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Test the POSSE Education Fedora Remix today!



=== Test the POSSE Education Fedora Remix today! ===

Have you ever wanted to contribute - or get others to contribute - to an open source education project, but never found the time to set up and get started? We've got a ready-to-go contributors' (not just code!) environment for you.

The Fedora Education SIG (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Education_SIG) announces today in cooperation with POSSE (http://teachingopensource.org/index.php/POSSE_2009), a Red Hat sponsored summer program to introduce professors to the open source way of development, the release of the POSSE Education remix. The remix will be deployed immediately to the professors at POSSE and has been developed with the purpose of creating a ready-to-go development environment for contributing to educational projects inside, but also outside of the Fedora ecosystem in mind. It contains development environments, tools, documentation, and getting-started resources for contributing to a number of projects including Fedora, Mozilla, Sugar Labs and KDE Education and can be used by individuals or by teachers, students, and classrooms that want to contribute to open source projects as part of their course effort.

The download is directly available, together with the SHA-1 checksum, over HTTP from here:

http://alt.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/remixes/POSSE/POSSE-Education-1.iso

391a0170e09e68142cbe2c95b62b2b0c6fa628d5  POSSE-Education-1.iso

Being based on the latest Fedora release, this remix provides users with a stable environment with supplemental features, such as:

* an easy starting point into educational open source projects by providing pre-selected bookmarks and related IRC channels

* the Sugar Platform (http://www.sugarlabs.org), as seen on the OLPC
- as of 2009/07/15, all required dependencies for building sugar-jhbuild, a way of pulling and running the latest sugar bits, are included

* a number of educational applications, such as the KDE Education Packages (http://edu.kde.org) or software for numerical operations - a Moodle session (http://www.moodle.org) to showcase an open source learning management system

* a whole development environment including gcc, python and more, as well as Fedora's packaging tools - the Eclipse environment with plugins for Python and RPM, but also LaTeX and documentation purposes

A getting started guide is also available and contains instructions for various applications and communities: https://fedorahosted.org/education/wiki/GetStarted

If you are interested in getting in touch with the developers, other users or would just like to submit feedback, please join our mailing list here: http://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/fedora-education-list. If you are interested in using this for your own development or in your classroom, or have an open source education project you'd like to see included in the next version, please let us know and we'll get you started.

If you report bugs in bugzilla, please make sure to make them depend on our tracker: http://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=EducationTracker

Thanks,
Sebastian Dziallas for the Education SIG


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