openSUSE Edu Li-f-e 13.1.1 MATE, a distribution based on openSUSE, has been announced by the openSUSE Education team.
The Edu Li-f-e edition of openSUSE is bundled with a lot of goodies useful for students, teachers, as well as IT admins or educational institutions. It's been around for quite some time and it usually follows the other major releases of openSUSE, in this case, 13.1.1.
The default flavor for this version of openSUSE is KDE, but the developers have also released lighter builds of the operating system based on MATE.
“This release includes carefully selected software for students, educators as well as parents. The software selection encompasses everything required to make computers productive for either home or educational use without having to install anything additional. The Live DVD contains KIWI-LTSP server that can be enabled even by non-technical user, it comes bundled with tons of useful applications from openSUSE Education, Build Service and Packman repositories.”
“With the KIWI-LTSP server you can PXE(network) boot other PCs to use this live DVD without installing or modifying anything on them. Booting from hard disk again will leave those PCs as they were.(Please note that running LTSP from Live DVD/USB is meant for demo/testing purpose only, install on the hard disk to use it in production),” reads the official website.
openSUSE Edu Li-f-e comes with a number of important applications such as Brain Workshop, Chemtool, Childsplay, Gcompris, KTechlab, Multiplication Puzzle, Stellarium, TuxPaint, TuxType, YACAS, and more.
The developers have also integrated a number of regular software such as VLC, Pidgin, Mozilla Firefox, Gimp, the LibreOffice suite, and quite a few others.
The MATE desktop is the perfect solution if you are looking for a distribution that still resembles the old GNOME 2 desktop, even if in fact you are dealing with a much more advanced piece of software. Users will be able to boot the Live DVD and get a feeling of the operating system and you can choose to install it afterwards.
As you would expect, this version of openSUSE is based on the 13.1 release, which is considered by the community to be the best one so far. You can check our initial report on the openSUSE 13.1.1 launch to see what other packages and improvements were implemented in this release.