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openSUSE Brings New Li-F-E To Schools

Jan 22, 2010, 17:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"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 spin.

"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.

"Desktop Options

"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."

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