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That Was The Week That Was (TWTWTW): Edition 2
This is the second edition of TWTWTW, a weekly blog proclaiming noteworthy news in the open source world. It provides a concise distilled commentary of notable open source related news from a different perspective. For the second edition, we present a succinct catchup covering software, hardware, book releases, ending with a real Barry Bargain!

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dm-crypt is a transparent disk encryption subsystem in the Linux 2.6 kernel that provides a generic way to create virtual layers of block devices that can do different things on top of real block devices like striping, concatenation, mirroring, snapshotting, and more. Read more


  • BASIC-256
    BASIC-256 is an easy to use open source version of BASIC designed to teach young children the basics of computer programming. It uses traditional control structures like gosub, for/next, and goto, which helps kids easily see how program flow-control works. A built-in graphics mode lets them draw pictures on screen in minutes, and a set of easy-to-follow tutorials introduce programming concepts through fun exercises. Read more hot
  • iTALC
    iTALC makes it possible, to access and influence the pupils activities just from the computer of the teacher. With the help of iTALC, for example the teacher is able to see the content of the pupils screens on his screen. If a pupil needs help, the teacher can access the pupils desktop and give support from his computer. Read more hot
  • Scratch
    With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations ? and share your creations with others in the online community. Read more hot
  • Stencyl
    Stencyl is an excellent game creation platform that allows users to create 2D video games for computers, mobile devices, and the web. The software is available to download at no cost but is not released under an open source license. Read more hot
  • Auto Multiple Choice
    Auto Multiple Choice is a piece of software that can help you creating and managing multiple choice questionnaires (MCQ), with automated marking.
  • ControlAula
    ControlAula allows a teacher to control a classroom. It lets the teacher launch applications, see and control what students are doing, and transmit video and audio.
  • DingsBums?!
    DingsBums?! is a flashcard-like learning tool originally conceived for vocabularies, but which can be used for any kind of content that can be memorized using flashcards. Dingsbums?! aims to be an application which makes memorizing both fun and efficient.
  • eduMagnet
    eduMagnet can search and access different online video sites (YouTube, Blip, TeacherTube, RSS, German public TV, etc). Students and pupils can create playlists of lectures and talks and play educational content using an embedded video player (MPlayer).
  • Epoptes
    Epoptes is an open source computer lab management and monitoring tool. It allows screen broadcasting and monitoring, remote command execution, message sending, imposing restrictions like screen locking or sound muting the clients and much more.
  • eXaminator
    eXaminator generates multiple choice exams for use with LaTeX. A collection of questions in a simple plain text format must be supplied.
  • Gally
    Gally is software for teaching sign language.
    GNUTU is designed for students from primary and secondary schools - using it, you can note various information (like marks, test dates and important school events). It also can create various statistics, search for all entered data, calculate your average; it can also serve as a diary.
  • GpaNom
    GpaNom is a simple command line GPA calculator with the goal of being fast and precise.
  • GradeL
    GradeL is a gradebook program for teachers. It features an easy-to-use GUI, and produces multiple reports.
  • GtkEveMon
    GtkEveMon is a skill monitoring stand-alone application for GNU/Linux systems. It is written in C++ and uses GTK for the GUI.
  • iTest
    iTest is an open source application consisting of a server and a client which allows you to take advantage of the best of computerised examination. Read more
  • key-mon
    Keyboard Status Monitor (key-mon) is a small utility to show live keyboard and mouse status for teaching and screencasts.
  • Mando
    Mando is a human computer interface using a camera and a projector. The camera is calibrated against a projection area to determine the position of a physical pointer (i.e. pen, LED diode or laser pointer light) which is then used to virtually move and generate events of a X11 pointer. Read more
  • Marble
    Marble is a Virtual Globe and World Atlas that you can use to learn more about Earth: you can pan and zoom around, and you can look up places and roads. Read more
  • MathTables
    MathTables is a program that helps parents teach their children how to use the four basic math operations, addition, substraction, multiplication, and division. With MathTables parents can print sheets full of math operations for their children to answer. They can also print corresponding sheets with the solutions so that either them, or the children themselves, can work on the corrections.
  • Minuet
    Minuet is a free and open source software for music education. It is part of KDE Edu ? the suite of educational applications developed by the KDE Community.
  • NetSupport Assist
    (commercial) NetSupport Assist is a focused classroom management software solution that ensures teachers have the tools they need to monitor, engage and collaborate with their students.
  • Nihon-go Flash
    Nihon-go Flash is meant for beginners and intermediates learning to read Japanese writing. Currently only Hiragana and Katakana are supported, and the program does not require any Japanese specific fonts or language settings.
  • Open-Sankoré
    Open-Sankoré is an open source interactive white board that uses a free standard format compatible with any projector and pointing device. Read more
  • Parley
    Parley is a program to help you memorize things. Parley supports many language specific features but can be used for other learning tasks just as well. It uses the spaced repetition learning method, also known as flash cards. Read more
    RLS AVON is a computer-based learning system. Students receive a lecture (screen shot) and then follow up with a test made up of multiple choice questions. You could call RLS AVON computer aided instruction, but the program has the capacity to deliver instruction on its own. You could also call it an e-learning platform.
  • Salasaga
    Salasaga is an easy-to-use GUI authoring environment that helps you create visually impressive and useful learning material.
  • Snap!
    Snap! (formerly BYOB) is a visual, block, drag-and-drop programming language. Unlike most programming languages, though, Snap! is a visual language; instead of writing a program using the keyboard, the Snap! programmer uses the same drag-and-drop interface familiar to computer users. Read more

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