[clug] Skolelinux

Robert Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Thu Dec 8 21:10:51 UTC 2016

On 9/12/2016 2:25 am, George at Clug wrote:
>     Hi,
> Has anyone used or researched about DebianEdu ?  I was not able to
> find any Australian schools using it.

Hi George,

ACT and NSW public schools have been directed by their governing
Departments/Directorates to go with Google Apps For Education (GAFE),
which, in the opinion of some, likely violate privacy principles in
the Cwth Privacy Act...

The Dept/Directorates are very risk averse to adopting innovative
technology, but not so risk averse to exposing the vulnerable in our
society to the potential vagaries of privately-owned U.S.-based
marketing companies...

The best bet for Australian school take up of something like Skolelinux
would be in the private school sector, unless an Education Minister
could be persuaded of the potential pit-falls of giving our kids
assessment artifacts and metadata away so readily.

Let us know how you go testing DebianEdu.


Bob Edwards.

Does look interesting. I would
> like to set up a DebianEdu suite for testing and trial.
> https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=skolelinux
> Skolelinux is the Debian-edu project's Custom Debian Distribution
> (CDD) in development. 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 15 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.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skolelinux
> https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/
> https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/HowTo/LtspLoadBalance
> http://news.softpedia.com/news/debian-edu-8-operating-system-lands-as-a-complete-linux-solution-for-your-school-505922.shtml
> Today, July 2, 2016, the Debian Edu / Skolelinux project is proud to
> announce the general availability of the Debian Edu (a.k.a.
> Skolelinux) 8.0 distribution designed for educational purposes.
> https://www.debian.org/News/2016/20160702
> I wonder if it is related to https://www.edubuntu.org/
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebianEdubuntu
> https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/edubuntu-devel/2011-February/003704.html
> https://schoolworkshop.com.au/about.html#contacts
> http://raid6.com.au/

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