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Re: [school-discuss] Re: [school-discuss] bootable CDs?

Hi all,

All thought not a boot able CD but along the same lines as the Opencd.org
project, I make a disk I call WinOSSCDRom. The big think about my disk is
that all the software must have both windows and Linux versions. I made
the disk to be a stepping stone for user to move from Windows to Linux.
If a user can move most or all of his daily apps to the ones on the
WinOSSCDrom disk them getting them to move to Linux is only a single step
away. If Linux can not be done at least they get some great software.

If anyone is interested you can get more info and the torrent file see


Best regards,
-Richard Houston
-R.L.H.  Consulting
-E-Mail  rhouston@xxxxxxxx
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-Blog    http://www.rlhc.net/blog/

> Suggest y'all look at http://www.theopencd.org/
> I give a copy of this CD to each of the Intro Computer students at the
> Sylmar High School Magnet, where I teach.  If you put the CD into a
> Windows PC, it allows you to install some excellent applications like
> OpenOffice.org, Blender, GIMP, and Firefox.  If, on the other hand, you
> boot from the CD, your get a live version of Ubuntu, with the above
> applications and more.
> /francis
> ---------- Original Message -------------
> Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 12:29:47 -0700
> From: "" <marilyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: "" <schoolforge-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [school-discuss] bootable CDs?
>> 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