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Tip of the Day!

ClamAV is free and effective open source anti-virus software.1_7

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UberStudent Linux is an operating system specifically targeted at secondary and post-secondary students. It’s designed for productivity and efficiency.

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Want access to thousands of applications that are just a mouse-click away? Try Ubuntu Linux!

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GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a feature-rich image creation and modification program and a free alternative to Adobe PhotoShop.

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TuxMath is part of the Tux4Kids educational suite and provides a fun way to reinforce math facts.

TuxMath
Can Tux save his friends?

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LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice.org are free office suites comparable to and compatible with MS-Office.

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With a Live-Linux CD/DVD, you can restore a crashed MS Windows system to working order.  Read my book to find out how.

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AbiWord is a light, versatile and user-friendly word processor that’s free and MS Word-compatible.

http://www.abisource.com/

Project Update

You can now follow this project on facebook,  Linkedin and Twitter. Watch this space for further  updates.

Table of Contents

(Note: the page numbers are off due to formatting inconsistencies between MS Word 2010 and Libre Office.  Current length is 169 pages.)

 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 3

Introduction: Why Use Open Source? 4

Chapter ONE: Linux Operating System 5

Part 1: Linux Distributions 5

Section 1: Edubuntu Linux 5

Section 2: UberStudent Linux 5

Part 2: Linux System Administration 6

Section 1: Linux/UNIX File Structure 6

Section 2: Your Home Folder 7

Section 3: System Settings 9

Section 4: The Synaptic Package Manager 9

Section 5: Step-by-Step Package Installation and Removal 9

Section 6: User Account Management 9

Part 3: System Security 10

Section 1: Antivirus for Linux 10

Section 2: The Update Manager 11

Part 4: Linux to the Rescue 11

Section 1: Determining Hard Drive Type and Booting from Rescue Media 12

Section 2: DOS/FAT16/FAT32 12

Section 3: NTFS 13

Part 5: Emulating Microsoft Windows 14

Online Resources 15

Documentation 15

Distributions 15

Other Education-focused Linux Distributions 16

Utilities 16

Microsoft Windows Emulators 16

Antivirus 16

Forums 17

References 18

Chapter two: Curriculum 20

Part 1: Language Arts 20

Section 1: Vocabulary 20

Section 2: Writing 21

Part 2: Mathematics 21

Section 1: Numbers and Relationships 21

Section 2: Geometry 22

Section 3: Algebra 23

Section 4: Logic 23

Section 5: Computer Programming 23

Part 3: Science 24

Section 1: Biology 24

Section 2: Chemistry 24

Section 3: Earth/Space Sciences 25

Section 4: Physical Science 26

Part 4: Social Studies 26

Section 1: Geography 26

Section 2: History 27

Section 3: Economics 27

Part 5: The Arts 27

Section 1: Graphic Design 27

Section 2: Multimedia 28

Part 6: Bible Studies 28

Online Resources 30

Language Arts 30

Mathematics 30

Science 31

Social Studies 32

Arts 32

Bible Studies 33

References 34

Chapter three: Productivity 36

Part 1: LibreOffice 36

Section 1: LibreOffice Writer 36

Section 2: LibreOffice Calc 37

Section 3: LibreOffice Impress 37

Section 4: LibreOffice Base 37

Section 5: LibreOffice Draw 37

Part 2: Internet and Communication 37

Section 1: Web Browsers 37

Section 2: Email Clients 38

Section 3: Chat Clients 39

Section 4: FTP Software 39

Section 5: BitTorrent 39

Section 6: Web Development 40

Section 7: Blogging 40

Online Resources 41

Office Suites 41

Web Browsers 41

Email Clients 41

Chat Clients 42

FTP Software 42

BitTorrent 42

Web Development 42

References 43

Chapter Four: Aids to Learning 45

Part 1: Special Education 45

Section 1: Individualized Education Plan (IEP) 45

Part 2: Learning Environments 45

Part 3: Skill Builders 46

Section 1: Typing Tutors/Keyboarding 46

Section 2: Occupational Therapy 47

Part 4: Graphic Organizers 47

Section 1: Mind Maps 47

Online Resources 49

Special Education 49

Learning Environments 49

Skill Builders 49

Occupational Therapy 49

Graphic Organizers 50

References 51

Chapter FIve: GetTING Organized 53

Part 1: Curriculum Planning 53

Part 2: Organization Tools 53

Part 3: Library Management 54

Online Resources 56

Curriculum Planning 56

Organization Tools 56

Library Management 56

References 56

Conclusion 58

Appendix A: The GNU General Public License 59

Appendix B: Open Source on a Budget 67

Part 1: Window Managers 67

Part 2: Thin Clients 68

Part 3: OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) 68

Part 4: Open Source Hardware 69

Section 1: BeagleBoards 69

Section 2: Arduino. 69

Section 3: Raspberry Pi 69

Online Resources 70

Window Managers 70

Thin Clients 70

Open Source Hardware 70

References 72

APPENDIX C: PLAYING DVDS IN LINUX 73

References 74