03 November 2010

Open Source (Free) Educational Software

As a big supporter of open source software, I was glad to find a list of several educational open source software for different topics collected by OpenDisc.

"The OpenEducationDisc focuses solely on meeting educational needs of students of all ages.  Software has been chosen to address specific IT needs across a wide range of subject areas.  The contents of the disc therefore differ from the OpenDisc and are listed below."

Office and Design

OpenOffice.orgFully compatible office software for your school work
DiaMake technical diagrams and flowcharts
ScribusCreate professional looking posters and magazines
GanttProjectPlan your school projects with this project management software
FreeMindCollect your ideas with this mind mapping Software
Sumatra PDFRead PDF files quickly and easily


FirefoxA safe, secure and fast web browser
ThunderbirdManage your emails better than ever – Reclaim your inbox!
PidginTalk to your friends whatever instant message client they use
KompozerCreate web pages easily, without having to code

Art and Graphics

GIMPEdit digital photos and create graphics
GIMP animationCreate animations
InkscapeMake professional looking vector graphics
Pencil – Animate your own cartoons
Blender3D graphic modeling, animation, rendering and playback
TuxpaintDrawing program for children ages 3 to 12


VLCPlay music, videos and DVDs
AudacityRecord, edit and mix music
MixxxMix your own music like a DJ
MuseScore – Compose your own music
Piano Booster – Teach yourself the piano
Infra RecorderBurn your own CDs and DVDs
CamStudioRecord your actions on a computer
Really Slick ScreensaversGreat looking screensavers

Science and Mathematics

Nasa Worldwind - Discover the earth and other planets
Geogebra - Learn geometry and algebra
– Teach yourself how to program
GraphCalcA graphical calculator
BYOBLearn how to program and make animations
CarMetalCool mathematical modelling tool
MaximaUniversity standard computer algebra system
CelestiaExplore the universe in three dimensions
StellariumA planetarium on your PC


FreeCiv - Control the world through diplomacy and conquest
FreeColDiscover the ‘New World’ and build an empire
Numpty PhysicsSolve puzzles using physics
TuxTyping 2Learn to type like a pro
Tux of Math CommandTest your mathematical skills


7zipCompress and uncompress files in a wide variety of formats
Abakt - Schedule and execute backups of your data
ClamwinAntivirus software with automatic updating
TrueCryptEncrypt and secure your valuable data
WorkravePrevent and recover from Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

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