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openSUSE Brings New Li-F-E To Schools - page 2

openSUSE Packs Plenty for School Kids and Schools

  • January 22, 2010
  • By Paul Ferrill

You'll find applications for just about every subject on the curriculum list. The GCompris package is targeted at children ages 2 to 10 providing activities like computer discovery, basic math and science, geography, reading and other basic skills like learning to tell time. For older students there are interactive math applications, the periodic table of elements, a vocabulary trainer and more. The complete list is too long to include, but you can see what's there on the website.

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For the computer science minded there's a whole list of programming tools including Integrated Development Environments like Anjuta, Eclipse, MonoDevelop and Netbeans. For database work there's the MySQL Workbench, or you can install any of the Eclipse tools including the Eclipse Data Tools Platform. There's also a full range of computer languages including the Bywater BASIC Interpreter for learning the BASIC language.

DansGuardian provides the web content filtering but must also be properly configured to operate correctly. DansGuardian uses multiple techniques to look at all Internet traffic including URL and domain filtering, content phrase filtering, PICS filtering, MIME and file extension filtering and POST limiting. It runs on a server and acts as a proxy for all Internet traffic. The documentation wiki has more information than you'll ever read along with typical configurations and setup instructions.

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Bottom Line

openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e represents a significant step forward in delivering the tools needed to support virtually any school or educational requirement. The Live CD makes quick work of installing for either desktop or server. While the sheer volume of applications might seem a little daunting, it does make it easy to pick and choose the things you need without having to download and install.

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While you could take any Linux distribution and add to it your educational software of choice, having a pre-packaged option is certainly more attractive. If openSUSE isn't your cup of tea, you might want to check out Edubuntu, another popular education oriented distribution. The latest version was updated along with the Ubuntu 9.10 release.


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