openSUSE Edu Li-f-e 12.2 offers Cinnamon option
The Education team at the openSUSE project has released version 12.2 of its openSUSE Edu Li-f-e (Linux for Education) distribution with updated applications and a new desktop option. The custom Li-f-e variant of openSUSE for schools and educational institutions includes additional software and resources for students, teachers and parents.
As well as offering users a choice of either the GNOME 3.4 or the KDE 4.8.4 desktop environments like the standard version of openSUSE 12.2 upon which it is based, the Edu Li-f-e edition also includes version 1.5.7-1 of Cinnamon. This is a development snapshot of what will eventually become the stable 1.6 release of the Linux Mint project's fork of the GNOME Shell interface. The Sugar desktop suite, an award-winning learning platform popularised by the OLPC Project, is also included.
The distribution comes with software for a range of subjects such as mathematics, chemistry, music and astronomy, as well as various development tools. For educational administrators, Moodle, ATutor and FreeSMS (Free Student Management System) servers are also included. A full list of bundled packages is provided on the project's site.
Further information about the new version can be found in the release announcement; screenshots of the distribution are also provided. Hybrid ISO images of openSUSE 12.2 Edu Li-f-e for creating a LiveDVD or LiveUSB are available to download for 32-bit systems from the project's SourceForge page.
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