Friday, March 03, 2006

free and open source CD

For the past few years I have produced a free and open source (FOSS) CD for my students to borrow from the Resource Centre.

Each year the FOSS software available gets better and better. This year I have 28 different programs on the CD, an increase of 10 or more from last year.

I asked my year 11 students recently whether I should produce such a CD again this year. Would they find it helpful? There was an enthusiastic response in favour.

Here are the titles and web sites which make up my CD for 2006. I realise that this is just a list of software without any evaluation of the software. Nevertheless, it might be a useful starting point for others thinking of producing such a CD for their students. Or just checking out some free and open source titles.

title / name

Version and source

comments

7-zip

http://www.7-zip.org/

file archiver

Acrobat reader

http://www.adobe.com/

Read pdf files

abiword

http://www.abisource.com/

Word processor

audacity

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Sound recording and editing

Wesnoth

http://www.wesnoth.org/home

strategy game

blender

http://blender.org/

3D graphics

Celestia

http://www.shatters.net/celestia/

Simulation of Universe

clamwin

http://www.clamwin.com

Anti virus

cmap

http://cmap.ihmc.us/

Concept mapping

Crimson Editor

http://www.crimsoneditor.com/

HTML syntax highlighting

filzip

http://www.filzip.com/

file archiver

Firefox

http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

Web browser

GameMaker

http://gamemaker.nl/

Game making

gimp 2

http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html

Image manipulation

Google Desktop

http://www.google.com.au/intl/en/options/

Fast desktop search

inkscape

http://www.inkscape.org/

SVG editor

irfanview

http://www.irfanview.com/

Image editor

juice

http://juicereceiver.sourceforge.net/index.php

Podcasts: capture and listen

MSWLogo

http://www.softronix.com/logo.html

Programming language

Notepad2

http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html

free text editor

NVU

http://www.nvu.com/index.html

HTML editor

open office

http://www.openoffice.org/

Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math, Base

picasa

http://www.google.com.au/intl/en/options/

Images

POV-ray

http://www.povray.org/

3D graphics

Really slick screensavers

http://www.reallyslick.com/

Screensavers, OpenGL

sokoban

http://sourceforge.net/projects/sokobanyasc/

Game

SVG plugin

http://www.adobe.com/svg/main.html

plugin to view SVG

Typing tutor

http://www.kiranreddys.com/

Typing tutor


3 Comments:

Anonymous Chris Harvey said...

Proprietary software available at no cost is not FOSS. From what I've been told about Game Maker by Marc Overmarrs Technically speaking it is not even freeware as people are not
allowed to distribute it so you may be violating copyright by distributing it on CD. I'm not entirely sure.

Heres some notes on FOSS terminology.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Bill Kerr said...

thanks for link to your comprehensive article, chris

I'll write to mark overmars and ask him whether I can distribute game maker on the CD to my students - some of them don't have internet at home

11:43 PM  
Blogger snicker010 said...

is there anyplace were you have a .iso of the cd for download?

5:30 AM  

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