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Re: priority #1 ...
On Tue, 17 Nov 1998, Doug Loss wrote:
>Roman Suzi wrote:
>Part of the reason is that (especially with "Living Books") the programs
>aren't completely original but are adaptations of regular books. The
>rights to use those books have to be given by the copyright holders, who
>usually want to be paid; therefore the program has to cost something
>just to cover the licensing or the content.
So, tool & program could be free, but not the content!
>> 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 don't know about that. You could make the same argument as to why
>software can't ever be free. And we know that it can.
Well, probably people will buy multimedia CDs for the same
reason they buy usual software CDs: convenience of use...
And thses CDs could cost 50$ or even more...
>There isn't a Russian version? I know the LDP HOWTOs have been
>translated, and one of the HOWTOs is on doing Cyrillic output from
>LaTeX; I would have thought that someone would have Russified Linux
>too. Yet another project for someone.
Well, cyrillic support is here.
What I mean is that the Linux environment is all english: you
can type russian letters, but use english menu, command line
This stops people from even exploring Linux: our people usually
aren't so much familiar with forein languages...
And Gnome developers says its just a metter of creating
translation! (mo/po files!)
>> 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!
>The only thing along these lines I've found is Visual Tcl, which is a
There is also Glade for Gtk (NB!), which creates C code.
-- this Glade could make it easier to learn Gtk!
But they are halfway from Geeky and don't satisfy neither
geeks, nor 'programming users' ;-) for different reasons.
HyperCard is not easy, I admit. But it has simpler dialogs and
more clear way to program objects!
And also, I did not find way to make a cardstack-like thing in
Thus I say we need such visual tool as #1 thing: this thing
allow to create more things and will effectively fence applied
programmers from Gnome/Gtk details.
So, the tool must be integrated with Gnome..!
On Tue, 17 Nov 1998 EAMorical@aol.com wrote:
>>But so far open source has NO (AFAIK) followers in the
>>edutainment sphere and multimedia.
>If I understand the question correctly, the answer is that there is extensive
>work going on in open source multimedia. It is just lagging behind commercial
It is lagging due to these is no professional (and freeware)
tool for it!
>development. I will put it on my ToDo list to provide a list of links. Roger,
>I'm working on it. The one area that concerns me is speech recognition.
Roman A. Suzi
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