"Schools should be looking to open source for students, both for
lower cost and far greater learning potential, and there are a
number of excellent education-oriented Linux distributions. Paul
Ferrill takes openSUSE For Schools (Linux For Education) for a
"openSUSE for Schools (or Linux for education aka Li-f-e) packs
a huge number of applications targeted at all grade levels.
Packages for both desktop and server are included. They've also
provided things like Internet filtering software to help parents
and educators protect kids from potential problems. For classroom
use you'll find tools for creating a kiosk mode or live CD bootable
on older machines.
"On the desktop the project supports several different use
cases. Installation options include a Live CD permitting you to
test drive the distribution before installing. The ISO image is of
the "hybrid" variety, so you can create a bootable USB drive
directly from the ISO file. If you do a default installation,
you'll get all the applications and server tools, taking around 8.7
GB of disk space. That's a good thing to know if you're installing
onto a separate partition or small hard drive."