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HP's SLED Desktop

  • December 10, 2008
  • By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

In other words, customers were asking for Linux. Grant Ho, Novell's senior product marketing manager
for SLED, added, "We're very excited about this release. Desktop Linux in education very clearly meets the need to help meet the pain point in security, value and cost savings." With today's economy, SMBs can certainly use that same help.

Besides SLED's usual assortment of programs, such as Firefox for Web browsing, Evolution for e-mail and OpenOffice for office work, Novell and HP will be jointly offering a repository of more than 40 open-source applications, including math, art and word games, to improve student learning. In addition, applications for school administration and instruction will be available for teachers and administrators. This repository will be available in early January.

Stevens said that that the delay is because Novell and HP are still certifying this set of education programs for use with this particular platform. What this means for you is that when you call HP for first and second-tier support, they'll not only be able to help you with SLED on the PC, but with these applications as well. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time a PC company is offering free and open-source software support, beyond the operating system and Web browsers, to customers.

In a statement, Roger Levy, senior vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions, for Novell said, "We are excited to expand our work with HP to take advantage of the high-growth desktop Linux space. As the best-engineered and most interoperable Linux desktop, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop helps customers increase security and improve productivity. With the focus on educational users, this affordable joint offering delivers a solid learning platform and prepares students with 21st-century technology skills."


The HP Compaq dc5850 with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is expected to be available Dec. 15 in North America at a U.S. street price of $519 via HP's Web site. The systems will also be available through educational and SMB VARs. Customers will be able to buy totally pre-configured, "Smart Buy" systems or pick and choose their own hardware configuration.

Novell/HP Open-Source Education

Application Name

Description (from project web site)

Art of Illusion

a free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio

Blender

free open source 3D content creation suite

Celestia

free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions.

Audacity

a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder�

Azureus

Azureus implements the BitTorrent protocol using java language and comes bundled with many invaluable features

AbiWord�

an award winning, small, fast, featureful and crossplatform word processor

Open Admin for Schools

a School Administration Program.

openCentre

a free student information system for public and non-public schools.�

Little Wizard

a development environment for children. It is intended to be used by primary school children to learn about the main elements of real computer languages.

Multiplication Station�

Multiplication Station will teach your child to add, subtract and multiply

Childsplay

a suite of educational games for young children, like gcompris

GCompris

an educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10.�

jMemorize

a free open-source Java application that manages your learning processes by using flashcards and the famous Leitner system.

Tux Typing

an educational typing tutor for children

TuxMath

an educational arcade game starring Tux, the Linux mascot! Based on the classic arcade game "Missile Command," Tux must defend his cities. In this case, though, he must do it by solving math problems.

TuxMathScrabble

a math version of the classic word game "Scrabble"

TuxWordSmith

Scrabble in many languages all in one application

FileZilla

fast and reliable FTP client and server

Scribus

an open-source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/Unix,

RSSOwl

RSS reader that collects data from RSS-compliant sites

MuseScore

a free WYSIWYG music score typesetter for Linux

AMANDA

the Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver, is a backup system

Avidemux

a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks

CamStudio

record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files

Cinelerra

Cinelerra does primarily 3 things: capturing, compositing, and editing audio and video with sample level accuracy. It's a movie studio in a box.

VLC Media Player

a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats�

OpenVPN

a full-featured SSL VPN solution which can accomodate a wide range of configurations, including remote access, site-to-site VPNs, WiFi security, and enterprise-scale remote access solutions�

eXe�

a freely available Open Source authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of web content

Asymptopia Crossword Builder

a JavaScript education application that runs in any modern internet browser

Claroline

a Web Based Course Management System. It allows teachers (professors, lecturers...) to create and administer course websites through a browser

ClaSS

A complete student tracking, reporting and information management system

Koha

Koha Classic sets the standard in open-source library automation.

Moodle

a course management system (CMS) - a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities.�

Sakai�

includes many of the features common to course management systems, including document distribution, a gradebook, discussion, live chat, assignment uploads, and online testing.

SchoolTool

will eventually take care of all aspects of school administration

FET

open source free software for automatically scheduling the timetable of a school, high-school or university

KeePass

KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way

TrueCrypt

Free open-source disk encryption software

GanttProject

a free and easy to use Gantt chart based project scheduling and management tool

DVDStyler

a cross-platform DVD authoring application

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the operating system of choice for PCs and 2BSD Unix was what the cool kids used on their computers.

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