[K12OSN] New SmartBoard and Edubuntu...I'm truly impressed!

Peter Hartmann ascensiontech at gmail.com
Fri Feb 8 15:49:58 UTC 2008

Please correct me If I'm wrong...but as of yet there is no flash
integration with the Notebook software in Linux.  That means that most
of the gallery elements are useless.  For elementary schools that's a
big downer!  :(    However I have read that OpenOffice3 will play
flash so if users create there own gallery content Notebook may become


Has anyone tried the Wiimote whiteboard on a thin client?  The Linux
version isn't that stable last time I tried it but still it would be
interesting to try on a client.  Wonder if bluez would need to run


On Feb 7, 2008 9:38 PM, David Trask <dtrask at vcsvikings.org> wrote:
> Recently I was able to purchase an interactive whiteboard called a
> "SmartBoard" for our school.  I have several more in the budget for next
> year, but this one gives us an opportunity to learn more about how to use
> one.  I was excited to find out when I ordered it that it would be
> compatible with Linux, but I had my doubts.  Often times manufacturers
> make claims to be compatible with Linux, but generally with a loss of
> features or a very difficult installation.  I was a little nervous when I
> stuck in the CD to the drive on my Edubuntu desktop….and I couldn't get
> the installer to execute.  So…I went to the web site and downloaded the
> installer from there.  The installer was a breeze to work with!  It's an
> autopackage that simply asked me a couple yes or no questions…and then
> VOILA!  That was it!  Suddenly the SmartBoard software launched and we
> were in business!  The total install time took less than 2 minutes!  Guess
> what else?  Everything works!  Every feature from the notebook software to
> the screen captures and more!  I'm truly impressed!  The folks at
> Smarttech have really taken a look at the future of Linux and FOSS in
> Education.  Today was simply my first day…all I got a chance to do was put
> it together, load the software and play around a little.  I'm finding
> myself a bit excited to get to school tomorrow so I can really try things
> out.  Just in the few chances I got to try it out today, I can really see
> how it will totally change the way I teach!  I'm psyched!
> David N. Trask
> Technology Teacher/Director
> Vassalboro Community School
> dtrask at vcsvikings.org
> (207)923-3100
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