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Re: [school-discuss] what pieces of software would you demo to K-12 teachers ?

Has anyone taken a look at XPde (http://www.xpde.com) with respect to luring reluctant Windows users? It is a sure-fire bone of contention between Linux purists and those who want to ease the discomfort of the uninitiated, but this thread brings it to mind because its aim is to make Linux as familiar as possible to Windows users and still offer the main benefits of using Linux. It is an X11 desktop environment that emulates the look-and-feel of Windows, but there is no effort (in the XPde project) to make Windows apps run on Linux.

That said, I've not had time to actually download it and see how far they are with it (current release is 0.4.0). Has anyone tried it?


On Feb 18, 2004, at 9:19 AM, Tim Mansfield wrote:


If you had just a brief time in which to demo open source software to a
bunch of K-12 teachers...

...(who were new to the whole OS thing, and not necessarily convinced it was
all that great)...

...the point being to wow them with what OS could do for them, so they want
to explore further...

... what pieces of software would you demo? (Again, just briefly, so they
get the gist of what it does & how they'd really benefit.)

Note #1: Part of the the point is some of their schools might accept donated
hardware in the near future, so if the K12 Linux Terminal Server or Linux in
general is to be an viable option, there needs to be a lot of attraction to
the software that can run on it.

Note #2: I've glanced through SEUL/Edu. The case studies are appealing to
sys admins more than to teachers, and the application list is not ranked
such that I can pick out, say, the 5 most popular. I looked at the reviews
area, but the only one that jumped out as a clear winner there was moodle,
with several positive reviews.