A Viable Reliable High Quality Software Student Proof Solution
There is hope for those archaic computers that are running XP which will reach end of life support on April 8, especially if they have a gigabyte or less in RAM memory. This is a real solution for schools with older computers, who are strapped for cash, and require a system that virtually fixes itself. Most important of all, it meets the requirements for Common Core implementation.
I have been experimenting off and on with an operating system that is a variant of Ubuntu 12.04. It is an operating system that has been created by Jim Klein, specifically for education with more than 60 preloaded software packages. It is an operating system used by schools in the Saugus Union School District in Santa Clarita. Jim Klein is the Director of Information Services and Technology for the Saugus Union School District. I met Jim at the Southern California Linux Expo and he has been one of those who have encouraged me to pursue high quality alternative solutions for classroom use. The name of the Ubuntu variant is Ubermix based on Ubuntu 12.04.
Why use Ubermix?
preloaded with 60 ready to use software applications for student use with access to over 65.000 more.
student friendly applications, office, art, photo, education, etc
5 minute turn-key installation (installation with 2GB usb flash drive or DVD) True!
20 second recovery mechanism
works on most laptops and desktops
reliable and easy to use
extremely intuitive like a phone
drivers for printers, cameras, flash drives, wireless dongles, scanners, included
requires only 500MB RAM, flies with a gigabyte
customizable; create your own variant
change to original desktop settings in seconds (no more hassling with student modifications)
How do you get started?
you need a PC with at least 500MB RAM and P4 processor or better
flash drive 2GB or more
download image and format flash drive
5 minutes to install
Where do you go for information, image, and instructions?
Download and Install image: http://www.ubermix.org/download.html
Ubermix basic operations: http://www.ubermix.org/basics.html
I will be happy to help: firstname.lastname@example.org
One final thought, as you begin upgrading, hold on to your old technology for classroom use. If purchasing Windows OS, virus software and applications is too costly, try this solution. After all it is Open Source, powerful, supported by the world, and represents freedom of technology available for everyone to use in all communities on this planet.