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One of the cornerstones of the SWATTEC project is the use of open-source software and Linux on netbooks. There are a number of reasons for this choice, some of which include:
One of our goals for this project was to try to make using a netbook as simple and reliable as a cell phone, so that our teachers wouldn't have to spend time teaching students operating systems and students could get right to using them for creative projects. For our netbooks, we are using a customized install of Ubuntu Netbook Edition. As you can see below, the interface is quite simple and attractive (click the image for a larger view):
The interface is divided into two parts: categories on the left and application icons on the right. Non-essential applications and icons have been removed in an effort to "keep it simple". The design is extremely approachable for even the most inexperienced user, and doesn't "get in the way" of teaching and learning.
In the spirit of community fostered by open-source, we are making our custom version available to anyone who would like to use it. Our version works well on most netbooks. Further instructions on what we have done, how to get our version and install it on your netbook, and how to customize the setup are on the pages below.
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