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About Blue Linux


What is Blue Linux?

The Blue Linux Project is an association of individuals who are interested in creating a free operating system for educational use. This operating system that we are working on is called Blue Linux, or simply Blue Linux for short.

An operating system is the set of programs that make your computer run and function. At the base of the operating system is the kernel. The kernel is the most fundamental program on the computer and does all the basic work so that you can run other programs.

Blue Linux systems currently use the Linux kernel. Linux is a completely free kernel started by Linus Torvalds and now currently supported by thousands of programmers worldwide.

Of course, the thing that people want is application software: programs to help them get what they want to do done, from editing documents, keeping school administration information, to playing games. Blue Linux comes with thousands of packages (precompiled software that is bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine) -- all of it free.



What does it cost?

You may be wondering: why would people spend hours of their own time to write software, carefully package it, and then give it all away? The answers are as varied as the people who contribute. Some people like to help others. Many write programs to learn more about computers. More and more people are looking for ways to avoid the inflated price of commercial software. A growing crowd contribute as a thank you for all the great free software they've received from others. Many in academia create free software to help get the results of their research into wider use. Others help maintain free software so they can have a say in how it develops -- there's no quicker way to get a new feature than to implement it yourself! Of course, a lot of us just find it great fun.



What hardware is supported?

Blue Linux will run on almost all personal computers, including most older models. Due to the general lack of new technology in most school systems, we are currently focusing on supporting older hardware, and slower machines. Each new release of Blue Linux generally supports a larger number of computer architectures.

Almost all common hardware is supported. If you would like to be sure that all the devices connected to your machine are supported, check out the Linux Hardware Compatibility HOWTO.

There are a few companies that make support difficult by not releasing specifications for their hardware. Even if you have a commercial driver, you can run into problems if the company later goes out of business or stops support for the hardware you have. We recommend that you only purchase hardware from manufacturers that provide free drivers for their products



I need more information

You may want to check out our FAQ.



I am still not convinced

Don't take our word for it - Read real user information, case studies, and other reasons not only to try Blue Linux but why Linux in general is good in the school systems.



How do I get Blue Linux training

Blue Linux intends to make training for Blue Linux very simple, there are many ways to learn how to use,administrate, install, and maintain Blue Linux. We are currently writing a Blue Linux library. This will contain several books on the basic day to day workings of Blue Linux. These books will be written in plain english so that anyone can understand them. The second way to get Blue Linux training is go to a Blue Linux training session. We intend on having a training session one time a year free to whatever schools that are interested (currently seeking sponsor).



How do I get Blue Linux?

Either buy a CD or download it over the Internet. Then check out our installation documentation.

If you haven't yet, you may want to first look at the Linux Hardware Compatibility HOWTO.

Don't forget to take a look through the packages we offer (hopefully you won't be intimidated by the sheer number).



Who are you guys anyway?

Blue Linux is produced by developers spread around the world who volunteer in their spare time. Few of the developers have actually met in person. Communication is done primarily through e-mail (mailing lists at lists.bluelinux.org) and IRC (#blueedu channel at irc.bluelinux.org).



How did it get started?

Blue Linux was begun in August 2001 by Matt Jezorek, as a new distribution which would be made openly, in the spirit of Linux and for the educational system. Blue Linux was meant to be carefully and conscientiously put together, and to be maintained and supported with similar care.