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29 March 2011, 16:49

openSUSE 11.4 Edu Li-f-e released

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openSUSE Edu-Li-f-e
Zoom openSUSE Edu-Li-f-e is packed with education applications
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Just over two weeks after the release of openSUSE 11.4, the openSUSE Education development team has announced the availability of openSUSE 11.4 Edu: Linux for Education (Li-f-e). The Edu Li-f-e edition is a customised variant of the openSUSE aimed at education. It includes selected applications and resources for students and educators, including parents, and attempts to offer a system which can be productively used at home or in an educational establishment.

The latest release of the education edition of openSUSE includes a choice of several popular desktop environments, such as GNOME or KDE. Educational applications (more than 150 in total) include various mathematical, flash card and typing programs for students and servers such as Moodle, ATutor and FreeSMS for education administrators. More generally, development programs, such as IDEs, compilers and debuggers, an office suite and software for graphical designers, including GIMP, Inkscape and Blender – a number of games are also built-in.

The developers note that the distribution includes a LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) so that users can develop or host web sites. The KIWI-LTSP server is also included, so users can run openSUSE on PC's in a network without needing to install or modify local disks.

Further information about the education-focused distribution can be found in the release announcement on the project's site. The Edu Li-f-e edition of openSUSE 11.4 is available to download as a "hybrid" 3 GB ISO image file from SourceForge that can be used to burn a LiveDVD or create a LiveUSB stick.

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