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Re: [school-discuss] Project developing free school server solution

On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 23:39:59 +0200
Bjoern Scheuermann <bjoern@solution.de> wrote:

      Am Freitag, 17. Oktober 2003 22:37 schrieb Hilaire Fernandes:
      > On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 21:54:49 +0200
      > Bjoern Scheuermann <bjoern@solution.de> wrote:
      >       So what we'd really like to know is the following:
      >       Is there any interest in a solution like this outside Germany?
      >       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 planning/programming/maintenance?
      > I am sure you know about the Skolelinux project, kicking and alive at
      > http://www.skolelinux.no
      Thanks for the hint!
      Yes, we know about this project. And at the moment we're trying to get contact 
      to the skolelinux people as well. But - as I've mentioned before - we want to 
      go one step further.
      What we're especially missing are the really "school-specific" features in 
      skolelinux, like an advanced user management which is aware of "students" and 
      "teachers", of teachers being allowed to permit and deny things, of students 
      being in "classes" and "workgroups", of classes changing every year (without 
      having a local administrator to spend a whole day for this procedure), tools 
      to support writing tests at the computer, etc. This is what we want to do.

Admin and tool to writting tests are two differents things. For the
first one, within skolelinux, there is an admin tool to manage user and
group, maybe you want to look at this one, if you want more you will
find more easy to add and contributing stuff to skolelinux than starting
from the ground.

Personnaly I would also like to see more school oriented stuff within
SL, especialy a tool to construct and manage user profiles.

      And, additionally, we want to avoid to force the user to use a Linux shell or 
      to edit config files, even to know how a Linux box works or which software is 
      used and what it does. Unfortunately, skolelinux requires exactly this nearly 

Can you be more explicit and give us a few examples of such situations?



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