 -- 1.0.2 abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.8 1.2.4 1.1.8 1.1.3 1.0.28 1.0.25 1.0.23 1.0.16 1.0.13 1.0.8 -- alsa-lib (1.2.12)
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- 19.1.0 18.1.99 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.21) 5.2 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.1 3.2 3.1 2.05b 2.05a bash (5.2.21)
bind (9.18.27) -- 9.16.33 9.11.5-P4 9.10.3-P4 9.9.5 9.8.4-P1 9.7.3 -- 9.3.4 9.2.4 9.2.1 bind (9.18.27)
chromium (126.0.6478.126) -- 108.0.5359.94 80.0.3987.162 59.0.3071.86 51.0.2704.79 29.0.1547.57 -- -- -- -- -- chromium (126.0.6478.126)
cups (2.4.10) -- 2.3.3 2.2.10 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.5.3 1.4.4 1.3.8 1.2.7 1.1.23 1.1.14 cups (2.4.10)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.2.2 4.1.1-P1 3.1.1 3.0.4 3.0.1 3.0.1rc13 dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.46.2 1.44.5 1.43.4 1.42.12 1.42.5 1.41.12 1.41.3 1.39 1.37 1.27 e2fsprogs (1.47.1)
firefox (128.0) -- 91.13.0 68.7.0 52.2.0 38.8.0 17.0.9 3.5.16 3.0.6 2.0.0.4 1.0.4 -- firefox (128.0)
freetype (2.13.2) 2.12.1 2.10.4 2.9.1 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.2 2.3.7 2.2.1 2.1.7 2.0.9 freetype (2.13.2)
gcc (14.1.0) -- 10.2.1 8.3.0 6.3.0 4.9.2 4.7.2 4.4.5 4.3.2 4.1.1 3.3.5 2.95.4 gcc (14.1.0)
gimp (2.10.38) -- 2.10.22 2.10.8 2.8.18 2.8.14 2.8.2 2.6.10 2.4.7 2.2.13 2.2.6 1.2.3 gimp (2.10.38)
glibc (2.39) 2.36 2.31 2.28 2.24 2.19 2.13 2.11.3 2.7 2.3.6 2.3.2 2.2.5 glibc (2.39)
gnome-shell (46.3.1) -- 3.38.6 3.30.2 3.22.3 3.14.4 3.4.2 -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (46.3.1)
gnucash (5.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.8)
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- 1.12.48 1.12.44 1.12.32 -- -- -- -- 1.6.3 -- 1.0.8 gnumeric (1.12.57)
grub (2.12) 2.06 2.06 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 1.99 1.98 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.93 grub (2.12)
gtk (4.14.4) 4.8.3 3.24.24 3.24.5 3.22.11 3.14.5 3.4.2 2.20.1 2.12.12 2.8.20 2.6.4 1.2.10 gtk (4.14.4)
httpd (2.4.61) -- 2.4.54 2.4.38 2.4.25 2.4.10 2.2.22 2.2.16 2.2.9 2.2.3 -- -- httpd (2.4.61)
inkscape (1.3.2) -- 1.0.2 0.92.4 0.92.1 0.48.5 0.48.3.1 0.47.0 0.46 0.44.1 -- -- inkscape (1.3.2)
k3b (24.05.2) -- 20.12.2 18.08.1 2.0.3a 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.1 1.0.5 0.12.17 -- -- k3b (24.05.2)
kmod (32) 30 28 26 23 18 9 -- -- -- -- -- kmod (32)
krita (5.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.6.3 -- -- -- krita (5.2.3)
LibreOffice (24.2.5) -- 7.0.4 6.1.5 5.2.7 4.3.3 3.5.4 3.2.1* 2.4.1 2.0.4 1.1.3 1.0.2 LibreOffice (24.2.5)
linux (6.9.9) 6.1.27 5.10.158 4.19.118 4.9.30 3.16.7 3.2.41 2.6.32 2.6.26 2.6.18 2.4.27 2.4.26 linux (6.9.9)
Package 12.0.0 11.6.0 10.4.0 9 8 7.1 6.0.7 5.0.6 3.0 2.0 1.0 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- 0.10.1 0.10.0 0.9.3 0.7.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (11.4.2) -- 10.5.12 10.3.22 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (11.4.2)
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- 1.24.1 1.20.4 1.16.2 1.8.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.28.2)
mesa (24.1.3) -- 20.3.5 18.3.6 13.0.6 10.3.2 8.0.5 7.7.1 7.0.3 4.3.0 4.3.0 4.2.1 mesa (24.1.3)
mysql (9.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (9.0.0)
nautilus (46.2) -- 3.38.2 3.30.5 3.22.3 3.14.1 3.4.2 2.30.1 2.20.0 2.14.3 -- -- nautilus (46.2)
NVIDIA (555.58) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.0-7174 -- NVIDIA (555.58)
openbox (3.6.1) -- 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.0 -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (22) -- 11.0.16u1 11.0.6 8u131 7u101 6b27 6b18 6b11 -- -- -- openjdk (22)
openssh (9.8p1) 9.2p1 8.4p1 7.9p1 7.4p1 6.7p1 6.0p1 5.5p1 5.1p1 4.3p2 3.8.1p1 3.4p1 openssh (9.8p1)
openssl (3.3.1) 3.0.9 1.1.1n 1.1.1d 1.1.0f 1.0.1k 1.0.1e 0.9.8o 0.9.8g 0.9.8c 0.9.7e 0.9.6c openssl (3.3.1)
perl (5.40.0) 5.36.0 5.32.1 5.28.1 5.24.1 5.20.2 5.14.2 5.10.1 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.4 5.6.1 perl (5.40.0)
php (8.3.9) -- 7.4.33 7.3.11 7.0.19 5.6.7 5.4.4 5.3.3 5.2.6 5.2.0 -- 4.1.2 php (8.3.9)
plasma-desktop (6.1.2) -- 5.20.5 5.14.5.1 5.8.6 4.11.13 -- 4.4.5 -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (6.1.2)
postfix (3.9.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.9.0)
postgresql (16.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.3.9 7.5.22 -- 7.2.1 postgresql (16.3)
Python (3.12.4) 3.11.2 3.9.2 2.7.16 2.7.13 2.7.9 2.7.3 2.6.6 2.4.4 2.4.4 2.3.5 2.1.3 Python (3.12.4)
qt (6.7.2) -- 5.15.2 5.11.3 5.7.1 4.8.6 4.8.2 4.6.3 3.3.8b 3.3.7 3.3.4 2.3.1 qt (6.7.2)
samba (4.20.2) -- 4.13.13 4.9.5 4.5.8 4.2.10 3.6.6 3.5.6 3.2.5 3.0.24 3.0.14a 3.0.2a samba (4.20.2)
systemd (256.2) 252.6 247.3 241 232 215 -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (256.2)
thunderbird (128.0) -- 91.13.0 68.7.0 45.8.0 -- -- -- 2.0.0.22 1.5.0.12 1.0.2 -- thunderbird (128.0)
vim (9.1) 9.0 8.2 8.1 8.0 7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.3 6.1 vim (9.1)
vlc (3.0.21) -- -- 3.0.8 2.2.6 2.2.1 2.0.3 -- 0.8.6h 0.8.6 -- -- vlc (3.0.21)
wayland (1.23.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.23.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- 4.16.0 4.12.4 4.12.3 4.10.2 4.8.3 -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.13) -- 1.20.11 1.20.4 1.19.2 1.16.4 1.12.4 1.7.7 1.4.2 1.1.1 -- -- xorg-server (21.1.13)

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Version: 12.0.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-07-01
Votes: 0


We've installed Debian Edu with KDE desktop on 24 reused laptops for the classroom. It's works really well as standalone machines.

The feedback from teacher are that they really appreciate the straight forward start menu with standard office application, videoplayer and browser. They also use the educational applications in different classes, relevant for different curriculum.

What's really nice, is that such machines no longer supported by newest Windows version, really works nice on the latest Debian Edu. This doubles the lifetime the laptops can be used from 6-7 years to 10-14 years.


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Version: 12.0.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-03-29
Votes: 5


Now, even Debian Edu can be used effectively on Chromebooks with as little as 16GB hard drive.

By rather using the file system btrfs with standard compression rather than ext4, the system takes up less than 8 GB of space on the eMMC SSD. This means that 7 GB hard drive is free. You can also use zRAM for swap, which uses RAM more efficiently.

Performance with KDE installed on 5-6 year old Chromebooks is impeccable.

Note You must remember to unlock the bootloader and enter a new and open boot system. There is a little extra work here.


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Version: 12.0.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-03-02
Votes: 9


Running Debian Edu with KDE as the default desktop environment works like a charm on 5-15 year old used laptops. Remember as mentioned in another review here to have at least a dual core processor, 2-4GB RAM and at least a 60GB hard drive.

KDE is light weight, have similarities with other operating systems.
The kiosk mode that is supported in KDE transforms any computer to the ultimate open school book, preventing learning to be locked down behind walls of passwords.

The kiosk mode is popular among teachers in Ukraine as they can focus solely on learning and not managing hundreds of passwords.


As someone put it after testing Debian Edu on a 10 year old computer with a mechanical hard drive:

"Now I've been fumbling around a bit with Debian Edu/Skolelinux, easy to use and the only negative I've found is that it takes a little extra time to open the program, but that may have something to do with the machine. If someone in the school system is skeptical about using this, it is purely out of old habit or superstition!"


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