Press release: Skolelinux wins the Scandinavian Free Software award

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Press release, Göteborg 2007-12-07

Skolelinux wins the Scandinavian Free Software award

Free Software Foundation Europe is proud to announce that the
Norwegian project Skolelinux is the winner of the first Free Software
Scandinavian Award handed out at during the Free Software Conference
Scandinavia 2007 in Göteborg friday 2007-12-07.

Skolelinux has under a long period of time worked hard to promote the
use of Free Software as well as the use of free and open standards and
file formats. By using low cost or spare hardware, schools and
other public institutions can find a free and cheap IT solution made
to meet their needs.

Skolelinux captures a big part of the free software spirit; sharing
and reusing.  By focusing on schools, Skolelinux makes sure students,
tomorrow's computer users, and decision makers, can grow up in a
spirit of sharing, reusing and learning from family, friends and

The goals of Skolelinux are to:

 * Provide a complete software solution using free software tailored
   for the needs and use-cases in educational scenarios.

 * Pre-configured for easy installation (standalone, as well as
   network-wide roll out).

 * Easy to use, maintain, and administer.

 * Supporting your native language.

 * Classify and package all free software related to education.

 * Write documentation to describe how to use the various software (in
   an educational context).

 * International availability, currently being translated into more
   than 50 languages.

Skolelinux has combined important, and dedicated work contributions with
technical knowledge and political skills.

The adoption of Skolelinux in so many countries around the globe shows
that the use of Free Software and open standards has really been
spreading in a very positiv way.

The next milestone is that we are now seeing the merge of different
school systems based on Free Software. The largest example is the
merge between Skolelinux and the very successful Spanish GNU/LinEx
project which has at the moment more than 250.000 users and 80.000
work stations in use in schools in Extremadura. The one laptop for
every two pupils project.

Both Skolelinux and the GNU/LinEx buildts on Debian GNU/Linux and can
enjoy the many synergy effects.

By focusing on schools the Skolelinux project shows by example how Free
Software can be used. The jury finds this strategy important for the
continued use of free and open standards.

Short about Skolelinux:

GNU/Linux in Schools

Skolelinux is free, stable, future secured, sustainable, and is up
grated frequently

 - no license problems
 - easy and time saving administration
 - security updates are made quickly available
 - simple system updating
 - good administration of the software packets
 - older PC 's can be used as thin clients
 - no dependence on commercial interests/vendor lock in

About the leadership:
The Skolelinux project has "doer democracy" which means that the
active persons decide!  The merit lies in your contributions not in
your title.

The free, open source code in the project is very valuable because the
source code is available making it is easy to change and
customize. This is illustrated by the many languages that are being
supported. In a digitalized world it is important for the survival of
the cultures that even small national languages are being actively

The collaboration platform:
The Skolelinux version 3.0r1 is now available.

There has been a valuable collaboration between the following
countries: Germany, Spain , France, Greece and Norway.  Lately also
with a Canadian School project.

For some years now there have been regular meetings between different
free software school systems and projects. The reason being to share
cool applications and avoid double work. A win-win situation for all.

Congratulations again to Skolelinux. We wish you continued growths and

The Scandinavian Free Software Award

The Scandinavian Free Software Award has been designed for Nordic
citizens, projects or organizations that make an outstanding
contribution to the Free Software movement. Free Software projects,
efforts, achievements of all kinds - including work done by Nordic`
citizens which has had a large effect in other parts of the world are
eligible to be nominated. It is the aim of FSCONS 2007 that this award
becomes an annual event.

Jury 2007:

The jury is compiled by Nordic citizens only. This year the members are:

- Anne Østergaard (Gnome Foundation, Denmark)
- Henrik Sandklef (FSFE, Sweden)
- Jonas Öberg (FSFE, Sweden)
- Marcus Rejås (FSFE, Sweden)
- Mathias Klang (FSFE, Sweden)
- Petter Reinholdtsen (NUUG, Norway)

The complete list of outstanding nominated projects is available on
<URL: >.

Contact information 
Jonas Øberg, Vice president of FSF Europe
  Phone: +46 733 423962
  email: oberg at

Anne Østergaard, leader of the award jury
  Phone: +45 35428873 (hjemme)
  epost: anne at


Free Software Foundation Europe

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