I am happy to report that the Debian Edu team sent out this announcement today:
the Debian Edu / Skolelinux project is pleased to announce the first *beta* release of Debian Edu "Jessie" 8.0+edu0~b1, which for the first time is composed entirely of packages from the current Debian stable release, Debian 8 "Jessie". (As most reading this will know, Debian "Jessie" hasn't actually been released by now. The release is still in progress but should finish later today ;) We expect to make a final release of Debian Edu "Jessie" in the coming weeks, timed with the first point release of Debian Jessie. Upgrades from this beta release of Debian Edu Jessie to the final release will be possible and encouraged! Please report feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or submit bugs: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/HowTo/ReportBugs Debian Edu - sometimes also known as "Skolelinux" - is a complete operating system for schools, universities and other organisations. Through its pre- prepared installation profiles administrators can install servers, workstations and laptops which will work in harmony on the school network. With Debian Edu, the teachers themselves or their technical support staff can roll out a complete multi-user, multi-machine study environment within hours or days. Debian Edu is already in use at several hundred schools all over the world, particularly in Germany, Spain and Norway. Installations come with hundreds of applications pre-installed, plus the whole Debian archive of thousands of compatible packages within easy reach. For those who want to give Debian Edu Jessie a try, download and installation instructions are available, including detailed instructions in the manual explaining the first steps, such as setting up a network or adding users. Please note that the password for the user your prompted for during installation must have a length of at least 5 characters! == Where to download == A multi-architecture CD / usbstick image (649 MiB) for network booting can be downloaded at the following locations: http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-8.0+edu0~b1-CD.iso rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-8.0+edu0~b1-CD.iso . The SHA1SUM of this image is: 54a524d16246cddd8d2cfd6ea52f2dd78c47ee0a Alternatively an extended DVD / usbstick image (4.9 GiB) is also available, with more software included (saving additional download time): http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-8.0+edu0~b1-USB.iso rsync -avzP ftp.skolelinux.org::skolelinux-cd/debian-edu-8.0+edu0~b1-USB.iso The SHA1SUM of this image is: fb1f1504a490c077a48653898f9d6a461cb3c636 Sources are available from the Debian archive, see http://ftp.debian.org/debian-cd/8.0.0/source/ for some download options. == Debian Edu Jessie manual in seven languages == Please see https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Documentation/Jessie/ for the English version of the Debian Edu jessie manual. This manual has been fully translated to German, French, Italian, Danish, Dutch and Norwegian Bokmål. A partly translated version exists for Spanish. See http://maintainer.skolelinux.org/debian-edu-doc/ for online version of the translated manual. More information about Debian 8 "Jessie" itself is provided in the release notes and the installation manual: - http://www.debian.org/releases/jessie/releasenotes - http://www.debian.org/releases/jessie/installmanual == Errata / known problems == It takes up to 15 minutes for a changed hostname to be updated via DHCP (#780461). The hostname script fails to update LTSP server hostname (#783087). Workaround: run update-hostname-from-ip on the client to update the hostname immediately. Check https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Status/Jessie for a possibly more current and complete list. == Some more details about Debian Edu 8.0+edu0~b1 Codename Jessie released 2015-04-25 == === Software updates === Everything which is new in Debian 8 Jessie, e.g.: * Linux kernel 3.16.7-ctk9; for the i386 architecture, support for i486 processors has been dropped; oldest supported ones: i586 (like Intel Pentium and AMD K5). * Desktop environments KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.11.13, GNOME 3.14, Xfce 4.12, LXDE 0.5.6 * new optional desktop environment: MATE 1.8 * KDE Plasma Workspaces is installed by default; to choose one of the others see the manual. * the browsers Iceweasel 31 ESR and Chromium 41 * LibreOffice 4.3.3 * GOsa 2.7.4 * LTSP 5.5.4 * CUPS print system 1.7.5 * new boot framework: systemd * Educational toolbox GCompris 14.12 * Music creator Rosegarden 14.02 * Image editor Gimp 2.8.14 * Virtual stargazer Stellarium 0.13.1 * golearn 0.9 * tuxpaint 0.9.22 * New version of debian-installer from Debian Jessie. * Debian Jessie includes about 43000 packages available for installation. * More information about Debian 8 Jessie is provided in its release notes and the installation manual, see the link above. === Installation changes === Installations done via PXE now also install firmware automatically for the hardware present. === Fixed bugs === A number of bugs have been fixed in this release; the most noticeable from a user perspective: * Inserting incorrect DNS information in Gosa will no longer break DNS completely, but instead stop DNS updates until the incorrect information is corrected (710362) * shutdown-at-night now shuts the system down if gdm3 is used (775608). === Sugar desktop removed === As the Sugar desktop was removed from Debian Jessie, it is also not available in Debian Edu jessie. == About Debian Edu / 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. Directly after installation a school server running all services needed for a school network is set up just waiting for users and machines being added via GOsa², a comfortable Web-UI. A netbooting environment is prepared using PXE, so after initial installation of the main server from CD or USB stick all other machines can be installed via the network. The provided school server provides LDAP database and Kerberos authentication service, centralized home directories, DHCP server, web proxy and many other services. The desktop contains more than 60 educational software packages and more are available from the Debian archive, and schools can choose between KDE, GNOME, LXDE, Xfce and MATE desktop environment. == About Debian == The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly free community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of the largest and most influential open source projects. Thousands of volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range of computer types, Debian calls itself the universal operating system. == Thanks == Thanks to everyone making Debian and Debian Edu / Skolelinux happen! You rock.