I would also like to ask a bit more, could we together create a basic documentation for the future newcomers who will put their hand on PCLinuxOS Education for the first time ?
* How to burn and boot to Live CD
* How to install to USB (with Unetbootin or Linux Live USB, or PCLinuxOS Live USB) and boot with a USB stick
Release Date: (Hopefully) July 2011
Produced by: Melodie, Crow and the testers
User Level: Children
Info: PCLinuxOS Education is constructed around the window manager Openbox and a few additional programs, to form what is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment. Maintained by an international community of developers, it comes with a beautiful interface, multi-language support, standard keyboard short cuts and additional features like tabbed file browsing. Openbox uses less CPU and less RAM than other environments. It runs especially well on computers with low hardware specifications, such as netbooks, mobile devices (e.g. MIDs) or older computers.Features:
Kernel 184.108.40.206-bfs kernel for maximum desktop performance.
Full Openbox Desktop.
Nvidia driver support. ATI fglrx can be added later.
Multimedia playback support for many popular formats.
Wireless support for many network devices.
Printer support for many local and networked printer devices.
Addlocale allows you to convert PCLinuxOS into over 60 languages.
LibreOfficeManager can install Libre Office supporting over 100 languages.
OOo4Kids Manager can install OpenOffice For Kids in 17 languages.Highlighted Applications:
GCompris - a high quality educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10
Some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational. Below you can find a list of categories with some of the activities available in that category.
- computer discovery: keyboard, mouse, different mouse gesture, ...
- algebra: table memory, enumeration, double entry table, mirror image, ...
- science: the canal lock, the water cycle, the submarine, electric simulation ...
- geography: place the country on the map
- games: chess, memory, connect 4, oware, sudoku ...
- reading: reading practice
- other: learn to tell time, puzzle of famous paintings, vector drawing, cartoon making, ...
Currently GCompris offers in excess of 100 activities and more are being developed. GCompris is free software, that means that you can adapt it to your own needs, improve it and, most importantly, share it with children everywhere.
Childsplay - a collection of educational activities for young children and runs on Windows, OSX, and Linux. Childsplay can be used at home, kindergartens and pre-schools. A fun and safe way to let young children use the computer and at the same time teach them a little math, letters of the alphabeth, spelling, eye-hand coordination etc.
Childsplay is part of the schoolsplay.org project.
Omnitux - The project aims to provide various educational activities around multimedia elements (images, sounds, texts)
Types of activities
items to place on a map or a schema,
card faces to remember,
Multiple languages support :
Available for Linux and Microsoft Windows.
Gamine - the game for the youngest. Starting age of 18 when your child starts climbing on your knees and messing around your desktop with the mouse, hop ! Start Gamine, and the child will have colorful shapes and music reacting to the moves of the mouse, leaving your desktop alone, and discovering that the move of the mouse has an action !
gTans - A tangram game offering plenty of possibilities, and very configurable
Tuxtype - to learn and improve typing while feeding Tux
Tux Paint - to draw and paint. A set of thumbs are installed, more can be installed later
TuxMathScrabble - a game to learn maths while playing scrabble with Tux
Scratch - An astounding programming language for everyone. While building stories and scenes, you will learn and teach development to young children, and many projects which can be downloaded for use can be found at the main site. Scratch: Create interactive stories, games, music and art - and share them online.
Okawix – Okawix is an offline reader that allow you to download the content of Wikimedia projects, with or without pictures, in order to then access it offline.
Okawix's library includes the 253 languages of the various projects of the Wikimedia Foundation (Wikipedia, Wikisource, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks).Other programs included
Firefox- Web Browser
PCmanFM - File and Desktop Manager
AbiWord – Word processor
Evince - Document viewer
Gnumeric - Spreadsheet
Galculator - calculator
Labyrinth - Mind mapping
VLC – media player for nearly any kind of multimedia format
DeadBeef – music player
MTPaint and MTPaint Screenshot – Painting and Screenshot Program
Viewnior – Graphic Viewing Program
File-Roller – Archive manager
Gnomebaker – CD/DVD Burning Program
Geany – Text Editor
PCLinuxOS Control Center
Synaptic package manager
Obconf – Openbox Configuration Manager
12,000 additional programs available from our Synaptic Software Manager after installation to your computer.Hardware requirements
Modern Intel or AMD processor.
Memory & storage
RAM : 384 MB minimum, 1 GB recommended.
Hard disk : 3 GB minimum, 10 GB or more recommended if you plan to install additional software from our repository.
nVidia, ATI, Intel, SiS, Matrox, VIA.
3D desktop support requires a 3D instructions set compatible card.
Any Sound Blaster, AC97 or HDA compatible card.
CD/DVD drive required
Normal user is school and password is school.
To install to hard drive, login as user root at the login screen. Password is root.NOTE:
Melodie, PCLinuxOS Live USB is not installed on this remaster.
As far as burning and booting live CD, how about just including the same info as shown on KDE and LXDE pages?
PCLinuxOS Live USB Creator overview: http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php?topic=82277.0
Linux Live USB User's Guide: http://www.linuxliveusb.com/en/help/guide
Unetbootin installation instructions: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/#install