Skolelinux is often referred to as Debian Edu or the educational subset of the GNU/Linux distribution Debian. It is a Debian Pure Blend, a subset of Debian that has been tailored to be used out-of-the-box in schools.

The Skolelinux / Debian Edu project is the result of an effort that started out as independent projects orchestrated by many different groups from different regions of Europe and these days, all over the world.

In Norway,  a voluntary organization was founded on the 16th of July 2001.  "Fri programvare i skolen" ( roughly translated to "Free software in the schools" and often referred to as either "Free software in schools, Norway" or "FRISK") are the name of the membership organization for all developers and interested parties in the promotion and use of Free (as in speech) Software  in Norwegian schools. We currently have about 200 interested people aboard.

FRISK receives financial support from the SLX Debian Labs Foundation that oversees all economic aspects of our work. We use the funds granted to hold developer gatherings for the Debian Edu project, sponsor developer participation in Debian-related projects/events and for public promotion of our solutions, et.c.

Software created by developers from the Skolelinux / Debian Edu project have since the beginning found its way into scores of distributions and mainstream Linux solutions. We're proud to say that we're paving the way for a better world with an open and free educational platform at our core.