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Re: [K12OSN] Elementary school software needs...



I agree with you Petre, but I also find that people
who are being given an operating system that they're
not familiar with do better with less choices at
first.  It makes the menu tree seem less intimidating.
 Maybe a full menu tree and a good set of default
application launchers is the answer.

-Rob

--- Petre Scheie <petre maltzen net> wrote:

> 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?
> 
> Petre
> 
> 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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