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Second beta release (beta 1) of Debian Edu/Skolelinux based on Debian Wheezy

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New features for Debian Edu 7.1+edu0~b1 released 2013-08-22



These are the release notes for Debian Edu / Skolelinux 7.1+edu0~b1,

based on Debian with codename "Wheezy".


About Debian Edu and Skolelinux



Debian Edu, also known as Skolelinux[1], is a Linux distribution

based on Debian providing an out-of-the box environment of a

completely configured school network. Immediately after installation a

school server running all services needed for a school network is set

up just waiting for users and machines being added via GOsa², a

comfortable Web-UI. A netbooting environment is prepared using PXE, so

after initial installation of the main server from CD or USB stick all

other machines can be installed via the network. The provided school

server provides LDAP database and Kerberos authentication service,

centralized home directories, DHCP server, web proxy and many other

services. The desktop contains more than 60 educational software

packages[2] and more are available from the Debian archive, and schools

can choose between KDE, Gnome, LXDE and Xfce desktop environment.


1. <URL: http://www.skolelinux.org/ >

2. <URL: http://people.skolelinux.org/pere/blog/Educational_applications_included_in_Debian_Edu___Skolelinux__the_screenshot_collection____.html >


This is the sixth test release based on Debian Wheezy. Basically this

is an updated and slightly improved version compared to the Squeeze



/!\ Alpha based installations should reinstall or downgrade the

versions of gosa and libpam-mklocaluser to the ones used in this

beta release. Both alpha and beta0 based installations should

reinstall or deal with gosa.conf manually; there are two options:

(1) Keep gosa.conf and edit this file as outlined on the mailing

list[3]. (2) Accept the new version of gosa.conf and replace both

contained admin password placeholders with the password hashes

found in the old one (backup copy!). In both cases every user need

to change their their password to make sure a password is set for

CIFS access to their home directory.


3. <URL: http://lists.debian.org/debian-edu/2013/08/msg00127.html >


Software updates



* Added ssh askpass packages to default installation, to ensure ssh

work also without a attached tty.


* Add the command-not-found package to the default installation to

make it easier to figure out where to find missing command line

tools. Please note, that the command 'update-command-not-found'

has to be run as root to actually make it useful (internet access



Other changes


* Adjusted the USB stick ISO image build to include every tool

needed for desktop=xfce installations.

* Adjust thin-client-server task to work when installing from USB

stick ISO image.

* Made new grub artwork (changed png from indexed to RGB format).

* Minor cleanup in the CUPS setup.

* Make sure that bootstrapping of the Samba domain really happens

during installation of the main server and adjust SID handling to

cope with this.

* Make Samba passwords changeable (again) via GOsa².

* Fix generation of LM and NT password hashes via GOsa² to avoid

empty password hashes.

* Adapted Samba machine domain joining to latest change in the

smbldap-tools Perl package, fixing bugs blocking Windows machines

from joining the Samba domain.


Known issues


* KDE fails to understand the wpad.dat file provided, causing it to

not use the http proxy as it should.

* Chromium also fails to use the proxy when using the KDE desktop

(using the KDE configuration).


Where to get it



To download the multiarch netinstall CD release you can use


* ftp://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/wheezy/debian-edu-7.1+edu0~b1-CD.iso

* http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/wheezy/debian-edu-7.1+edu0~b1-CD.iso

* rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/wheezy/debian-edu-7.1+edu0~b1-CD.iso


The MD5SUM of this image is: 1e357f80b55e703523f2254adde6d78b

The SHA1SUM of this image is: 7157f9be5fd27c7694d713c6ecfed61c3edda3b2


To download the multiarch USB stick ISO release you can use


* ftp://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/wheezy/debian-edu-7.1+edu0~b1-USB.iso

* http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/wheezy/debian-edu-7.1+edu0~b1-USB.iso

* rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/wheezy/debian-edu-7.1+edu0~b1-USB.iso


The MD5SUM of this image is: 7a8408ead59cf7e3cef25afb6e91590b

The SHA1SUM of this image is: f1817c031f02790d5edb3bfa0dcf8451088ad119


How to report bugs






Happy hacking

Petter Reinholdtsen



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