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What GCompris can do for your children
GCompris is an educational software which offers different activities to kids from 2 to 10 years old.
GCompris is a high quality educational software suite comprising of numerous
activities for children aged 2 to 10. Some of the activities are game
orientated, but nonetheless still educational. Below you can find a
list of categories with some of the activities available in that category.
computer discovery: keyboard, mouse, different mouse gesture, ...
algebra: table memory, enumeration, double entry table, mirror image, ...
science: the canal lock, the water cycle, the submarine, electric simulation ...
geography: place the country on the map
games: chess, memory, connect 4, oware, sudoku ...
reading: reading practice
other: learn to tell time, puzzle of famous paintings, vector
drawing, cartoon making, ...
Currently GCompris offers in excess of 100 activities and more are being
developed. GCompris is free software, that means that you can adapt
it to your own needs, improve it and, most importantly, share it with
GCompris won the [Free Software Awards named "Trophees Du Libre" that took place in France in the town of Soisson in May 2003.
GCompris is part of the GNU project which is recognized by the Friends of the World Treasures. You can find GCompris in the list of software maitained by the FSF and the UNESCO.
This software is distributed under the GNU GPL V3 License. It’s an official GNU package. GCompris works on GNU/Linux, MacOSX, Windows and other Unix version.
GCompris is provided WITHOUT ANY WARANTIES. It’s a free software, you are welcome to redistribute it under the term of the GNU GPL licence.
In GCompris, a special attention is made to keep the user interface simple and the graphics pleasant. While simple, GCompris is very addictive for the kids, even the youngest. The kid can discover the activities alone, but the help of a parent or teacher can be needed to help the kid go further.
You can see the screenshots for all the activities
GCompris runs fine on the PC 233MHz with 512MB of memory. It needs about 300MB of disk space. GCompris can be used on smaller configuration by using the light client technology used with GNU/Linux (X-Terminals).
It exists different software solution for using GCompris in thin client environment, all based on the excellent work of LTSP.
The main GNU/Linux distribution that targets schools are Edubuntu, AbulEdu, SkoleLinux.
Childsplay has a similar approach of GCompris but it’s based on the Python language and the pygame library (SDL based). It works on GNU/Linux and Windows
The KDE Edutainment Project: high-quality educational software for the K Desktop Environment
New Breed Software have Open Source software available for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Unix, BeOS, and even PDAs and video game systems!. Especially the famous tuxpaint
Another application for the youngest, PySyCache teaches children to use the mouse.
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