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    Free Software for a Primary School

    Iím setup a new Windows 2008 Server R2 at a Primary school this half-term, So Iím re-imaging all the PCís & Laptops in the School. Iím looking for free Primary software to put on, the list Iíve made so far is below, just want to know if Iím missing anything good off

    Sun Java
    .Net 1, 2, 3.5 sp1
    Sysinternals Tools
    Shockwave Player
    Flash Player
    Adobe Reader
    FireFox
    DelProf
    ISO Recorder
    K-Lite Codec Pack
    QuickTime
    RealPlayer
    USBDLM
    Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows XP

    Kompozer
    Italc (Suite Only)
    Acid Xpress
    Audacity
    FreeMind
    Paint.Net
    Google Earth
    Music Maker Basic 9
    TuxPaint
    TuxType2
    HotPotatoes
    OpenOffice
    Scibus
    Smartboard 10

    Plus the normal bought software MS Office, 2Simple, dazzle etc

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    You might want to look at KLite again because if i remember correctly I heard they were packaging certain components illegally.

    I've been recommended the CCCP codec package several times, but i have never used it outside a home situation.

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    Open Office and MS Office? Personally I'd just stick with MS Office if its all bought and paid for.

    Anyway in answer to your question we find Picasa very popular.

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    I'd recommend QuickTime Alternative and RealPlayer to reduce the 'fat' running on your workstations. You may also want to have a look at the custom Firefox setup I created recently. All can be found here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t_h View Post
    Open Office and MS Office? Personally I'd just stick with MS Office if its all bought and paid for.

    Anyway in answer to your question we find Picasa very popular.
    usually primary schools dont have blanket licences for office they in my experience have enough for teacher laptops and say 6 or so other pcs so blanket installing open office makes sense to me as it does most of what the kids are ever going to want to do and that way all pcs have a common program

    its also worth looking at

    paint.net
    gimp (possibly just be careful dont let it have any file associations or you wont get them back)
    photostory 3
    stellarium
    (depending what version of office you run office 2007 compatibility pack)
    google earth (proxy permitting as leas proxy requires login it can be a pita as it loads and just shows nothing usually unless they are already on the net)
    bullzip pdf can be quite handy and script deploys fairly well
    i tend to use vista codec pack over klite
    audacity

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    How about having a look at Promethean's ActivInspire - the Personal Edition is free to install on as many systems as you like - the Primary GUI is superb and I'm sure your students will have hours of fun.

    ActivInspire : Software : Support : Promethean Planet

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    Trellian Web Page - useful for webpage design for top primary years

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    Google SketchUp
    RealAlternative (Not sure on the legality of this though)!
    Microsoft WorldWide Telescope
    FoxIT Pdf Reader (Instead of Adobe - Especially if you use redirection on Appdata)
    Wink
    Scratch
    RubberFace
    The Hat
    Pivot

    If the licensing at the school is for Office 2003 then:
    Office Compatibility Pack (To open docx, xlsx andd pptx)
    PDFCreator (from sourceforge) - although you could add this anyway for PDF printing from any app.

    If it's Office 2007 then make sure you deploy SP2 for it

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