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  • Steve Sorden Northern Arizona University Teaching & Technology Conference Tucson, Arizona January 29, 2005 Open Source Software for Education
  • FOSS Definitions
      • Open Source Software
      • Software whose source code is made freely available so users and developers can adapt it to their own taste.
      • Freeware
      • A form of software distribution where the author retains copyright of the software, but makes the program available to others at no cost. The program may not be resold or distributed by others for profit.
  • Why OSS Makes Sense
    • Community collaboration can stretch education funding.
    • Business and higher education are starting to embrace open source and k-12 education can ride its coat tails.
  • Linux/FreeBSD Operating Systems
    • Fedora 3 ( http://www.redhat.com/fedora )
    • Mandrake ( http://www.mandrakesoft.com )
    • K12 Linux Terminal Server Project ( http://www.k12ltsp.org ) Bisbee USD has a lab
    • Knoppix (Installation-Free CD bootable Linux) ( http://www.knoppix.net/ )
    • Mac OS (Free BSD)
  • OSS Education Sites
    • School Forge ( http://schoolforge.net/ )
    • SF CMS ( http://opensourceschools.org )
    • Simple End-User Linux Education pages ( http://www.seul.org/edu/ )( http://richtech.ca/seul )
    • KDE Edutainment project ( http://edu.kde.org )
    • Open Source Now ( http://www.redhat.com/opensourcenow )
  • MORE OSS Education Sites
    • School-Library.Net ( http://baldwinets.tripod.com )
    • Open Source Education Foundation ( http://www.osef.org )
    • Linux for Kids ( http://www.linuxforkids.org )
    • Tux software and other stuff ( http://www.newbreedsoftware.com )
    • Rich Tech ( http://richtech.ca )
  • Windows or Linux for OSS?
  • Desktop OSS for Education
    • Unfortunately, not a lot of quality stuff out there.
    • Tux Applications are one example of good software that has potential, although much of it is incomplete.
    • Dcompris is another example. Similar to Playschool series.
    • CueCard ( http://www.wadeb.com/cuecard ) http://www.wadeb.com/cuecard
  • Desktop FOSS for Business
    • OSS with business application and support is where OSS currently shines.
    • Some good examples are:
      • Redhat Linux ( http://www.redhat.com/ ) - Also Fedora
      • OpenOffice ( http://www.openoffice.org/ )
      • Firefox ( http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox )
      • Thunderbird Email Client http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/releases
      • NVU HTML Editor ( http://www.nvu.com/ )