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OpenDisc


I am a big supporter and promoter of open source software (OSS) in schools and believe that OSS holds a tremendous potential for K-16. Earlier this week, I talked about Software for Starving Students, an open source software CD-ROM created by Softwarefor.org. Another open source project, OpenDisc, also offers a collection of high quality open source software for the Microsoft Windows platform. The aims of the OpenDisc project are to provide free alternatives to costly proprietary software, and to educate users on Linux as an Operating System.

The lasted version of OpenDisc is Version 07.10 which was published in September 2007. The Version 07.10 includes the following:

Design

  • Blender (2.44)
  • Dia (0.96.1-7)
  • The GIMP (2.2.17)
  • Inkscape (0.45.1-1)
  • NVU (1.0)
  • Scribus (1.3.3.9)
  • Tux Paint (0.9.17)

Games

  • Battle for Wesnoth (1.2.6a)
  • Enigma (1.01)
  • Neverball (1.4.0)
  • Sokoban YASC (1.393)

Internet

  • Azureus (2.5.0.4a)
  • FileZilla (2.2.32)
  • Firefox (2.0.0.6)
  • Pidgin (2.1.0)
  • HTTrack (3.41-3)
  • RSSOwl (1.2.3)
  • SeaMonkey (1.1.4)
  • Thunderbird (2.0.0.6)
  • TightVNC (1.3.9)
  • WinSCP (4.0.3)

Multimedia

  • Audacity (1.2.6)
  • Celestia (1.4.1)
  • Really Slick Screensavers (0.1)
  • Stellarium (0.9.0)
  • Sumatra PDF (0.7)
  • VLC (0.8.6c)

Productivity

  • GnuCash (2.2.1)
  • MoinMoin (1.5.5a-1)
  • Notepad2 (2.0.15)
  • OpenOffice.org (2.2.1)
  • PDFCreator (0.9.3)

Utilities

  • 7-zip (4.42),
  • Abakt (0.9.5)
  • ClamWin (0.91.1)
  • GTK+ (2.10.13)
  • HealthMonitor (3.1)
  • TrueCrypt (4.3a)
  • Workrave (1.8.4)

Besides OpenDisc 0.7.10, the OpenDisc project recently release the OpenEducationDisc 07.10 which provides simple interface for students aged 11+. The OpenEducationDisc provides students with quick, easy and powerful tools specially selected to solve their educational needs. It includes several programs such as GANTT Project and GraphCalc which are not available in the OpenDisc.

So, before spending any money for purchasing commercial software for your school, you may consider to download a free copy of the OpenDisc or OpenEducationDisc. You may be surprised by the quality of the open source software that can save your school a lot of money.

OpenDisc

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