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Free Software in Schools
Thursday, 10 June 2004, 13:00

Kurt Gramlich
Linux User Group Ravensberg & Skolelinux, Bielefeld

Patrick Willam
skolelinux.de Team, Wirtschaftsinformatiker, Bielefeld

Gabriele Diekoetter
skolelinux.de Team, Dipl. Ing., Bielefeld

Harald Popek
skolelinux.de Team, Dipl. Ing., Bielefeld

"Skole" is Norwegian for "school". Skolelinux is a GNU/Linux which has been customized for schools. The project was started in Norway in 2002 and later has been applied to German and other countries' languages, too. Skolelinux provides applications in more than 15 languages. Skolelinux consists of about 900 packages of Free Software and is included with Debian-edu, a Custom Debian Distribution (CDD). So it belongs to the worldwide Debian Community with more than 1,000 official developers.

Skolelinux is sustainable: installation, upgrading, maintenance and support over the Internet is warranted today and in future times (esp. fast security fixes). Skolelinux is gratis. This means no cost for licenses and no worries for teachers, pupils and parents. It contains a lot of educational software, office applications, browsers and email-clients.

One of the main advantages of Skolelinux is the preconfigured scalable network with more than 15 services out of the box. So you can use it in primary schools, e.g. with 1 server and 30 thin clients or up to many servers and computers in universities. Skolelinux is easy to install and delivers a main-server, a thin client server and also a workstation on a single CD.

At the workshop we will demonstrate the features of Skolelinux. Skolelinux reduces the needs for system administration and increases the computer availability while demonstrating the qualities of Free Software. Sharing software is sharing knowledge.

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