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openSUSE Education team is proud to present openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e (Linux for Education) based on openSUSE 12.3. The image is a “hybrid” iso image, the same image can be used to burn a Live DVD or to create a Live USB stick.

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 EducationBuild 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).

The aim of this DVD is to provide complete education and development resources for parents, students, teachers as well as IT admins running labs at educational institutes, if you think there is something missing that you absolutely must have on the DVD, drop us a line see “Communicate” here.


See Screenshots page.


Note: Some packages may not be on the li-f-e media but available from our build service repository.


To learn more, click on the link’s below:

Educational Server

Graphics and Publishing

  • Inkscape – Vector Graphics program to replace CorelDraw
  • Blender – 3D Animation and modeling software
  • XaraLX – Vector Graphics program to replace CorelDraw
  • Scribus – Desktop Publisher
  • GIMP – Image manipulation program


This Live DVD includes KIWI-LTSP server. To Test the KIWI-LTSP Server follow the according Quick start guide. Up to 5 users can be logged in to the live LTSP server (You will need minimum 512MB RAM+200M per additional user). More users can be added after installing on hard disk.

To test epoptes with LTSP in live environment, run epoptes as “linux” user after booting clients. After installation the user who runs epoptes has to be added to epoptes group.

Network booting(PXE) clients directly from the PC running this live DVD will give access to all of the applications on the DVD as well as all Desktop Environments.

User accounts and passwords

To test the Live KIWI-LTSP users can login from thinclient terminals as linux1-linux5, password is linux. For root there is no password.

To learn more about KIWI-LTSP click the link below:

Development Tools

To learn more about the included development tools click the links below:

  • LAMP is an Open Source web development platform. Live DVD contains the latest stable versions of the following components: Apache, MySQL, and PHP (Compare also for installing that on the normal openSUSE distribution: SDB:Linux Apache MySQL PHP)
  • Bluej (bluej) – An easy-to-use teaching environment for the Java language Gnome-Application
  • Monodevelop (Mono) – MonoDevelop is an Integrated Development Environment for C#, Boo, IronPython and Visual Basic developers that want to move their development environment to Linux Gnome-Application
  • Anjuta (Anjuta) – Anjuta is a versatile Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for C and C++ on GNU/Linux. Gnome-Application
  • Subversion is an Open Source version control system
  • Git (Git) – Git is an Open Source version control system designed to handle very large projects with speed and efficiency
  • CVS is an Open Source version control system on it’s way out
  • OSC is the openSUSE Build Service command line tool

And a lot more

  • Empathy messaging platform
  • VYM mind map application
  • Latest Wine to run windows applications on Linux
  • Dosbox for dos applications
  • Gobby is a free collaborative editor supporting multiple documents in one session and a multi-user chat
  • Abiword with collaboration feature for word processing
  • Libreoffice.Org Edition with improved interoperability and many additional features not found in OpenOffice.


Check out /usr/share/doc for complete course presentation of Gujarat State Education Board(GSEB) curriculum and openSUSE Manual


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Creating live USB stick

See the SDB article Live USB stick for instructions on creating live USB stick out of openSUSE-Edu-Li-f-e. Using live-fat-stick script or live-usb-gui is recommended when using vfat(fat32) USB stick or hard disk.

Minimum System Requirement

Any PC or a Virtual Machine with 1G RAM. PC should have a DVD drive or should be USB boot capable. For installation minimum 15GB partition is required.

Known issues

  • Cinnamon and Gnome boot menu entries does not work, kde session is started instead
  • Please add here if any issues are found


  • Why is there no 64bit edition?

Technical reason is: this edition works perfectly fine on x86_64 CPU for normal everyday use by our target audience, for users with more than 4G RAM, kernel-pae can be installed easily so there is not enough performance or otherwise reason to put effort maintaining two variants when this works on both the architectures.

Non-technical reason: Education team is a small volunteer team, we don’t have anyone on our team who care enough or has spare time to create, test and maintain 64bit edition, Here is the kiwi description: under trunk/kiwi-desc-edu/opensuse-edu-li-f-e-*/

  kiwi -b /path/to/opensuse-edu-li-f-e-* -d /folder/with/lot/of/space --target-arch x86_64

Ideally that should get 64bit version, however some work will have to be done to get it building and working properly.

Or there is also susestudio rough appliance template which can be used as starting point and get it in shape if interested.

Alternatively you can be part of openSUSE Education team to become maintainer of 64bit Li-f-e if is important for you, or find someone who cares enough, this will benefit everyone who requires 64bit version.

  • For such a big image why are my locale not included?

There are over 100 locales available in various stages of completion, so even if each takes just a few MB we would not be able to incorporate a lot of them, besides adding your language after installation via yast is easy and is required to be done just once in the life time of the distribution of almost 2 years.

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