[ubuntu-uk] Porting educational software, was serious advice

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Thu Nov 15 17:05:39 GMT 2007

Hi Rob,

On Wed, 2007-11-14 at 22:14 +0000, Rob Beard wrote:
> Alan Pope wrote:
> > I have ordered a couple of Asus Eee PCs, one for my wife to use and one
> > for Sophie. I wanted to get something small and lightweight which runs
> > "normal" software. I have just called the school to get a list of all
> > the software that Sophie uses, and if it's any good I'll see if I can
> > get it working under WINE, or get someone to write an alternative in
> > python so everyone can benefit :)
> I'd certainly be interested in getting involved with porting some of the 
> old classic educational software to Linux.  I dare say some of the old 
> BBC Micro educational software would be simple enough to re-create.  I'd 
> like to have a go at porting Number Painter 
> (http://www.bioeddie.co.uk/Spectrum/pnumpainter.htm) which I remember 
> from school  have a go but I'm not very good with graphics.

I have received the list from the school and the first one I took a look
at has an online demo. It's called "Smart Learning ICT (foundation)".


The demo is a flash based effort. I wouldn't be surprised if the full
product was the same but with more content. If that's the case then of
course it will be easy to get it running under Linux either using the
non-free flash player, or test it under free players like gnash and


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