openSUSE Education

openSUSE Education team is proud to present openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e (Linux for Education) based on openSUSE 11.4. The image is a “hybrid” iso image, the same image can be used to burn a Live DVD or to create a Live USB stick.

This release includes carefully selected software for students, educators as well as parents. The software selection encompasses everything required to make computers productive for either home or educational use without having to install anything additional.

The Live DVD contains KIWI-LTSP server that can be enabled even by non-technical user, it comes bundled with tons of useful applications from openSUSE Education, Build Service and Packman repositories. With the KIWI-LTSP server you can PXE(network) boot other PCs to use this live DVD without installing or modifying anything on them. Booting from hard disk again will leave those PCs as they were.(Please note that running LTSP from Live DVD/USB is meant for demo/testing purpose only, install on the hard disk to use it in production).

This distribution includes LAMP (LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) that is needed for developing or hosting PHP websites and all other major development tools.

The aim of this DVD is to provide complete education and development resources for parents, students, teachers as well as IT admins running labs at educational institutes.

Included Applications:

Educational Server

  • Moodle – Moodle is a course management system (CMS)
  • ATutor – ATutor is an Open Source Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS/LMS) designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind
  • FreeSMS – Web application for managing an educational facility

Graphics and Publishing

  • Inkscape – Vector Graphics program to replace CorelDraw
  • Blender – 3D Animation and modeling software
  • XaraLX – Vector Graphics program to replace CorelDraw
  • Scribus – Desktop Publisher
  • GIMP – Image manipulation program


This Live DVD includes KIWI-LTSP server. To Test the KIWI-LTSP Server follow the according Quick start guide. Up to 5 users can be logged in to the live LTSP server (You will need minimum 512MB RAM+200M per additional user). More users can be added after installing on hard disk.

To test iTalc with LTSP in live environment, double-click iTalc icon after booting clients. After installation iTalc needs to be enabled as per the instructions here.

Network booting(PXE) clients directly from the PC running this live DVD will give access to all of the applications on the DVD as well as all Desktop Environments.

User accounts and passwords

To test the Live KIWI-LTSP users can login from thinclient terminals as linux1-linux5, password is linux. For root there is no password.

To learn more about KIWI-LTSP click the link below:

Development Tools

To learn more about the included development tools click the links below:

  • LAMP is an Open Source web development platform. Live DVD contains the latest stable versions of the following components: Apache, MySQL, and PHP (Compare also for installing that on the normal openSUSE distribution: SDB:Linux Apache MySQL PHP)
  • Bluej (bluej) – An easy-to-use teaching environment for the Java language Gnome-Application
  • Bwbasic (bwbasic) – It is an ideal language for beginners Gnome-Application
  • Eclipse (eclipse) – An open source community, whose projects are focused on building an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools and runtimes for building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle Gnome-Application
  • NetBeans (netbeans) – Rock solid software development product Gnome-Application
  • Monodevelop (Mono) – MonoDevelop is an Integrated Development Environment for C#, Boo, IronPython and Visual Basic developers that want to move their development environment to Linux Gnome-Application
  • Anjuta (Anjuta) – Anjuta is a versatile Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for C and C++ on GNU/Linux. Gnome-Application
  • Subversion is an Open Source version control system
  • Git (Git) – Git is an Open Source version control system designed to handle very large projects with speed and efficiency
  • CVS is an Open Source version control system on it’s way out
  • OSC is the openSUSE Build Service command line tool

And a lot more

  • Empathy messaging platform
  • VYM mind map application
  • Latest Wine to run windows applications on Linux
  • Dosbox for dos applications
  • Gwibber, a twitter and client
  • Gobby is a free collaborative editor supporting multiple documents in one session and a multi-user chat
  • Abiword with collaboration feature for word processing
  • Libreoffice.Org Edition with improved interoperability and many additional features not found in OpenOffice.

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