[K12OSN] Elementary school software needs...

Petre Scheie petre at maltzen.net
Fri Dec 29 14:31:44 UTC 2006

I'd try to give them the whole list of packages under Edutainment and Games in Gnome. 
To only give them what they ask for or only what we think of misses a great opportunity 
I think.  *THAT'S* the power of Linux and LTSP, that it makes the cost of computing so 
cheap and ubiquitous that you can throw all kinds of stuff out there so that people can 
discover things we haven't even thought of.  For example, say Gcompris appeals to only 
one or two kids in a given class; under the usual approach, those two kids won't get 
Gcompris because it's too expensive, too much administrative hassle to setup and 
maintain a program that only two kids are interested in, even if those would be great 
tools for those kids.  But with K12LTSP, it is practical, affordable, and manageable.

So, I'd let them see all all those apps.  I haven't looked into it yet, but it would be 
nice to build a script that reads all the parameters for those programs from the Gnome 
menus and builds a corresponding menu for use with IceWM.  Anyone know offhand what 
file(s) Gnome stores that info in?  IOW, what does alacarte read to show the existing 
menu structure?


Huck wrote:
> This is my first elementary school setup...
> from Preschool to 8th grade.
> Am I missing any pertinent software in my menus?
> (keep in mind the teacher have ONLY used what meager resources they had 
> in the past to teach typing and write papers)
> I have setup menu items for:
> openoffice(all components)
> scribus
> the gimp
> gcompris(for the little dudes)
> firefox(just installed 2.0 via the following *worked like a charm*:
> wget 
> http://remi.collet.free.fr/rpms/fc6.i386/remi-release-1-2.fc6.remi.noarch.rpm 
> rpm -Uvh remi-release-1-1.fc6.remi.noarch.rpm
> yum --enable-repo=development update firefox
> calculator
> terminal
> connect 4, jezzball, mahjongg, minesweeper, solitare, and hangman ;)
> they gotta have SOME entertainment no? :)
> are there any uber-vital apps for elementary kids that I've missed? 
> TuxType/TuxMath?
> --Huck
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