URGENT: Taking open source suggestions for large University computer lab

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  1. zachbb macrumors newbie

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    Hello

    Please help me compile a short and practical list of necessary software. This is a great opportunity to spread free and open source software (FOSS) in higher education.

    I manage a course in a university computer lab in Paris, France. In December (over the new year) we are going to be updating the lab with new computers and new software. I would love to know what software you think should be installed on these computers. We are looking for both proprietary and FOSS software.

    This is a Mac lab, so all software suggestions have to be for Mac. If there are french versions, this is favorable - otherwise the English versions are fine, it's not biggie!

    Proprietary Software (The list so far):
    Microsoft Office 2008
    Adobe Creative Suite for Mac

    FOSS (the list so far):
    GIMP for Mac
    Open Office
    Firefox
    FileZilla FTP Client


    Thanks for your suggestions.

    Zach
     
  2. madog macrumors 65816

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    VLC (video player)

    Max (audio converter)

    Burn (CD/DVD burner)

    These are just a few off the top of my head.
     
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    Some people prefer NetBeans over Eclipse, and there's no harm in installing both on the same computer.
     
  5. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

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    Matlab is NOT free or open source.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Why is this urgent and in the OSX forum - kind odd

    I'd recommend first off, fedora since they completely embrace FOSS and do ship only open source software/drivers with the OS.

    I'd also recommend
    Open Office
    Gimp
    Empathy
    F-spot
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    He has already listed the first 2 in the original post

    OP: Might help if you state what type of lab this is? In the sense of what the purpose of it is geared to
     
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Why would you bother with GIMP and OO when you already have CS and MS Office? That's just a waste of your time.
     
  9. zachbb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's a general lab that we use for business students. We cover topics such as how to write CVs, cover letters, etc.

    We train them in programs like Word, Excel, Powerpoint and in website creation. Since these are all business students, I would like to open their minds a bit to free and open source software. That's why I would like to have alternatives.
     
  10. zachbb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for all the replies!

    I submitted a list and recommendations that included your suggestions.

    Zach
     

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