Linux Schools: Free Software in Basic Education

Linux schools is a distribution created under the profile of use of FOSS, oriented to educational purposes . It is developed to implement in basic education, the use of free software. It is a program created by the Zacatecas Secretary of Education (Mexico), developed as a project of the General Coordination of Information and Communication Technologies "Digital Agenda" of the state government.

LogoSchoolsLinux Linux schools works so that the use of the operating system Linux be adaptable in schools and that it also works with an improved system, which is established for the basic education.

Desktop Enlightment Schools Linux

Desktop Enlightment Schools Linux

Among some of its characteristics we can define the following:

  • This distribution also adheres to the installation of Bodhi linux. A distribution characterized by being very light and which is established in Ubuntu; another Linux distribution that is defined as being focused on desktop computers.
  • Linux schools can be used in equipment 32 and 64 bits. Characterized by being a fairly light distribution. For the 32-bit version, it is recommended that the computer has a RAM memory of at least 256 MB and 40 GB of space on the hard disk. And for the 64-bit version on computers with 4 GB of RAM.
  • For its installation, Escuelas Linux gives you a user account that is located fully configured. Among the benefits of this, the user does not need to download any type of file or modify it. There is no need to compile an application since they have all their elements and complete configurations.
  • There are the necessary security measures  to protect the configuration of the account that the user has. But if this measure is necessary, the person in charge of supervising the executed tasks can restore the account if he wishes.
  • Schools Linux is offered in Spanish Language, designed for the public in Latin America, and also available in English language.
  • It has a use of two own portals, to raise awareness of Web education. First of all we have the Diploma «Information and Communication Technologies Applied to Teaching and Learning Processes in Basic Education» that you work through the internet. And the portal and, designed for teachers who wish to work with the modality of online courses or distance relationship, developed using the platform Moodle.
  • Use the graphical interface Enlightenment, which is characterized by a fairly low resource consumption.
LibreOffice 5

LibreOffice 5

  • Work with different browsers; Opera, Chrome, Firefox and Midori.
  • Some of the applications available in the distribution are; KTurtle, Geogebra and GCompris, which are characterized to work in the area of ​​science such as chemistry and mathematics.

Currently we can find different versions for Linux Schools; from 3.1 to 4.0 and 4.1. But the latest version, Schools Linux 4.2 is available now.

For this latest version, the presence of the name "Ubuntu" in the Start menu was modified, to now have the name "Schools Linux" in it. In addition, the installation manual has been updated.

Among the updated programs for this update we have:

  • LibreOffice 5.0.3
  • Mozilla Firefox 42
  • Google Chrome 46
  • Adobe Flash 20151110.1
  • Live Code 7.1.0
  • Geogebra 5.0.170

If you want more information on how to install Linux schools on your computer, here is a link where you can access to download the Installation Manual.


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  1.   Alexander TorMar said

    Could someone please explain to me What is the difference between FreeOffice and Open / LibreOffice?

    1.    pedrini210 said

      All these Office suites come from the same source, Apache OpenOffice, however each one has decided to take its development course to focus on different functionalities.

      In the particular case of FreeOffice, the development is supported by the SoftMaker company. They do not offer OSX support and were pioneers in the Android app for the OpenOffice formats.

      Currently, the development of these suites is almost approved, with LibreOffice being the one with the largest community.

      Remember, the good and beautiful thing about free software is that many people can offer many different approaches to the same problem. It gives us the freedom to allow us to continue projects in different directions, and as users to choose and support the developments that best suit our needs.

      1.    Tile said

        As I understand LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice, just like FreeOffice, I have hardly heard anything about the latter and I really don't like the idea of ​​trying out office suites like crazy, I was comfortable with OpenOffice but since they started to get it out of Almost all the distros, the better I stayed with LibreOffice, I have also tried WPS Office (based on LO) but I still feel that it is heavy, plus I think there is still no native version of Linux in Spanish.

  2.   Tile said

    With what is fashionable to get lots of computers and install the same version of a certain system, I consider that it would be more appropriate to manage a distribution with its own repository (s), more or less like Antergos.
    What I have seen more mature are the spins of Fedora, as I understand anyone could take a new spin and put a certain set of software as long as said person polishes the spin and takes care of correcting bugs.

  3.   Majiro said

    I have a cyber running with linux for 3 years, how can I help?

    1.    alexander said

      Dear majiro, can you still read this comment, how did you do your cyber with linux?

  4.    Luigys toro said

    You can make a guide of the software you use. Here are the steps on how to share it