Last weekend we met the arrival of Debian 9 Stretch as a stable and major version of the Debian project. A news that pleased many, but there is more. Along with the main version, two main "flavors" were also updated. These versions are Debian Gnu / Hurd and Debian Edu.
In this case we are going to talk about Debian Edu, a special version oriented to the world of education. Debian Edu 9 incorporates all the news from Debian 9 Stretch but also adds new things like a Plymouth.
Debian Edu or also known as Skolelinux is an educational distribution that based on Debian has everything you need to create a computer classroom. This means that the server version contains all the software to control the rest of the network and the normal version contains everything necessary to be controlled by the server and the educational applications necessary for the classroom.
Debian Edu 9 incorporates a Plymouth of a bar for the little ones
Debian Edu 9 Stretch contains new features such as Plymouth that will be installed by default except for the minimum version that does not have due to resource savings. Icinga is the new tool that will replace Nagios as a monitoring tool. NBD will also replace NFS as the file system. The major version of Debian Edu will come with Plasma, Gnome, MATE, XFCE and LXDE desktops.
If we have the old version of Debian Edu, we have to use update commands so that the distribution is updated to the new version. If, on the other hand, we do not have any version of Debian Edu, we can get the installation image in this link. Although we can also choose to install Debian 9 Stretch and once we have installed the distribution, install the meta-package called Debian-Edu, a meta-package that will transform our Debian 9 into Debian Edu 9. This is a simpler process but also longer due to the number of packages that have to be changed. In any case, Debian Edu 9 is a more than plausible option for an educational classroom. Do not you think?