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Re: [school-discuss] bootable CDs?

Thanks Chris!  I didn't know that Edubuntu had a live CD and will definitely
check it out.  I really like Edubuntu and used it in class last year.

Anyone out there know off hand of a bootable that has LyX?


Quoting Chris Gregan <cgregan@xxxxxxxxxxx>:

> Marilyn,
> Yes, most people in the community are as excited as you are about the 
> introduction or the Linux LiveCD. It is the main reason why there are so 
> many. Everyone wants a disk with all the apps they find most useful, and 
> your subject based CD is one worth exploring with some of the LiveCD 
> development groups. In the mean time, there are a fair amount of subject 
> neutral LiveCDs for kids to learn software concepts, science, math, 
> language/phonics, etc. The one receiving the most attention currently, 
> Edubuntu Live, has a large base of educational software and is built on 
> the very popular and stable Ubuntu distro.
> http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/6.06.1/release/
> I'm sure I speak for all of us here in saying that I'm glad to see more 
> and more teachers like yourself taking the initiative to explore some of 
> the open source options available to you. If I can help in any way, do 
> not hesitate to write.
> Chris Gregan
> cgregan@xxxxxxxxxxx
> Open Source Migration Specialist/Founder
> Aptenix LLC-Desktop Solutions
> New Market, MD
> (240)422-9224
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> marilyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > Does anyone else see the potential in bootable CDs?  
> > 
> > I used them the moment I discovered them back in 2003.  I was teaching
> > keyboarding and Knoppix 3.2 had a copy of LyX on it.  The students used LyX
> to
> > write reports for their other classes.  I sent a Knoppix CD home with every
> kid
> > at the end of the term.
> > 
> > Since then I've kept up with Knoppix and frequently have used it as my
> primary
> > OS, using my hard disk just for storage.  Since my technical expertise is
> not
> > at the level of most of you on this list (music teacher . . . yesterday I
> spent
> > the day playing "Hot Cross Buns" on recorders all day), I appreciate that
> > Knoppix usually sees my hardware and networks easily.  It's much less
> > complicated then messing with an installation.
> > 
> > Last Spring someone from the schoolforge list sent out a link to Frozen
> Tech's
> > Live CD List.  http://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php
> > 
> > Wow!  That was like Christmas!  I had no idea there were so many flavors!
> > 
> > I found two I liked for school use right away.  I use Kanotix to print out
> > posters, but the most important for me is Musix.
> > 
> > For the past two years I have been teaching music at an intermediate
> school. 
> > Musix is a bootable music studio.  I boot from the Musix CD, it sees the
> sound
> > card and presto - I've got sequencers, synthesizers, music notation
> editors,
> > drum machines, a music theory game and even a guitar tuner.  I have
> permission
> > from my system administrator to use bootables so next week I am taking all
> of
> > my music classes to the lab to run Musix.  We will play the music game,
> play
> > with the drum machine, and write a recorder song using only five notes.
> > 
> > Couldn't we have a bootable CD for each subject area - math, science,
> writing,
> > art?  A teacher can use bootables without the district adopting a new OS. 
> > 
> > We will be using Samba Network Neighborhood to save our work on district
> > servers.  
> > 
> > Of course you all know about Freeduc.  I use that with my little kids at
> home.
> > 
> > I am giving a presentation on bootable CDs at our local TCEA conference on
> > 10/28.  It will be interesting to see if anyone attends!
> > 
> > Later,
> > Marilyn
> >