We are developing a
GNU/Linux distribution for schools. It will be simple to
install and maintain, and will be based on local languages. In
Norway's case, this means that all bundled applications will be
Additionally, the most important applications will be available in
We will also make Sami letters
available through the Unicode standard, and develop a sorting function
according to the Sami alphabet.
The distribution shall be small enough to run on older, less powerful school computers, and fit on one CD.
Debian GNU Linux as basis for the distribution.
The installation will have four options (profiles):
- Main-Server: the machine running this profile (there can be only one such
machine in each Skolelinux network) provides the (network)services. It is mainly
a file/network and LDAP server.
- Workstation: machines running the 'Workstation' profile are normal machines.
Users logging on a workstation are authenticated by the machine running
the 'Main-Server' profile, and have their documents and personal settings
stored in home directories on the machine running the 'Main-Server' profile.
- Thin-Client-Server: machines running the 'Thin-Client-Server' profile are
able to accept thin client connections. This profile also includes the 'Workstation'
machines running the 'Standalone' profile are meant to be run outside the Skolelinux
network (e.g. in the homes of pupils and teachers) as a standalone machine.
- Standalone-Extras: The 'Standalone-Extras' profile is complementary to the 'Standalone' profile,
providing extra programs for it.
Skolelinux beta release 2 was published in the fall of 2002. Work is still very much in progress!
If you have questions or wish to contribute, please join one of our
Channel: #skolelinux (IRCnet (irc.pvv.ntnu.no, irc.ifi.uio.no, irc.uib.no))
System Distribution Coordinator:
Petter Reinholdtsen <pere @ hungry com>
The distribution is based on Debian GNU/Linux for Intel
x86. The base distribution is based on woody and