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*nix Thread, Linux and Education in Technical; HP and the MIT Libraries today announced the formation of the DSpace Foundation, a non-profit organization that will provide support ...
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    HP and the MIT Libraries today announced the formation of the DSpace Foundation, a non-profit organization that will provide support to the growing community of institutions that use DSpace, an open source software solution for accessing, managing and preserving scholarly works in a digital archive.

    Jointly developed by HP and the MIT Libraries beginning in 2002, today more than 200 projects worldwide are using the software to digitally capture, preserve and share their artifacts, documents, collections and research data.

    The foundation will assume responsibility for providing leadership and support to the ever-growing DSpace community and promote even wider distribution and use. Michele Kimpton, formerly of the Internet Archive (www.archive.org), will serve as executive director of the DSpace Foundation.

    dspace.org - Home

    To learn more about the MIT Libraries’ research initiatives, see: Digital Library Research Group: MIT Libraries

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    Tux Goes to Elementary School
    It's common knowledge that getting kids excited about computers and technology is the best way to get them excited about learning.

    Kiddix Computing has come up with a Linux-based operating system designed especially for children aged 5-10. All of the icons for applications are situated around the edge of the desktop. There's e-mail, a browser, an office suite, a paint program and some games (both educational and just plain fun). All are built with open-source code, and everything has a user interface designed for kids. You can test it out with a Flash demo at Kiddix's site.
    Welcome to Kiddix-Computing.com

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    I stumbled upon this video course offered by Professor Neal Hirsig at Tufts University. His DR-21 3D Design course is an introduction to the world of computer generated 3-D modeling and animation using Blender. The course covers version 2.4 of Blender and it is composed of a few dozen lectures. The lectures are really easy to understand and this course is a great place to start if you are new to Blender. The only downside to the course is that it is offered in Real Media (RM) format. I have no problem using Mplayer to see the stream of these files, but I don’t believe there is a simple was to save them for later viewing.
    DR-21 Three-Dimensional Modeling, Animation and Rendering Using Blender 3D Software, Spring 2006 - OpenCourseWare - Tufts University

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    Free and open source software (FOSS) has roots in the ideals of academic freedom and the unimpeded exchange of information. In the last five years, the concepts have come full circle, with FOSS serving as a model for Open Access (OA), a movement within academia to promote unrestricted access to scholarly material for both researchers and the general public.

    Linux.com :: Academia's Open Access movement mirrors FOSS community

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    elpicx.
    The elpicx live DVD is a KNOPPIX and Centos-based live Linux system with a single goal - to help students to prepare for the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) certification exam by providing several test emulators as well as a number of LPI reference cards, study notes, preparation guides and exercises. Available in English and German.
    elearnit - Karl Schock Lernen Online

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    GeoGebra, a GPL-licensed teaching and learning tool that integrates geometry, algebra, and calculus, benefits both teachers and students alike. Developed by Markus Hohenwarter at Florida Atlantic University, GeoGebra constructs geometrical figures and demonstrates the relationship between geometry and algebra. GeoGebra can help you create interactive demonstrations and precise images of geometric figures for inclusion in teaching and testing materials.

    GeoGebra is a cross-platform application written in Java, and it works with Java 1.4.2 or above. You can download the installer from the GeoGebra site. In the case of Linux, the installer is a shell script that unpacks the JAR files and libraries and creates a launcher for the application. Administrators can do a system-wide installation, while ordinary users can install the software in their home directories for personal use. You can run GeoGebra with the command geogebra.
    GeoGebra

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    (kplot)
    alternatives exist for those (like me) who dislike java

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    Heavily funded by the European Union, the Science, Education, and Learning in Freedom (SELF) consortium launched the beta version of its site this week with the motto, "Be SELFish, share your knowledge!" By the end of the year, SELF hopes to develop into the Wikipedia of free learning materials, with a heavy emphasis on material about open standards and free and open source software (FOSS)
    Portal — Portal

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    WorkshopLive.com is a virtual music school that features dozens of professional instructors teaching lessons online for all levels of expertise, in guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums. When WorkshopLive was in the early stages of development, the company had limited funds to devote to hardware, software, and human resources, so CTO Marilyn Hoefner decided to give open source software a try. "We've been extremely happy," Hoefner says.

    Hoefner's mandate was to create a site rich in multimedia, including video teaching and animated fretboards to demonstrate chord fingering. "We needed a fairly powerful platform, but we didn't have a lot of money to spend," she says.

    Guitar Lessons: Professional Interactive Guitar Lessons online 24/7, Complete guitar lesson courses plus Keyboard Lessons, Bass Guitar Lessons, Drum lessons.

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    People are often looking for a CAD solution for Linux but don't know that there is a full distro.CAELinux, a PCLinuxOS-based distribution with a collection of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software. "This first stable version of CAELinux is now officially released. Thanks to the new PCLinuxOS 2007 distribution base and the unique Salome_Meca 2007 FEA suite, CAELinux 2007 represents a jump in stability and ease of use, and we hope that you will enjoy it. As usual, this release is available either as a installable live DVD distribution or under Windows with our pre-configured VMware edition.
    CAElinux

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    one of a number of online video-sharing start-ups designed to let scientists broadcast themselves toiling in the laboratory or delivering lectures.
    SciVee | Make Your Research Known

    JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments - Biological Experiments and Protocols on Video
    short for the Journal of Visualized Experiments — is the digital mirror to traditional scientific journals

    Human Genetics,Science Projects,Science Experiments
    focuses on sharing biological techniques

    DNATube.com Scientific Video Site
    encourages scientists to upload videos of their studies, lectures and seminars

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    Free/Open-source Educational Software for Kids
    Tux Paint
    Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12
    Tux Paint - Download

    Canorus
    Canorus is a free music score editor. It supports note writing, scripting support, import/export of various file formats, MIDI input and output and more!
    https://canorus.berlios.de/

    Celestia
    The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.

    Celestia: Home

    Childsplay
    Childsplay is a suite of educational games for young children, like gcompris, but without the overkill of c/c++ and the gnome environ. Also the use of the SDL libraries makes smooth animation and the playing of sound very easy.
    Childsplay: Educational games for young children.

    GCompris
    GCompris is an educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. Some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational. Below you can find a list of categories with some of the activities available in that category.
    [Free Education Software GCompris]

    Stellarium
    Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
    Stellarium


    TuxMath
    "Tux, of Math Command" ("TuxMath," for short) is an educational arcade game starring Tux, the Linux mascot!
    Tux, of Math Command [New Breed Software]

    There are also a lot of great free and open source educational applications available in KDE Education project.
    The KDE Education Project - The KDE Education Project

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    Until now — and probably for a while in most heads — the GNU/Linux system at school has been perceived as a good replacement of other proprietary servers. However the server is probably the least important things in term of freedom in a school network. It doesn't allow a teacher to share a workstation software with students. Supporting GNU/Linux in the workstation side can grant higher freedom and liberty between users in a school.. Therefore, OFSET has setup Freeduc, a tool to help to list, to evaluate and to package only free — non GPL exclusive - edu soft.

    Freeduc-primary, a live-cd for primary school - OFSET


    Interactive mathematics on the internet
    Interactive mathematics

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    LliureX is an Edubuntu-based live DVD developed by the Council of Culture, Education and Sport at the Municipality of Valencia in Spain, designed for deployment in schools throughout the region. A new version, based on Edubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn", was announced yesterday. New features include: full support for Valencian and Spanish, with additional language modules for other regional languages of Spain, as well as English, French, German, Arabic, Russian and Romanian; improved hardware support and up-to-date software with two years of guaranteed security updates; GNOME 2.18 desktop, OpenOffice.org 2.2 office suite, Firefox 2.0 web browser and Linux kernel 2.6.20; new and more robust system of auto-configuration with a transparent installation of configuration files. Read the full release announcement (in Spanish) for further details.

    DescĂrregues - LliureX | LliureX

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    EduPup. EduPup, a light GNU/Linux distribution based on Puppy Linux, is dedicated to children and their teachers and parents. It includes the following educational programs: TuxType2, TuxMath, ChildsPlay, TuxPuck and TuxPaint.

    edupup.org

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    Linguas OS is a Linux operating system adapted for translators. Linguas OS was initiated by Anthony Baldwin. , Linguas OS was created for two purposes:
    1) to demonstrate to professionals in the translation industry that they need not be enslaved to propietary software vendors, rather, that they can use FOSS (Free Open Source Software) alternatives, and;
    2) For translators already usingLinux and FOSS tools, Linguas OS is a prefab distro solution.
    Linguas OS is based on PCFluxboxOS .
    Linguas OS - Linux for Translators - Linux para

    more here
    Marc Prior - Linux
    and here
    Linux for Translators Myths and FAQs by Marc P (Hardware and Operating Systems) - ProZ.com translation articles



    OmegaT, the free translation memory tool
    OmegaT is a free translation memory application written in Java. It is a tool intended for professional translators. It does not translate for you! (Software that does this is called "machine translation", and you will have to look elsewhere for it.) OmegaT has the following features:

    * Fuzzy matching
    * Match propagation
    * Simultaneous processing of multiple-file projects
    * Simultaneous use of multiple translation memories
    * External glossaries
    * Document file formats:
    XHTML and HTML
    Microsoft Office 2007 XML
    OpenOffice.org/StarOffice
    XLIFF (Okapi)
    MediaWiki (Wikipedia)
    Plain text
    * Unicode (UTF-Cool support: can be used with non-Latin alphabets
    * Support for right-to-left languages
    * Compatible with other translation memory applications (TMX)

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