Education-Centric Linux Distribution
One of our goals is to "Promote and Produce Full-Featured
Alternative Software Solutions to Proprietary Software". We could not say we are working
towards that goal unless we are aiming to supply alternative Operating System (OS) and
application suites to schools, teachers, parents and children. Fortunately for us, there
is an OS already available which both fits in with our ideals and has a large library of
applications ready for use. That OS is Linux.
Presently, there are a number of projects (both Tux4Kids sponsored, and independent)
that are working towards the creation of an Education-Centric Linux Distribution.
Tux4Kids one such project is code-named "Omega". Omega will be an installationless Linux
distribution, meaning that it can be used without first being installed on the computer
it will run on. Because it will be installationless, it will not have all of the functionality
of the standard Linux distribution, but it can be a very effective "stop-gap" solution for
schools, teachers, or parents who want to use these software alternatives, but may not have the
technical skills necessary to install an entire OS. Omega will be essentially a single bootable
CD-ROM which will run on most (if not all) Intel and compatible machines.
Omega is still in the prototype phase, but you can see some screenshots of this prototype in
action here and here.
Other Education-Centric Linux Distribution Projects
Here is a hodge-podge mix of various projects with similar goals. At present, Omega
is on hold while we wait to see the results of some of these other projects: