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priority #1 in edu software: good and easy visual multimedia developer's tools
2) multimedia will not ever be freeware (homeopatic FUD ;-)
2-a) anyone know how to deal with 2)? mail me.
3) possible solution to point 2) : $subj
Discussion here is too lot for me to read all these busy days,
but I want to put some comment.
Ye, its nice idea to put
somewhere on the screen. It will be like a CPU/memory usage
meter, but based on the number of hot keys pressed, xterms
opened and the complexity of commands issued ;-)
Thus we will completely distruct student from their tasks
toward new goal of raising userIQ...
What I like in Unix is the ability to stop pupils running Doom
while they must do something else. Or delete Program Files when
they arent supposed to do.
Windows 95 is even more vulnerable than Macintosh for those
So, Linux is the right way: cron entry to close/open
/usr/games, superior file protection, etc...
When I popup (1998, May) with my idea of edulinuxational
web-site, I was met with letters from Gnome developers to do
whatever I plan based on Gnome. Since then I have not done any
developing - only promotional info to encourage developers and
commercial developers to do their multimedia
So, lets go with Gnome as a standard.
However, other interfaces must be also considered and core +
frontends thinking is fair enough.
As for Gnome 'normal' interface, its beautiful and tasteful. I
wish Gnome was more stable and didn't crash so much.
Well, open source made serious advancements in
1) open protocols (for the Internet)
2) open OS (Linux/FreeBSD)
3) major software areas (Netscape, databases, etc.)
But so far open source has NO (AFAIK) followers in the
edutainment sphere and multimedia.
Why is that?
Because art is opensource in itself, but artists must sell to
live (they can't do living on consultancy or charity!!!)
To create a multimedia product like 'Living books' are many
people add up. And the underlying tools could be opensource and
more, but not the content!
So far, Open Source also failed in maintaining data format
standards open: thus people save their office work in
proprietary .doc format, etc. This will change, of course.
However, multimedia creations will never be freeware! They
can't be! And this is a major brake for Linux in education:
Windows/Macs are deployed due to wide acceptance by multimedia
I know, its the major factor, that brings promotional efforts
of Linux in education (in Russia we have another factor: Linux
is english, Mac and Win are russified.)
I say this not because I want to spread FUD: on the contrary. I
want to hear critical thoughts and ideas how this could be
So, the main reason to choose Linux is its free nature --> 0
Well, these thoughts dont give me rest for a long time. And
this mailing list is like a candle in the stormy sea of A&M
If somebody can provide me with arguments about multimedia and
a choice of computer platform in schools (pre-higher, of
course) - I will be very grateful and put on my (russian)
web-site with proper acknowledgement.
In the edu software domain I see something like HyperCard to be
the most needed open source application: having this we will
observe endless enthusiasm and creativeness.
It MUST be open source to ensure its stay for a long time!
I know, there are some commercial things like MetaCard. But we
need really high-quality and extensible authorware-maker:
visual programming tool!
That MUST be a NUMBER ONE priority!
I hope, you agree. Without the EASY and EXTENSIBLE tool, we
can't hope to see Linux in the educational mainstream.
That is my vision of how we can destroy the FUD outlined above.
As for wishlists, I saw one somewhere: it had a very sparse
educational sector... oh... where was that? Application (to be
asked to be ported) were listed and people voted for one or
another or for 'surfer defined'... Does somebody know, where is
that place in the web? (it was advertized on slashdot or
freashmeat 2 months(?) ago or more...)
Roman A. Suzi
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P.S. I am sorry: I have too many topics in one letter ;-)