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#1 Astroboy



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 04:24 PM


We are very glad to announce the immediate availability of Escuelas Linux 5.5 “Get more!”, the Bodhi based fifth update to our 5 series.


Among the novelties are:


  • LibreOffice 5.4

The new LibreOffice version offers a better user interface, even more practical and easier to use. As for the Impress app, is not necessary anymore to switch from notebookbar to another layout in order to be able to have a full screen presentation without the notebookbar buttons being visible.


  • OnlyOffice 4.4

It has numerous improvements, among which there is a better user interface and an interface panel already translated to other languages.

If you need to type Spanish accented characters in it, you can use the special method available in Escuelas Linux, in which Windows key + a = á, Windows key + e = é... Windows key + ! = ¡, Windows key + ? = ¿, Windows key + n = ñ.


  • Google Chrome 60 (64 bits) / Chromium 59 (32 bits)

Chrome 60 is up with a good number of changes useful for developers, and it solves 40 security problems. Chromium 59 adds a config menu with the Material Design look and feel.


  • Vivaldi 1.10.867.48

Vivaldi offers you ways to customize the Start Page and the new tabs in any way you like. You can add multiple Speed Dials to your Start Page and use these to organize and collect links to your favorite web pages. Thumbnails are generated by default, but with the latest update, you can replace them with custom images or even animated GIFs to create the desired look. It Is also possible the sorting of downloads by name, size, date added and date finished.


  • Geogebra is updated to its 5.0.381 version.


  • Adobe Flash Player is updated to its version, but remember that in Escuelas Linux you can update it easily any time you want, by merely opening Terminology and typing ‘sudo updateflash [enter]’


  • We added dozens of new plugins to Gimp, making it a graphics app even more powerful.


  • The packages of Linux Kernel 4.12.5 are included in /debs/other/kernel4.12, to be installed if desired. The 4.12 kernel has more than 24 millions of code, making it one of the biggest releases historically.


  • Last but no least, we now document in our Install Manual a feature that has been always included in Escuelas Linux, but it had been almost unknown because the only info about it was an old entry in our blog. In the Free Software world there is a powerful program named iTALC, which let you do, among other things:
    • See what’s going on in every student computer in a classroom
    • Take remote control of the student computers in order to help them
    • Put a live demo of whatever is doing a student in his/her computer
    • Block some or all computers in order to center the attention on a teacher
    • Send text messages to the students
    • Shut down all the computers with a single command.


We announce that in Escuelas Linux not only are included the packages needed to run iTALC, we also let people avoid the complex setup procedure that the app would require. In our distribution are included scripts that make easy the iTALC setup, for the clients as well as for the server. The procedures are now documented in the last part of our Install Manual.


Additionally, in our iTALC setup we include Ncopy, which is the in-house developed utility to copy with ease files or directories from an iTALC server to the hard disk of all student computers.


The ISO images of Escuelas Linux are in:



The English language packages are located in:



The Escuelas Linux 5.4 to 5.5 update packages can be found in:



The Install Manual can be downloaded here:





--We continue building future.

A big thank you to everyone who contributes to Bodhi Linux

#2 graywizardlinux


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 04:32 PM


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 01:52 PM

Getting better every release! Very good.




#4 Kev


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 01:59 AM

Looks good! :)

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 07:50 PM

Do they share the same repos or do they have their own? 

#6 Astroboy



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Posted 25 August 2017 - 08:00 PM

We use the same repositories as Bodhi, but we include a lot of packages that are not in those repos (either because the apps are not available, or because the repositories have very outdated versions of some apps).


One of our goals is to have a very complete educational distribution, in which is not a requirement to have Internet access. A lot of our schools don’t have that kind of access, so we try to be a very rich environment even for places without Internet.

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 08:48 PM

It looks like succesful and useful project...


Definitely making good name to Bodhi Linux.



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