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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
At first blush, the new offering, with a proposed release this fall, appears to have the makings of a serious competitor. Designed as an add-on “EDU-CD” to accompany the upcoming 10.3 release of openSUSE, the so-called “SLEducator” is designed to “[ease] the installation and configuration of an educational network and student desktop.”
If you’ve been following my posts, you know that I’ve had some really positive experiences with Edubuntu (the “it-just-works” factor goes a long ways for me). The educational add-ons proposed for this project add not only LTSP support (we can only hope that it will be as easy and turnkey an implementation as that represented by Edubuntu), but also several administrative tools that Edubuntu is lacking.
Like Edubuntu, the openSUSE initiative also has a standalone desktop component and desktop feature set geared towards a wide range of educational needs.