Applications for the School Sector

Applications for the School Sector

We have recognized the school sector as the most fit for Open Source solutions since they usually have an ecosystem of their own.

The Openkvarken project has built a complete suite for the school sector based on open source software. This project was named Eduvom and is being used in the muncipality of Vörå.

Eduvom, a sub-project in the municipality of Vörå where Open Kvarken has designed a complete IT- infrastructure based on Open-Source. Using Xen for virtual machines, the project also includes Ubuntu as desktop, OpenLDAP for authentication, NFS (Network File Server) for file sharing, Openmeetings for web conferences and virtual classrooms. Eduvom also include Moodle as E-learning platform linked with OpenMeetings. Zimbra is used for email, and Joomla for their Eduvom.fi portal (with LAMP as base).

Eduvom- piece by piece

Föräldramötet is a portal for communication between teachers and parents. It allows parents to easily check up happenings, homework assignments, problems etc concerning their child/ren in the nursery or school. This project is developed in Sundsvall by Nordic Peak and has been commercialised in Sweden and is being used in muncipalities in Finland.
 
Moodle, an E-learning platform that is in use in several Universities  introduced to undergraduate education. Moodle in combination with OpenMeetings is a powerful tool for education purposes.   

OpenMeetings, a web based conference system that does not require any installations on clients using it. It runs on our servers in both Finland and Sweden, making it available and open to the public for testing. We now have about 100 organizations on our servers and over 500 users in the testgroup. JNT has participated in the development of new features and testing.  Commercial versions and support can be bought from JNT and Mediamaisteri.

Zimbra is an Open Source webmail server that will now be implemented in the municipality of Malax. This product has been commercialized through Multitronic in Finland.

Ubuntu:

We can offer Thin Client solutions to schools in our Kvarken region. The Thin Client solution is based on Ubuntu and can also be installed as Fat Clients. You can find instructions for installing Ubuntu thin clients in English to the right. We have reused 80 old PC:s from Vaasa University of Applied Sciences and given them for free to primary schools in Vörå-Maxo with Edubuntu installed on them. We also have reused two old PCs and use them as an Open Source firewall.

Starting 2011 the schools in Vörå and Oravais will be able to run Ubuntu LTSP (thin client) on any computer connected to the network.

Skol Linux:

The municipality of Korsholm offers you "Skol Linux" in Swedish for EeePC:s. You can find more information here.

Mini Laptops + Edubuntu / Skol Linux

The project has bought 16 Aspire One mini laptops and is lending them to schools for a trial period of two weeks.

By using mini laptops and EdUbuntu the price of a computer is 300 €. We have also made images available of the 120 GB HDD of the Aspire One on the Internet with Skol Linux and Edu Ubuntu. The images are also available om 8 GB USB memory. This means restoring a HDD takes 5 minutes from the USB. If schools choose other kinds of Mini laptops we can help with the Skol Linux and Edu Ubuntu installations and images on USB memory. Documentation in Swedish how to create an image of the HDD on USB is available to the right.