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4 Educational Linux Distributions - page 2

Edubuntu, OLPC

  • August 2, 2010
  • By Eric Geier

Qimo 4 Kids

This is another Ubuntu-based distribution, similar to Edubuntu, but a bit more visually attractive to youngsters. It includes modifications to the panel menu and adds a shortcut menu to the desktop. Best of all, Qimo 4 Kids features a character named Illa. She's a cute and cuddly little polar bear.

Oimo 4 Kids comes pre-installed with numerous free and open games that are both educational and entertaining.

Qimo 4 Kids runs from a LiveCD, and also has a hard drive installation option.

KnoSciences

This distribution is designed more for higher education. It's Knoppix-based LiveCD that's also installable on hard drives. It's loaded with many open source applications, most related to mathematics and science. It also features the basic workstation programs, Firefox web browser, OpenOffice suite, media player, a PDF viewer and more.

KnoSciences includes several interactive geometry applications, such as Declic, Edugraphe, and GeoGebra. Examples of algebra applications are Giac/Xcas, Maxima, and Yacas. Space simulators Celestia and Kstars are also included. You'll find many chemistry applications, such Chemtool to draw chemical structures, Katomic, a chemistry game, and Ghemical, a computational chemistry application.

There are even more educational distros out there--two more you might want to check out are Skolelinux and UberStudent.

Eric Geier is a freelance tech writer. He's authored many networking and computing books for brands like For Dummies and Cisco Press. He is also the Founder and CEO of NoWiresSecurity, which helps businesses easily protect their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise mode of WPA/WPA2 encryption.

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