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  1. Escuelas Linux announces the immediate availability, for the first time in its history, of the Escuelas Linux Developer Pack What is it? The Developer Pack is a set of packages that can be additionally installed in Escuelas Linux 5.7, with the goal of ease the setup of programming and development tools, such as LiveCode, Java, C and C++. In this way, the students and teachers now have available a beautiful development and learning environment, ready to be used as is usual in the Escuelas Linux distribution. Nevertheless, giving a preset development environment is not an obstacle to add or change any of the included elements you could need to develop your own apps. Do custom changes and play with the tools, but if returning to the default state of things was necessary, do not worry, merely run our own app, RestoreUser, to have everything back as it was by default. With the availability of this Pack, Escuelas Linux makes its first inroad in the service of students and teachers in high schools and universities. So, its installation is optional, and should be done only in educative environments in which the learning of programming tools is highly regarded. The Developer Pack includes: Java Runtime and Development Kit 8, in its most recent edition to date. LiveCode 9.0, as the app we recommend for development. In it is possible to develop native applications for Linux, MacOS, Windows and HTML5, but in our Pack LiveCode comes preconfigured to develop Android apps with ease. Android Studio, the native program to develop Android apps, is also available, ready and configured for immediate use. NetBeans 8.2, preconfigured to develop apps in Java, C and C++. Also, you can continue using development tools that were already included in Escuelas Linux: Edit your source code for dozens of languages in Kate. Compile C, C++ or Java code in command line. Complement your Java or HTML5 development with web pages created in Bluegriffon, BlueFish or Kompozer. The Developer Pack is available only for Escuelas Linux 5.7 64 bit, but if our users ask for it, we can develop a 32 bit edition soon, although would not include Android Studio as it is not supported for 32 bit anymore. Escuelas Linux Developer Pack can be downloaded right now from https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/developer/escuelasLinuxDeveloper5.7-64bits.tar.gz If, for example, the pack was already uncompressed in the Downloads directory (by right click on the package name -> Extract here), the steps to install it using Terminology would be: cd Downloads/escuelasLinuxDeveloper5.7-64bits/ [enter] sudo bash ./instala [enter] Type your password [enter] Despite the Spanish name "instala", the install script is going to work fine for Spanish and English language environments. You still don't have Escuelas Linux 5.7? Read all about this release and where can be downloaded, in https://sourceforge.net/p/escuelaslinux/blog/2018/03/escuelas-linux-57-the-last-of-the-5x-series/
  2. Could be useful to know at what point the boot process fail. You can press ESC key to remove the Bodhi spinning splash screen, to see at what point the boot instruction got stuck...
  3. Escuelas Linux 5.7, the last of our 5.x series

    @vvkozmenko The world is very aware of the great contribution made by the UK and the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of computer science in schools. I also love the UK curriculum for computer sciences, it is not a sell-out to benefit private corporations, and I believe is perfectly in line with the ideas of the article previously referenced: The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-computing-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-computing-programmes-of-study In Escuelas Linux we have the fortune to serve to this very same purpose for 187,135 registered students and teachers in our local environment, whom voluntarily use our educational distribution, and Escuelas Linux has been downloaded thousands of times from 101 countries, so maybe it has been useful to a lot of people that agree with the idea of "Choice!" in learning environments
  4. Escuelas Linux 5.7, the last of our 5.x series

    There is an article published in 2000, and it still address beautifully the questions from The Waiter http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/5071?page=0,1
  5. Escuelas Linux announces the immediate availability of its version 5.7, which is going to be the last of our 5.x series, closing in this way a cycle of development to boost the use of Free Software for educational purposes. When Bodhi Linux 5.0 (our base distro) and the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS repositories become available, we will begin to work on the design of what is going to be our 6.x series. Escuelas Linux 5.7 is the final update for our 5.x series, released to be a bridge to continue using legacy digital learning objects, and to begin to use new ones that will be the future. If in your country or school have old learning resources based on Java or Flash -tools that were popular in its heyday to distribute digital learning objects-, but at the same time you would like to be able to use newer tools such as some based on HTML5, Escuelas Linux is the platform that let you have the best of both worlds, because our distribution has the necessary libraries and apps to run legacy learning objects, as well as the most recent apps that are useful for educational purposes. For the apps, the novelties are the following: LibreOffice 6.0.2 https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/6.0.2/RC1 Firefox 59.0.1. We also include Firefox ESR to run legacy apps https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/59.0/releasenotes/ Chromium 64 (32-bit) and Google Chrome 65 (64-bit) https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2018/01/nic64 https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2018/03/nic65 OnlyOffice 4.8.7 (64-bit) https://github.com/ONLYOFFICE/DesktopEditors/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md#487 Vivaldi 1.14 https://vivaldi.com/blog/vivaldi-1-14-three-years-of-continuous-innovation/ Geogebra 5.0.447 https://wiki.geogebra.org/en/Reference:Changelog_6.0 eXeLearning 2.1.3 http://descargas.educalab.es/cedec/exe_learning/2.1.3/novedades_2.1.3_def/index.html Kernel 4.15.10 If desired, you can easily update one of the latest kernels to date, as the script to easily do so is included in debs/other/kernel4.15 in our 64-bit ISO image. Teamviewer 12 and the most recent version to date of Adobe Flash are also included. Nevertheless, remember that in Escuelas Linux you can open Terminology and type ‘sudo updateflash’ to always have the most recent version of Flash at your fingertips. Our Install Manual has been updated to acknowledge the availability of Unetbootin for Windows and Mac, so it is our documented procedure in any OS to make bootable USB sticks. Also, a procedure to manually create Linux partitions is back, as we still find some cases in which that procedure is needed. Bugs fixed The Standalone Flash Player (in the Graphics menu) didn’t work on 64-bit. Bug fixed. Due to missing file permissions, some legacy Flash based resources that are still used in some countries, didn’t work (such as History modules for TV based secondary schools, and some other digital learning contents). Issue fixed. If in your own country or school you would like to make use of your own local Flash based digital learning objects, you can open them. Double click in a SWF file. Or If you have Flash wrapped in HTML files, do the following steps: a) On the file manager, right click on the HTML file, choose “Firefox ESR Web Browser” If the Flash content is empty or blank, right click on the area of that content, choose Global configuration → Advanced tab → Trusted Location Settings, and add to the list the root directory in which you have your Digital Learning Objects. For Java based objects in an HTML wrapper, right click on the HTML file and choose “Firefox ESR Web Browser”. Terminology When you opened Terminology for a second time in a session, the character strings looked incomplete until you began to type. Issue fixed. Get Escuelas Linux! Escuelas Linux 5.7, either 32 or 64-bit, as well as the Bodhi 4.0 installer, can be downloaded from: https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/ The 32 and 64-bit packages to transform Escuelas Linux to its English language edition can be downloaded from here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/languages/English/ The packages to update Escuelas Linux from 5.6 to 5.7, 32 or 64-bit, are in https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/actualizaciones/5.6_a_5.7/ The PDF English Install Manual can be downloaded from this URL https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/languages/English/installManualEscuelasLinux-5.7-english.pdf/download
  6. Long entries menu issue solved?

    I checked the man pages for both (bodhibuilder and bodhibuilder-gtk) and, well, the documentation still seems a bit sparse. Maybe I could use the abundant documentation on remastersys to have a clearer idea on the use and features of the bodhibuilders, or even I could figure out some stuff due to the use… Currently Escuelas Linux is installed in two stages. One is to install Vanilla Bodhi, and the following one is to setup Escuelas Linux. In our perspective, this is straightforward, is somehow like installing an apppack on top of Bodhi. We even developed a graphical installer that makes it really easy: if the Escuelas Linux files are in media that recognizes native executable files (such as a DVD, our ISO mounted as loop or an EXT4 or similar file system) the Escuelas Linux installer runs with a mere double click. It is a bit more difficult if the files are in non-Linux file systems, such as FAT32 or NTFS, situations we document how to solve in our Install Manual. We also offer an Escuelas Linux install via command line, for those of us comfortable enough to using it. One advantage of our current approach is that is possible to use a vanilla Bodhi release as base, without any customization, and then add on top of it the Escuelas Linux concept. Another good advantage is that it eases the download process, instead of one big bulk ISO, a person can download Bodhi and Escuelas Linux ISOs as separate entities, thus making the download a bit easier for places in which the Internet is not very good. Some years back having Bodhi as a separate entity was absolutely required, since it had no UEFI support, so we used to create a custom Bodhi that included boot-repair software, to be able to install it on Windows 8 systems. One final advantage is the fact that we still install on very old computers that have a CD reader, but not a DVD reader. Creating a custom DVD which includes Escuelas Linux as well as the Bodhi boot files, certainly would be an issue on CD-boot based computers. The disadvantage of our approach is that you have to be aware of the need to download two ISOS (Bodhi and Escuelas). The confusion brought by The waiter in this thread sadly is very usual, as he was trying to boot a non-bootable Escuelas Linux ISO. Moreover, is necessary to take a look at our Install Manual to know how to install the contents of the Escuelas Linux ISO, which is a nuisance for all of us people not accustomed to having to read manuals…
  7. Long entries menu issue solved?

    Aside from the fact that Remastersys is an abandoned project and seems to be currently a non working option, its concept does not seem to fit our purposes. 1. The current Escuelas Linux ISOs easily fills a DVD, with almost no space left. That’s the reason we use Bodhi for the base install, and then we add on top of Bodhi the install of our own DVD sized ISO. We cannot stop supporting CD/DVDs as a lot of our users have old machines in which a USB stick is not a bootable device, or they do not have a lot money to buy a lot of sticks to install simultaneously, nor a lot of time to be installing with one or two USB sticks on only one computer at each time. The CDs to boot and install Bodhi, and DVDs to install Escuelas Linux, are an inexpensive way to let a lot of people setup multiple machines at once… 2. In the same line, Remastersys seemed to be intended to create bootable Live DVDs, which could include the installer to do a hard disk install. Is not clear to me if running the installer from that Live DVD is going to result in a hard disk installed system with all the packages and custom configurations we do, or is merely going to be the same result as running the Ubuntu or Bodhi installer as if they were not running in a custom DVD. But, then again, creating a bootable Live DVD and adding all our packages would generate an ISO bigger than the size allotted for a DVD, thus going back to the issue described in number 1. 3. Some people may be under the impression that Escuelas Linux is merely Bodhi with a bunch of deb apps. If it were so, certainly Remastersys could be useful. However, we do a lot of refinements in the included software, curated to be used at its max potential for educational environments. I don’t know if Remastersys would only setup using the same default config established in the debs packages included, or if it would have an option to run custom scripts as a final part of the setup process. Moreover, some of our included packages do not come from a deb file, wonder if those scenarios were covered in the tool…. 4. Remastersys generates an ISO with the same configurations as the machine it was created, which may be useful, for example, if the ISO were to be used by recipients using the same virtual machine program, but I wonder how well would run a virtual machine created iso in lots of different real hardware combinations, or in other brands of virtual machine apps...
  8. Long entries menu issue solved?

    I agree with Señor Charles, you need to take a look at our Install Manual, but resumed in three steps: 1. Run the installer for Bodhi 4.0 ISO. The account name has to be the word linux. The Bodhi 4.0 ISO can be downloaded from https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/ 2. Run execProg command line script, or the graphical installer from Escuelas Linux ISO. Yes, this ISO is a sort of apppack and is not bootable. 3. At this point you would have Escuelas Linux installed in the Spanish language edition. To have it in the English edition, download an appropriate tar.gz package from https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/languages/English/, uncompress it and run 'InstallEscuelasLinux'.
  9. Bodhi 4.5.0 Released

    Maybe icon cache got corrupted. Try rm -r .cache/efreet/ and restart computer
  10. Long entries menu issue solved?

    Don"t forget to check the English Install Manual, currently at https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/languages/English/installManualEscuelasLinux-5.6-english.pdf/download If you finish the install process having a desktop with a sky and clouds, the setup was right and you"d be using our customized desktop.
  11. Long entries menu issue solved?

    Well, I remember this bug had two stages: -The first one is from the times of the post you found. If in a given resolution the items on the menu could not be completely displayed, it chopped out of existence the items that were not visible. -A second bug stage came. If in a a given resolution the items on the menu could not be completely displayed, then the menu showed no items. However, at some point in time, we thought this bug was solved. In the Moksha config we currently use for Escuelas Linux, I can switch to a very low resolution (say, 640x480), and I can see any item on a menu, no matter if it has a few or a lot of items. If the items on a menu don't fit for a given screen resolution, no problem, I can move the mouse cursor up or down to see any of its items. I don't know why the menu is working fine in our setup, and not in yours, hence you wrote a patch to solve the issue. If you don't have Escuelas Linux installed, I can send you only a tar.gz of our .e/ setup to see if you can figure out why is working. PM an email address if you'd like that file sent to you.
  12. Long entries menu issue solved?

    Is really really great to have this patch! :lol: Thanks!!! But... I really thought that Jeff had this issue solved a long time ago, because on the Enlightenment/Moksha configuration included in Escuelas Linux, this issue has not happened anymore since a lot of ages!!! :o What the h.. And no, we have no Enlightenment coding knowledge, so we couldn't possibly did any hack. I can send a tar.gz of our custom .e/ to prove it. We currently use Bodhi 4.0 as base, but with efl_201706111.19.1-1 added...
  13. 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. Welcome Zotero 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/ Welcome, GCompris-qt 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 LibreOffice 6.0 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! Firefox 57.0.4 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. Vivaldi 1.13 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. Kernel 4.14.13 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. Bug fixing 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: https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/ The 32 and 64 bit packages to transform Escuelas Linux to its English language edition can be downloaded from here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/languages/English/ The packages to update Escuelas Linux from 5.5 to 5.6, 32 or 64 bit, are in https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/actualizaciones/5.5_a_5.6/ The PDF English Install Manual can be downloaded from this URL https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/languages/English/installManualEscuelasLinux-5.6-english.pdf/download
  14. Escuelas Linux 5.5 has arrived

    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.
  15. Escuelas Linux 5.5 has arrived

    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 5.4The 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 4.4It 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 1.10.867.48Vivaldi 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 26.0.0.151 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: https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/ The English language packages are located in: https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/languages/English/ The Escuelas Linux 5.4 to 5.5 update packages can be found in: https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/actualizaciones/5.4_a_5.5/ The Install Manual can be downloaded here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/escuelaslinux/files/languages/English/installManualEscuelasLinux-5.5-english.pdf/download --We continue building future.
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