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
Channel: #skolelinux (IRCnet (irc.pvv.ntnu.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
These requirements may change as testing and experience is gathered from schools
currently trialing Skolelinux
The installation process should have 5 options (profiles):
- Main-Server: the machine running this profile (there can be only one such
machine in each Skolelinux network) provides the (network)services. It is mainly
a file/network and LDAP server.
- Workstation: machines running the 'Workstation' profile are normal machines.
Users logging on a workstation are authenticated by the machine running
the 'Main-Server' profile, and have their documents and personal settings
stored in home directories on the machine running the 'Main-Server' profile.
- Thin-Client-Server: machines running the 'Thin-Client-Server' profile are
able to accept thin client connections. This profile also includes the 'Workstation'
machines running the 'Standalone' profile are meant to be run outside the Skolelinux
network (e.g. in the homes of pupils and teachers) as a standalone machine.
- Standalone-Extras: The 'Standalone-Extras' profile is complementary to the 'Standalone' profile,
providing extra programs for it.
- Word processor
This exists in KOffice
(KWord) and GNOME
is able to import Excel, 1-2-3, Applix, Sylk, XBase and Oleo file formats.
- Image editing
is an alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
- Web browser
The alternatives to Internet Explorer are plentiful:
There are a number of mail reader programs, which are good alternatives to Eudora and Outlook, for example,
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
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
Packages for the installation profiles, are available from CVS:
CVS server for
exchange, and updates too documentation, website and code, has been made
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
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>