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Old 07-05-2005, 06:51 PM   #1
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Coolest Linux software to get people excited.

Hey Linux Gurus,

I'm doing a presentation on Linux to a group of kids at a computer camp. I'm looking for the coolest software to convince these Windows centric users that Linux is the better choice. 3D Desktop isn't an option as I don't have video acceleration on my cards. Any help would be great

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Just copy files over a network while playing a movie ;)

All windows installations I've come across so far will
crack, the movie will skip and stuff ;}
Old 07-05-2005, 07:34 PM   #3
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Just tell them that they can only see the RoadRunner on Linux... That should do it...!
Old 07-05-2005, 08:01 PM   #4
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Movie Making Manual-Linux in film production

Tell them about all of the film companies that have used Linux to make their movies.

* Pixar (Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, The Incredibles, Toy Story)
* Dreamworks
* Industrial Light and Magic
* WetaDigital (The Lord of the Rings, I robot)
* Digital Domain (Titanic)
* Warner Bros. Mothion Picture Imaging (a 4k digital intermediate facility)
* Rhythm and Hues (Harry Potter, Cats & Dogs, Dr. Dolittle 2, Little Nicky, Grinch, Sixth Day, Stuart Little, Planet of the Apes)
* Sony Pictures Imageworks (Stuart Little II)
Old 07-05-2005, 08:08 PM   #5
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If you've got the time (and patience) grab E17 from CVS. Running it now as my default WM, (even got an animated background going on!), it's fantastic (needs some work with file management etc), but the eye-candy :-) - KDE looks shockingly bad in comparison, I waited to update to from 3.3 to (' the fantastic new') 3.4, and since I saw E17, I'll never go back there...

If you need help, try, or post here, I'll be around,

Old 07-05-2005, 08:17 PM   #6
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run quake3 in linux

i know im cheep

if there young kids maybe this isnt a good idea

ohh wait you said you couldent run a 3d file manager damn. never mind then

some of the screen savers are kinda cool like the matix one that was actually used in the original matrix movie.

or xsnow i always found that program neet too
Old 07-05-2005, 10:24 PM   #7
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Show them how Linux can be run on a network / internet securely without getting spyware, key loggers, virii, adware, software installed on the machine without users knowledge, entries made to the registry, home page hijacked, executable code launched on the machine through the browser without consent, application crashes taking down the whole OS, expensive licensing requirements, continual upgrading of hardware so each new OS version will run, reacquiring licenses after 3 hardware changes, etc.

Linux usually has maybe 10 apps for each task that you can think of that will do the same thing a little differently. All you have to do is try them out and pick one. Linux can be run GUI free or with a real light WM like fluxbox for older hardware, and get reasonable performance out of it. Linux can play music, adjust volume, browse the web, download, email, edit text, transfer files from one machine to another, without even opening a GUI. Or you can load it down with KDE and all the toys. You get to decide, not Redmond.

Every version of the major distros get a little better each time for the most part. The kernels handle more hardware and tasks natively. With the right WM and light apps a PII 400 can be made to run better than a PIII with Windows.

That should be of interest to anyone who wants to use their machine for more than a toy.
Old 07-06-2005, 12:56 AM   #8
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try showing them gdesklets or superkaramba. tha wowed me when i saw it and im not a little kid.
Old 07-06-2005, 01:32 AM   #9
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Amarok. Ahh that is one amazing media player.
Old 07-06-2005, 04:37 AM   #10
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Bring their parents and ask them:
  • Do you want your kids to play computer games everyday and ask you to upgrade the hardware all the time?
  • Do you want your kids browsing the internet and catching new viruses?
  • Do you want to pay $$$ for your kids SW?
  • Do you want them to learn new stuff and become computer literate people?

For kids
  • Show them KDE will all the animations enabled
  • Show them superkaramba
  • Show them couple of games... ok no 3D that is problematic
  • Show them Gimp - and edit couple of pictures with it. Unless the kids know Photoshop - they will like it.

Anyway - in order to understand advantages of Linux they need to have knowlage in computers - and then little lecture about viruses, security, stability - of course in fun way
Old 07-06-2005, 06:14 AM   #11
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Tell them Tux is the new Windows mascot
Old 07-06-2005, 07:33 AM   #12
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set up a system monitoring utility {gkrellm}and show the Memory and CPU usage compared with Windoz XP SP2. {i.e. play a movie, burn a dvd, use the net, open a spreadsheet all at the sametime}. Put in loads of key effects{ {transparency etc} a cost analysis....Linux=$0 therefore more money for wotever kids buy nowadays.
Old 07-06-2005, 08:40 AM   #13
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Don't know whether it'll run without video acceleration but Blender 3D is a gem!

It can run on windows but doesn't run as good.
Old 07-06-2005, 11:41 AM   #14
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The best interactive 3d application that I've seen for linux? Sun microsystems Project looking glass.takes a little work to get it going nut if you have an Nvidia graphics card then go for it.Currently there are rendering issues to work out on ati cards.

LG3D version .70 is current. This software is ONLY for of the three newest cool linux technologies in the works. E17 and luminocity by being the other two. Best of luck.linux needs all the converts it can get!
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I know this thread is almost a year old and I'm sure that you've already given your presentation, but hey, why not another entry... why not just run "xeyes" (the little eyes that follow your mouse around the screen) or "xsnow" -- I think that alone will convince a bunch of kids that Linux is cool!


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