Debian GNU/Linux Works In Education

It’s good to see that the satisfying results of using Debian GNU/Linux in schools that I experienced continue to please teachers around the world.

  • “Giorgio Pioda, system administrator, who is using Debian Edu at SPSE (Scuola per Sportivi d’Élite) in Tenero, Switzerland (Cantone Ticino, Italian speaking part), says: "I can report that I’m on production with Debian Edu Wheezy since mid-August and it works rock solid, we are using it every day."”
  • “Nigel Barker, IT Coordinator at Hiroshima International School, Japan: "I was able to get a new Tjener and computer room ready for the new school year in only 4 days following the beta 1 release. I have been very happy with the way things have been running during the first month of school."”
  • “Lucas Nussbaum, Debian Project Leader: "Debian Edu is a fantastic project, for at least two reasons. First, because it exposes a wider public, and specifically children, to Free Software and Debian. Second, because it demonstrates how one can build a successful distribution on top of Debian, while doing all the work inside Debian."”

see Debian Edu / Skolelinux Wheezy — a complete Linux solution for your school.

I was never happier than when I discovered that a working lab could be converted to GNU/Linux or updated in an hour simply by making machines boot PXE, installing Debian GNU/Linux as a LTSP server. If you need thick clients, it’s simple to install on one and re-image the rest in parallel with Clonezilla and multicasting. Clonezilla is being tested for inclusion in the Debian GNU/Linux distribution for the next release.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Debian GNU/Linux Works In Education

  1. Michael Rudas wrote, “Linux Mint Debian Edition”

    IMHO it’s silly to seek a copy of Debian GNU/Linux when the real thing is available easily and for little cost. Same goes for Ubuntu GNU/Linux. I did that a few times and regretted it. Debian is so diverse and global that if you can’t find what you want in Debian GNU/Linux, it probably is not worth finding. I do pull in a few widely used packages from upstream but it’s not really necessary to do my work. It’s fun for me.

  2. Michael Rudas says:

    My favorite Debian-based distro these days is SolydXK—It’s based on Linux Mint Debian Edition, but it’s more up-to-date and has a choice of KDE (SolydK) or Xfce (SolydX). For me, it’s the best alternative to an Ubuntu-based distro that I have yet found.

  3. dougman says:

    Its a shame that schools think it is good to spend money for iPADs but refuse to look at things that would save them money and at the same time, teach children how to USE a computer vs. being fed something from Apple to M$.

    http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2013/09/26/la-schools-may-delay-11-ipad-program-students-easily-bypass-security-restrictions/#.UkiJSF2JDx0

    http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/26/l-a-school-district-halting-home-use-of-issued-ipads-after-students-bypass-content-restrictions/

    Seems someone did not truly think this over, before they want and spent $30M.

    “The problem is that they’re just using an ActiveSync profile instead of a MobileConfig profile with a MDM server to lock down these iPads.”

    SO again, we are back to it being a Windows problem.

    I need to look into Linux Mint Debian and use it for awhile.

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