Software for Starving Students

The cost of educational software is getting expensive. Many schools, teachers, students, and parents are looking for alternatives. To help students get free software programs without paying the high price of commercial software, gathers a list of best-in-class programs onto a single CD-ROM called Software for Starving Students. The Software for Starving Students CD-ROM comes with an easy-to-use interface and is available for both Mac and Windows platforms. The software programs are arranged in 13 categories: Art & Graphics, Astronomy & Space, Computer Science, Games, Internet, Keyboarding, Mathematics, Multimedia, Office, Publishing, Security, Studying, and Utility. The Windows version contains 41 software programs and the Mac version has 31 programs, Most of the software programs in the CD-ROM are open source and few of them are obtained and distributed by permission. Users are free to make copies of the software programs, or even the whole CD-ROM, and give them away to anyone.

I think has done a terrific job of putting a great collection of open source applications for students, teachers, as well as parents. Everyone should take advantage of this free CD-ROM collection. The entire disc image can be download at:

software for starving students


About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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2 Responses to Software for Starving Students

  1. WMoye says:

    I have never heard of this before, but I am so excited. I love learning new stuff. Because of downloading crappy software that is not fully developed, I usually do not experiment with products that I am not familiar with. Discovering this in a classroom setting gives me the confidence to try something new without feeling uneasy about distroying the integretity of my computer.

  2. Houbinfang says:

    I have no idea about this, but I searched online and finally figured out. As I read online that the Software for Starving Students is a free CD that includes a huge assortment of software that the group has deemed essential for students: GIMP, OpenOffice, FileZilla, uTorrernt, PDFCreator, VLC, GAIM, etc. (it seems that there are many more). Generally speaking, the Software for Starving Students is a free collection of programs organized for students (but available to anyone). They’ve gathered a list of best-in-class programs onto one CD (one disc for OS X, one for Windows), including a fully-featured office suite, a cutting-edge web browser, multi-media packages, academic tools, utilities and more.
    This CD contains some proprietary apps as well, and while there is a version for Windows and OS X. But there is not free version for the GNU/Linux users which I do not way and do not care either. Because I think the users who are using the FNU/Linux must be smart enough to find the free version for themselves.
    I think this a very good idea to create this kind of stuff to either students and/or instructors. Or maybe it is good to create this stuff for the people in all kinds of areas. Sometimes we are complaining we do not have enough tools to use, and sometimes we have enough but we do not know where we can find them. So here comes the Software for Starving Students and I think this is familiar with the idea of collecting other information online for a certain users, such as open sources collection the mentioned in one of Dr. Yuen’s presentations.

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