Debian Edu / Skolelinux Bullseye — a complete Linux solution for your school
August 15th, 2021
Are you the administrator for a computer lab or an entire school network? Would you like to install servers, workstations, and laptops to work together? Do you want the stability of Debian with network services already preconfigured? Do you wish to have a web-based tool to manage systems and several hundred or even more user accounts? Have you asked yourself if and how older computers could be used?
Then Debian Edu is for you. The teachers themselves or their technical support can roll out a complete multi-user multi-machine study environment within a few days. Debian Edu comes with hundreds of applications pre-installed, and you can always add more packages from Debian.
The Debian Edu developer team is happy to announce Debian Edu 11
Bullseye, the Debian Edu / Skolelinux release based
on the Debian 11
Please consider testing it and reporting back (<firstname.lastname@example.org>)
to help us to improve it further.
About Debian Edu and Skolelinux
Debian Edu, also known as Skolelinux, is a Linux distribution based on Debian providing an out-of-the box environment of a completely configured school network. Immediately after installation, a school server running all services needed for a school network is set up just waiting for users and machines to be added via GOsa², a comfortable web interface. A netbooting environment is prepared, so after initial installation of the main server from CD / DVD / BD or USB stick all other machines can be installed via the network. Older computers (even up to ten or so years old) can be used as LTSP thin clients or diskless workstations, booting from the network without any installation and configuration at all. The Debian Edu school server provides an LDAP database and Kerberos authentication service, centralized home directories, a DHCP server, a web proxy and many other services. The desktop environment contains more than 70 educational software packages and more are available from the Debian archive. Schools can choose between the desktop environments Xfce, GNOME, LXDE, MATE, KDE Plasma, Cinnamon and LXQt.
New features for Debian Edu 11
These are some items from the release notes for Debian Edu 11
based on the Debian 11
The full list including more detailed information is part of the related
Debian Edu manual chapter.
- New LTSP to support diskless workstations. Thin clients are still supported, now using X2Go technology.
- Booting over the network is provided using iPXE instead of PXELINUX to be compliant with LTSP.
- The Debian Installer's graphical mode is used for iPXE installations.
Samba is now configured as
standalone serverwith support for SMB2/SMB3.
- DuckDuckGo is used as default search provider for both Firefox ESR and Chromium.
- New tool added to set up freeRADIUS with support for both EAP-TTLS/PAP and PEAP-MSCHAPV2 methods.
Improved tool available to configure a new system with
Minimalprofile as dedicated gateway.
Download options, installation steps and manual
Official Debian Network-Installer CD images for both 64-bit and 32-bit PCs are available. The 32-bit image will only be needed in rare cases (for PCs older than around 15 years). The images can be downloaded at the following locations:
Alternatively official Debian BD images (more than 5 GB in size) are also available. It is possible to set up a whole Debian Edu network without an Internet connection (including all desktop environments and localization for all languages supported by Debian). These images can be downloaded at the following locations:
The images can be verified using the signed checksums provided in the download
Once you've downloaded an image, you can check that
- its checksum matches that expected from the checksum file; and that
- the checksum file has not been tampered with.
For more information about how to do these steps, read the verification guide.
Debian Edu 11
Bullseye is entirely based on Debian 11
so the sources for all packages are available from the Debian archive.
Please note the
Debian Edu Bullseye status page.
for always up-to-date information about Debian Edu 11
instructions how to use
rsync for downloading the ISO images.
When upgrading from Debian Edu 10
Buster please read the related
Debian Edu manual chapter.
For installation notes please read the related Debian Edu manual chapter.
After installation you need to take these first steps.
Please see the Debian Edu wiki pages
for the latest English version of the Debian Edu
The manual has been fully translated to German, French, Italian, Danish, Dutch,
Norwegian Bokmål, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Portuguese (Portugal).
Partly translated versions exist for Spanish, Romanian and Polish.
An overview of
the latest published versions of the manual is available.
More information about Debian 11
Bullseye itself is provided in the
release notes and the installation manual; see https://www.debian.org/.
The Debian Project is an association of Free Software developers who volunteer their time and effort in order to produce the completely free operating system Debian.
For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at https://www.debian.org/ or send mail to <email@example.com>.