The penguin goes to school!
With EduLinux, Université de Sherbrooke offers a system adapted from nursery school to university
Sherbrooke, le 20 juin 2003 – The Université de Sherbrooke has launched a brand new open source operating system, based on Mandrake Linux : EduLinux, offering the basic version to the entire Canada network of education from nursery school to highschool and university for free.
“Thanks to EduLinux, students, as well as educational institutions all over Canada can make their computer work for a very low cost. Université de Sherbrooke is very proud of offering this user-friendly operating system, compatible with PC-type computers. We'd like to thank our students from the Linux Users Group of Université de Sherbrooke (GULUS), the Faculty of Engineering and MandrakeSoft Canada, who have entirely conceived EduLinux, on the base of the latest version of Mandrake Linux : 9.1”, has declared rector Bruno-Marie Béchard.
EduLinux is available for free in its basic version on the web site : http://www.edulinux.org/spip_en. This version presents 3 images of CDRoms you have to download and engrave yourself. It contains the Linux exploitation system, a range of the most useful softwares for students (text processor, calculator, Internet provider, mailing system), as well as a lot of games and educative softwares, all adapted to Quebec's French and available in English.
A complete version, is also sold at a very low price (under $20) thanks to negotiations between the University-Companies Relations Bureau with authorized retailers, the list of whom would soon be published on the EduLinux web site. Besides the 3 basic CDRoms, EduLinux offers a 4th one including Acrobat Reader and multimedia softwares like Real Player, a Flash player, Java, a DVD player, etc., all in a cardboard box.
“Thanks to the office suite OpenOffice, part of the EduLinux distribution, it is possible to create, open and modify easily Microsoft Office's documents like Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Softwares development tools are also included in EduLinux.” Indicates Richard J Marceau, Senior Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the Université de Sherbrooke.
Dean Marceau reminds that the EduLinux system, symbolized by the famous penguin, needs less resources than proprietary systems, which enables all the old computer of the Pentium class to come to life again. “Besides all this, the sale price of the complete version of EduLinux and all the softwares included make hacking, affecting prorietaries operating systems, worthless”, emphasizes Richard J. Marceau.
The Faculty of Engineering of Sherbrooke has been the foreman and the making of EduLinux has been done by the members of GULUS, a student association of the Université de Sherbrooke, whose goal is to promote the use of Linux operating system as well as free softwares inside Sherbrooke community. “To do so, we give technical help by e-mail and regularly organize conferences on different subjects linked to Linux and the free software community. Among that, once in a session, we organize a festival of installation and use of Linux”, explains Benoît des Ligneris, vice-president of GULUS and Physics Ph.D., Faculty of Science.
Université de Sherbrooke has of course began to implement EduLinux in certain laboratories and in its Carrefour de l'Information, on the main campus.
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Communication Office, Université de Sherbrooke
Courriel : Section.Communications@USherbrooke.ca
Benoît des Ligneris, vice-président du GULUS (Groupe d'utilisateurs de Linux à l'Université de Sherbrooke)
(819) 821-8000, poste 1989
Courriel : EduLinux@css.USherbrooke.ca