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    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.

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    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.

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    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