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 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:


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


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


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


  • 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)


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


  • 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.



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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One Response to OpenDisc

  1. Tim Bryant says:

    I’m glad to see someone has done the work for me. Folks like me have been doing this since the days of the floppy disk. We’ll take all the “essential” applications and put them on a disk for those that are less technology savvy to have. We’re really doing ourselves a favor, since it cuts down on the number of questions we have to answer, or problems we have to fix with friends and relatives PCs.

    Abakt is an excellent backup program I use myself. ClamWin is fantastic for antivirus, since most of what you run into is going to be viruses that are “in the wild”, or active on the internet at this time. If an antivirus program catches 100% of the viruses “in the wild”, that’s all you really need.

    I will say this, there is a piece of freeware/shareware missing. While Total Commander ( is not freeware, it only has one small nag. You have to hit 1, 2, or 3 when you fire up the program if you are not registered. Other than that one small inconvenience, it is essentially freeware, although I do suggest buying it since you will use it forever. It is the ultimate swiss army knife for the computer. If you have never used it, you’re missing out. Do you remember Dos Navigator, or Norton Commander? It’s that for Windows, and much more. There are an endless number of plugins that allow you to deal with just about every file type imaginable. You can add your desktop shortcuts to the menu, and for the most part I never leave the program. It’s a dual pane file manager, so moving files around within it is a snap. But it does so much more, I really can’t get into it all here. I don’t want to turn this into a commercial for Total Commander, but I will say that it’s the first thing I install on any computer I work on.

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