Linux for the average Joe or Jane https://goo.gl/SrifG Ubuntu 13.04 Review: Linux for the average Joe or Jane
The new Ubuntu Linux distribution, 13.04, aka Raring Ringtail, is ready to go, and for most users, it may be all the desktop they need.
True, many hard-core Linux users have turned against Ubuntu in recent years. Or, to be more precise, they turned against it when Ubuntu's parent company, Canonical, switched from the GNOME 2.x desktop to its Unity desktop interface. They have a point. Unity doesn't give Linux experts the kind of control over the operating system that they get from desktops such as KDE, MATE, and, my own personal favorite, Cinnamon.
However, Unity is not a user-experience failure like Windows 8's Metro. Instead, it's very good at what it sets out to do: Provide a user-interface (UI) that's easy enough for an 80-year old to use and provide an interface that's designed to work equally well for desktops, tablets, and smartphones. In short, Ubuntu is not for Linux power users, it's for all users.
Winners and Losers with Open Education Resources https://bit.ly/KFTXMz Winners and Losers with Open Education Resources
As open education resources flourish, the real likely winners appear to be the firms at the next stage in the chain, who are delivering learning management systems to integrate online material into blended classrooms. Firms like Education Elements, Junyo, Agilix with its BrainHoney solution, Illuminate Education, and New Classrooms appear to be growing rapidly. Insofar as publishers are able to skate to opportunities like these, they have a chance to survive in an OER world.
Open Source : Education https://opensource.com/education Open Source : Education
Education seems perpetually to be in a state of crisis. Underpaid teachers. Underperforming schools. Labyrinthine standards. Disinterested parents. Squabbling politicians. It seems as though everyone has their own answer, although usually it's difficult to get people even to agree on the right questions.
We believe that open source methodologies have a lot to offer in the world of education. This is a forum for discussing how the open source way can be put into practice to improve the world of education: for teachers, children, parents, professors, administrators, and anyone who wants to learn or teach.
MakeUseOf Linux Pack https://bit.ly/cEmoyh MakeUseOf Linux Pack is the easy way to set up a new Linux computer. Quickly and easily install all your favorite software in just a few clicks, without having to manually add a variety of software sources.
While this pack is built primarily around Ubuntu, users of many Debian-based distributions should be able to make use of it. Simply check the programs you want, download a single .deb package and install it; Ninite will take care of the rest for you.
Jolicloud : OS for Netbooks http://www.jolicloud.com/ Jolicloud is not a traditional OS. It was built for netbook users to leverage the Cloud and make their life easier.
Keep your data locally but with the ability to save anything on the Cloud and control which services you want to use.
With Jolicloud, you are connected anytime, anywhere. We support hundreds of mobile operators, 3G modems, Bluetooth and WiFi.
The Free Technology Academy http://ftacademy.org The lack of high quality educational trajectories based on Free Software and Open Standards is often mentioned as one of the factors that slow down the adoption of these technologies.
The Free Technology Academy aims to bridge this gap by providing a comprehensive list of educational modules aimed to a broad audience. These modules range from an introduction to the main aspects of Free Software and Open Standards to more technical courses on software development or network technologies.
The courses provided by the FTA can be followed entirely online and with a flexible schedule, which makes them compatible with a full time job or other studies.
Alternative To https://alternativeto.net/ Alternative To is a site where you can enter the name of any popular desktop program or mobile app, and the site search will return a list of free applications which are close alternatives.
AlternativeTo is a new approach to finding good software.
Tell us what application you want to replace and we give you great alternatives, based on user recommendations.
Toolkit on Open Educational Resources https://bit.ly/2TvzJb Toolkit for academics on Open Educational Resources
In October 2009, the UNESCO OER Toolkit (with support from the UNESCO Communications and Information Sector) was released as a resource for academics and institutions - with a special focus on developing countries - who are interested in participating in open education projects.
Most of the Toolkit is designed for academics who are interested in finding and using OER in the courses they teach, or who wish to publish OER that they have developed.
Portable Ubuntu Runs Ubuntu Inside Windows http://lifehacker.com/5195999/portable-ubuntu-runs-ubuntu-inside-windows Portable Ubuntu Runs Ubuntu Inside Windows
Windows only: Free application Portable Ubuntu for Windows runs an entire Linux operating system as a Windows application.
As if that weren't cool enough, it's portable, so you can carry it on your thumb drive.
Built from the same guts as the andLinux system that lets you seamlessly run Linux apps on your Windows desktop, Portable Ubuntu is a stand-alone package that runs a fairly standard (i.e. orange-colored, GNOME-based) version of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. It just doesn't bother creating its own desktop, and puts all its windows inside your Windows, er, windows.
Advocating free and open resources for education https://www.schoolforge.net/ SchoolForge.net - Advocating free and open resources for education
SchoolForge is a "community focal point" designed to bring together free and open resources for education. With its mission, to unify independent organisations that advocate, use, and develop open resources for education, SchoolForge aims to enhance communication, share resources and increase the transparency of development for more effective, efficient and ubiquitous open sources.
SchoolForge offers information, software and other learning content needed by teachers and students across the World, and all the software can be downloaded free.
On the education software page, over 80 free programmes are provided with detailed information. Categories of provided software include antivirus and spyware, educational software, Internet, multimedia, office tools, utilities and drivers, and web-based programmes.
OpenSourceHost http://www.opensourcehost.com/ OpenSourceHost is a specialized hosting company focused on providing quality web space and support for php/mysql open source software systems. This includes, but is not limited to, content management systems, bulletin boards, photo galleries, blogs, e-learning systems, etc. Please visit our sister site opensourceCMS.com to test some of these extremely powerful systems.
Ubuntu : Linux-based operating system https://ubuntu.com/ Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. It is developed by a large community and we invite you to participate too!
Ubuntu is suitable for both desktop and server use.
Ubuntu includes more than 16,000 pieces of software, but the core desktop installation fits on a single CD. Ubuntu covers every standard desktop application from word processing and spreadsheet applications to web server software and programming tools.
Portable Open Source Applications http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/ict/portable/ Portable Open Source Applications
This is a list of portable applications, software programs that do not require any kind of installation onto a computer, and can store data in the program's directory. This makes it ideal to be stored on removable storage such as a USB flash drive and used on multiple computers.
Becta (UK) Meeting on Open Source in Education http://www.schoolforge.org.uk/index.php/Becta_14/4/05 Becta (UK) Meeting on Open Source in Education : April 2005
- To identify what needs to be done to bring Open Source software into the wider education sector
- To identify what the Open Source community might do to support wider adoption of Open Source software
- To discuss how the Open Source philosophy might be adopted to support improvements in educational content and learning platforms.
Open Source Discussions at ITConversations http://www.itconversations.com/series/opensource.html Open Source Discussions at ITConversations
Recording of discussions and presentations about 'Open Source' Software ... programmes can be downloaded free as mp3 files or by RSS subscription to podcast
Web's largest index of Unix and cross-platform software http://freshmeat.sourceforge.net/ "freshmeat" maintains the Web's largest index of Unix and cross-platform software, themes and related "eye-candy", and Palm OS software.
Thousands of applications, which are preferably released under an open source license, are meticulously cataloged in the freshmeat database, and links to new applications are added daily.
Each entry provides a description of the software, links to download it and to obtain more information, and a history of the project's releases, so readers can keep up-to-date on the latest developments.
freshmeat is the first stop for Linux users hunting for the software they need for work or play.
Open Source and Hacker Anthropology http://catb.org/~esr/writings/ Open Source and Hacker Anthropology
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