Monday, March 06, 2006

FOSS for non-programmers

Australian blogger Bill Kerr produces a CD with free and open source software (FOSS) for his students to borrow if they are so inclined. Although you can find long lists of FOSS in various places, I like this list for its brevity and quality. I especially want to find the time to check out the following:

  • Celestia simulation of the universe
  • GameMaker
  • Wesnoth strategy game
  • Blender and Pov-ray 3D graphics
  • cmap concept mapping
It also includes some I am already familiar with:
  • Audacity sound recording and editing
  • Juice podcast maker
  • Firefox browser
  • Google desktop
  • Picasa image management
  • Open Office software suite
Prediction: if MnSCU ever moves away from Desire2Learn, it will be to an open source instructional management system. I'm not saying that it will happen, but in 3-5 years the open source applications that are currently being developed will be viable alternatives for our statewide implementation.


Bill Kerr said...

hi barry,

If you start using game maker then check out my website for resources too
game maker resources

Barry Dahl said...

Excellent Bill, I appreciate the tip.

I've learned a great deal already from your posts and the dozens of other blogs that I am now reading on a regular basis. The educational blogs are definitely some of the best learning (and thinking) that I've experienced in quite some time.

Mike said...


I got this for my 12yr old son. He has made a few neat games with it.