Presenter: Brian Carlson, from Chetopa USD 505.
Going over what open source is. Nothing new here (although didn’t hear “free kittens/free beer” analogy, for once). Only at the presentation to hear what OS tools schools are using.
Good point: typically a lack of high-quality support in commercial products: when you’re talking to someone overseas who reads a script and only stays on script.
with Open Source: can typically get quick help thanks to forums, user communities.
Cross-platform: usually means available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems. A lot of Open Source programs are cross-platform.
- Firefox: web browser, cross-platform
- IETab extension; runs IE only sites in FF (I think). Will have to check that out for sure, for libraries!
Thunderbird: email client, cross-platform
Sunbird: Calendar client, cross-platform
Lightning: extension to Thunderbird that integrates Sunbird into it
SeaMonkey: all-in-one browser app; much like original Netscape. Includes Web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing.
Camino: Mac-only web browser
- OpenOffice: Office suite, cross-platform.
- St. Paul has one-to-one laptop initiative and uses open office there, to save on licensing fees. Opens all kinds of different file extensions, including both Microsoft Office 2003 & 2007 formats; Word Perfect
- Has extension available that allows you to import PDFs and make changes to them (not as powerful as Adobe, but still…)
- Impress: can export to Flash in version 3
- GIMP: powerful photo editing software, cross-platform.
- GimpShop: GIMP modified, so the menus emulate Photoshop, cross-platform.
Scribus- page layout program (desktop publishing): interactive PDF forms. Cross-platform.
Inkscape: similar to Illustrator and CorelDraw; cross-platform.
GNU Cash: Personal and small-business financial accounting software; cross-platform.
- Audacity: audio editor and recorder (could compose music): not as big as GarageBand, but still works great; cross-platform.
- Sourceforge: Includes a huge selection of open source projects that are at different levels of development.
- Synfig: 2d animation software; cross-platform. Project hasn’t been updated in a year, it looks like.
- PDF edit: Free editor for PDF documents; cross-platform (but not Mac.)
- Wink: tutorial and presentation creation software; cross-platform (but not Mac).
- primary focus is on creating tutorials on how to use software. Definitely checking this one out.
- Kompozer: Web authoring system. Uses WYSIWYG web page editing; great alternative to Dreamweaver for basic editing needs; cross-platform.
- VLC media player: reads various formats of media files; is also a media converter; cross-platform
- Orange HRM (Open Source Human Resource Management): commercial strength program: no charge for program, but can pay support costs
- Moodle: course management system: similar to blackboard
- VirtualBox: virtualisation product for enterprise or home use (LOVE THIS ONE!!!!). You must still pay for the OS license (if it’s Windows you’re installing); cross-platform
- Linux: Computer OS; over 100 versions (see some of the popular ones below); very stable, robust and is not as susceptible to viruses as Windows.
- Ubuntu: this one has become one of the most popular distros for desktop use. It has been customized for specific uses; most popular are listed below.
- ClarkConnect: can be set up as server: to be Internet filter, content manager, samba server (file sharing), email server
- I also brought up WordPress (plugged the KLOW project!), Koha/NExpress & Evergreen
Someone made a good point during the presentation: people/students have to understand basic principles before learning automated procedure/software. Therefore, does the version of software that is taught in the classroom really matter?