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Re: [school-discuss] Project developing free school server solution
>From Bjoern Scheuermann, Oct 17 at 21:54:
>we are a group in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg in south-western Germany
>developing an OSS, "out-of-the-box", Linux based server solution for schools.
>Our project was initiated and is supported by the administration of
>What we *have* is a distribution which provides a simple installation without
>lots of options and with some ready-to-run features specifically designed to
>meet the typical school requirements. What we also have is an increasing
>number of problems with this solution, specifically concerning security
>updates and usage of somewhat outdated technology - nevertheless is is
>successfully used in several hundret schools for quite some time now.
We are giving rise to a board of directors aimed at providing a linux distribution
to schools ad guiding a profesional remote assitance service to school net
We are considering skolelinux.
What are the differences between that and your distribution ?
>What we *want* is a complete redesign. The first steps of this task are done,
>but we are still working on the basics und theoretical foundations of the
>project. In this process we are now considering whether we should open up
>internationally. Previous versions of the server were for example only
>available in German, and nobody thought about internationalization.
>Features we are planning to realize in a time horizon of about 10-12 months
>are for example:
>o support of single- and multi-server installations
>o completely manageable via web interface, you should not need to know that
>it's Linux doing the work in the background
>o support of MS Windows (98, 2K, XP) and Linux clients
>o LDAP-based user management
>o extended privilege system, which especially supports the typical school
>requirements: easy auto-creation/maintenance of lots of student accounts,
>special privileges for teachers (without making them admins),...
>o integration of disk imaging solution to quickly restore clients via network
>o flexible internet access control (teachers can allow/deny access for
>students, integrated web filter,...)
>o complete mail solution with out-of-the-box webmail, IMAP access,...
>o robust and secure design
>o much, much, much more
I think some work has been already done by skolelinux (www.skolelinux.no)
Please tell me more about your project.
>So what we'd really like to know is the following:
>Is there any interest in a solution like this outside Germany?
Our working group is interested
Please read more about our project at: http://linfe.it/projects/redne
>Is it worth the additional effort to make this "international"?
>And -- maybe the most important question -- are there people outta there (in
>Germany or anywhere else) willing to put a little work into this? For example
>helping us to stay "compatible" to other countries' school systems and
>specific requirements during the planning phase, to translate documentation
>and user interfaces, and maybe even to really participate and do some
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