Bill Kendrick and New Breed Software

Bill Kendrick runs a site called New Breed Software.

We create Open Source software which is available for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Unix, BeOS, and even PDAs and video game systems!

As you can see from visiting Bill’s personal webpage, Tux Paint is his most successful open source project, he originally created Supertux, has won many awards for his games and co-founded Linux Users Group of Davis .

During my Tux Paint screencast I read parts of the description of Tuxpaint from Wikipedia, I skimmed passed this part.

The project was started in 2002 by William J Kendrick.

I think leaving that out was a mistake, the volume was too low for some windows users, though I fixed that and I should have a title screen at the start. Apart from that I think my screencast setup is pretty good, one day I hope to have cortado setup so I can delete the flv’s.

Bill left a comment on my blog here so feel free to reply. Thanks Bill.

Watch my Tux Paint video.

EdNA Online and GNU/Linux in Australian education news

From EdNA Online News Feed(ICT in Curriculum Recent Items)

Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. “Ubuntu” is an ancient African word, meaning “humanity to others”. The Edubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Edubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customise and alter their software in whatever way they see fit. These freedoms make Edubuntu fundamentally different from traditional proprietary software: not only are the tools available free of charge, but users have the right to modify software until it works for them the way they want it to work.

From EdNA Online News Feed(Higher Ed Recent Items)

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Tuxpaint the free drawing program designed for young children demonstration video

I’ve created a screencast of Tux Paint. Its a free drawing program designed for young children. This is easily my best screencast so far.

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one media: New copyright laws threaten to make criminals of us all and DMCA set to make Australia a Penal Colony?

We need to be aware of these these issues, they reach beyond computer users so please take a few minutes to read the following articles. Apart from wages, copyright is the highest cost in education and a lot of the time it restricts the teachers from doing the best that they can do so please help stop these parasites reaching into their pockets and killing their profession.

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An open letter to the political blogosphere

Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales is trying to ramp up the intelligence of politics.

This website, Campaigns Wikia, has the goal of bringing together people from diverse political perspectives who may not share much else, but who share the idea that they would rather see democratic politics be about engaging with the serious ideas of intelligent opponents, about activating and motivating ordinary people to get involved and really care about politics beyond the television soundbites.

One hallmark of the blog and wiki world is that we do not wait for permission before making things happen. If something needs to be done, we do it. Well, campaigns need to sit up and take notice of the Internet, take notice of bloggers, take notice of wikis, and engage with us in a constructive way.

Here’s a link to Angela Beesleys new blog and if your looking for a wiki you can Start a wiki.

Photography and Image Manipulation

I added a random banner plugin to my blog and use a collection of panorama’s from Wikimedia Commons. You can read the list of WordPress plugins I use for my blog. You can also download the list of panorama’s below. Open the text file with your download manager or use GNU Wget

wget -ci Wikicommons_panoramas.txt -P panoramas

I recently repaired a friends digital camera and he was kind enough to say that I could use it whenever I please so hopefully my blog will be a bit more interesting. I’ve been using GNU Image Manipulation Program intelligent scissors to cut out certain parts of images, its fairly easy. I’ve also been showing some parents Tuxpaint, its an excellent program for kids, I’ll create a screencast soon, if your looking for something to do and have kids then perhaps do this as an activity, I think it would be fun.

Here’s a pic of Jim rocking our world lol.

Update

Heres the list.

Children First !

On the Squeak general mailing list there was a discussion about Alan Kay’s EuroPython keynote. The thing that really stood out for me was Alan’s comment about children.

Alan Kay | 7 Jul 06:45

“Children First!” means …
… Children First!
(It doesn’t mean Squeak First, or Python or Ruby First.)
Cheers,
Alan

Guido Van Rossum is the creator of Python, one of the major programming languages on and off the web, he blogged about the Alan Kay talk. Learn more about Alan Kay, he’s on the OLPC Advisory board, one of the Croquet architects and more.

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