Escuelas Linux, the Bodhi-based educational distribution is back, with a new release intended to update several major apps, and to integrate in our distro new apps, to boost yet more our offer.
These are the changes
There are in Escuelas Linux three new and relevant apps
Welcome GNU PSPP
At Applications → Education → Mathematics → GNU PSPP
Do you need to do statistical analysis of sampled data with a replacement to the proprietary program SPSS?
With PSPP you can perform descriptive statistics, T-tests, anova, linear and logistic regression, measures of association, cluster analysis, reliability and factor analysis, non-parametric tests and much more, all with support for over 1 billion variables.
At Applications → Office → Zotero
An impressive software to manage bibliographic data, in which is possible to collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources with LibreOffice and any word processor, with automatic support for APA, APA 6th edition, Chicago Style Manual and many others.
LibreOffice in Escuelas Linux 5.6 is already configured for the use of Zotero plugin, merely open View → Toolbars → Zotero.
Firefox in Escuelas Linux 5.6 already has the plugin to extract and store references from web pages, but If you are updating from Escuelas Linux 5.5 and you use Zotero, you’ll need to install the web plugin by yourself, at https://www.zotero.org/download/
At Applications → Education → Other → Educational suite GCompris
In all Escuelas Linux existence we have always included GCompris, an awesome educational suite with which we had several collaboration activities, even providing most Spanish language voices. Nevertheless, the original GTK program ceased to receive maintenance some time ago, in order to be replaced for a new edition, fully redesigned and QT-based. Now Escuelas Linux includes GCompris-qt.
The following apps are updated
This new LibreOffice version has a spreadsheet with multithread calculations, new OpenGL transitions for the presentations app, many changes to the user interface, new default table styles, and filter improvements to read/write MS Office files.
OnlyOffice 4.8.6 (64 bit only)
Among many fixes and improvements, for us the best feature in this version is that now is possible to type accented characters used in several languages, without having to resort to any workaround. Worldwide users that need to type directly accented or other special characters, OnlyOffice is now ready!
This release, also called Quantum, is a full redesigned of Mozilla Firefox that features a new browsing engine that makes it faster, as well as a new streamlined interface.
If this new Firefox release does not suit you, don’t worry, Escuelas Linux also includes a more conservative Firefox Extended Support Release in which, among other things, is still possible to run Java or disk-located apps.
The main feature is a window panel, in which you can manage your tabs by being able to drag tabs to change their order, group tabs by topic to save space, tile tab stacks to compare several web pages side by side, hibernate unused tabs, pin tabs to ensure they always stay open, or mute sound in specific tabs.
Google Chrome 63 (64 bit), or Chromium 63 (32 bit)
In this release there are mostly security fixes, to enjoy one of the best apps to navigate the web.
Geogebra 5.0.414 and Adobe Flash 28
As usual in these programs, there are more features as well as security fixes.
If desired, you can easily update your Escuelas Linux computer to the most recent stable kernel to date, by merely running the script located in debs/other/kernel4.14 in our 64-bit ISO image.
In our RestoreUser program -used to restore all the apps to a custom default state- some KDE applications did not get restored to its default state. Bug fixed.
If Firefox got updated, appeared a dialog box asking which profile to use (default or Extended Support Release (ESR). Such situation now is handled automatically by Escuelas Linux, so those messages are not going to appear again.
There was a bug in our custom LibreOffice Image Gallery, which caused that some image categories were not displayed. Bug fixed.
Where to get it?
Escuelas Linux 5.6, either 32 or 64 bit, as well as Bodhi 4.0 installer, can be downloaded from:
The 32 and 64 bit packages to transform Escuelas Linux to its English language edition can be downloaded from here:
The packages to update Escuelas Linux from 5.5 to 5.6, 32 or 64 bit, are in
The PDF English Install Manual can be downloaded from this URL