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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
all that great)...
...the point being to wow them with what OS could do for them, so they
to explore further...
... what pieces of software would you demo? (Again, just briefly, so
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
hardware in the near future, so if the K12 Linux Terminal Server or
general is to be an viable option, there needs to be a lot of
the software that can run on it.
Note #2: I've glanced through SEUL/Edu. The case studies are
sys admins more than to teachers, and the application list is not
such that I can pick out, say, the 5 most popular. I looked at the
area, but the only one that jumped out as a clear winner there was
with several positive reviews.