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    I teach young children and the problem I find with a lot of open source software is that the user interfaces are often over crowded and difficult to interpret with most of the functionality presented on one or two levels of the application.

    Also often the icons and controls are often far too small.

    This really does not work at all well with primary age children.

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    I teach young children and the problem I find with a lot of open source software is that the user interfaces are often over crowded and difficult to interpret with most of the functionality presented on one or two levels of the application.


    Stand well back mate and put on your kevlar vest and hat

    Name a package and let the war commence

    @zh - apply for more bandwidth now

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    Yeh I know ....

    Open source evangalists remind me of the extreme revolutionaries that I used to argue with in the 1980s.

    They are idealogically driven.

    It's better to just state your point and move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard_Finnigan View Post
    I teach young children and the problem I find with a lot of open source software is that the user interfaces are often over crowded and difficult to interpret with most of the functionality presented on one or two levels of the application.
    The original idea of this thread was that I wanted to figure out how best to go about getting open source software - specifically, the software on the OpenEducationDisc - installed on a "typical" school network. The quality of software in general, both open source and otherwise, is somewhat variable, and suitibility for primary school children might be limited, although the OpenEducationDisc is a good place to start, being designed especially for education. How to go about improving the user interface design of various applications is a topic for another day/thread, or possibly for the Open Source Schools discussion forum.

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