[OS:N:] Open source home school
Stuart D. Gathman <stuart <at> bmsi.com>
2008-09-15 17:21:38 GMT
On Mon, 15 Sep 2008, "Gary Frederick" <gary.frederick <at> jsoft.com> wrote:
> I'm interested.
> I do not have a lot to say at the moment... and We are active in the
> homeschool community so our mileage may vary.
> I would be interested in hearing what open source others have at their
We home schooled for 15 years (now at a Classical private school for our
remaining little one).
For home school computing, I bought a $400 Dell server running Linux
(a Dell 500SC - decommissioned it last year, now have a Dell 440SC).
I installed LTSP (ltsp.org), which allows discarded low power PCs
to serve at thin clients. Bulky CRT monitors were free/cheap, and are now free
since everyone is upgrading to LCD. This provided 5 computer workstations
with a full complement of opensource educational software for $400.
Favorite apps: gcompris, openoffice, dosemu plus some old but excellent
DOS edutainment like Math Rescue and Word Rescue, tux typing. (Note,
yes I purchased *Rescue - written by a homeschool mom.)
Now a days, our college age girls have their own laptops (running Fedora 9).
It is a real hassle making the retailer refund the Windows Tax when buying
a laptop. (And kind of unfair since M$ sticks them with it. But they need to
learn to stop signing contracts with the devil.) You can avoid that by buying
one of the Ubuntu preinstalls - even if you don't run Ubuntu. Unfortunately,
the pricing is the same as for a Windows preinstall for most vendors, but